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A Look At America’s Retail Apocalypse In Charts

While everyone likes to point the finger at Amazon, the growing retail apocalypse in America can’t be tied to just one catalyst.  Certainly, there is no doubt that Amazon is taking a toll on brick-and-mortar retailers but massive excess capacity, perpetually over-levered capital structures and a constant lack of capital investment have undoubtedly helped accelerate […]


Brick-and-Mortar Meltdown Sinks Property Prices

By Wolf Richter, WOLFSTREET.com: Commercial real estate prices soared relentlessly for years after the Financial Crisis, to such a degree that the Fed has been publicly fretting about them. Why? Because US financial institutions hold nearly $4 trillion of commercial real estate loans. But the boom in most CRE sectors is over. The Green Street […]


Dying Malls Increasingly Rely On Taxpayer Handouts For Survival

America’s dying malls have been a frequent topic of discussion of late as these relics of the 80’s have been forced to convert once valuable high-end retail square footage into grocery stores, libraries and doctor offices just to keep the lights on.  Here’s just a small sampling of the recent carnage: A Third Of All […]


The “Iron Coffin Lid”: Why The Euphoric Surge In Japanese Stocks Is Coming To An End

Last week, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index enjoyed its longest winning streak in history which eventually ending after 16 consecutive days of gains, only to resume rising after a brief one day hiatus. And, as foreign investors once again flood the Japanese stock market, chasing the momentum which has pushed local stocks to levels not seen […]


This Time Isn’t Different & The Lack Of Value

Authored by Vitality Katsenelson via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, We are having a hard time finding high-quality companies at attractive valuations. For us, this is not an academic frustration. We are constantly looking for new stocks by running stock screens, endlessly reading (blogs, research, magazines, newspapers), looking at holdings of investors we respect, talking to our large network […]


Spanish Stocks, Bonds, Euro Sink After Catalan Referendum Fiasco; S&P Futures Rise

While S&P futures were modestly higher, rising 0.1% in a quiet session in which China, South Korea, India and Hong Kong were closed for holidays, the Euro, Spanish stocks and bonds were broadly lower as Spain faces its worst constitutional crisis in years following a dramatic, violent crackdown on Sunday’s Catalan independence referendum in which […]


Meanwhile, The “Next Big Short” Is Quietly Blowing Up

Back in March, when we detailed the ongoing catastrophic deterioration in the US retail sector, manifesting itself in empty malls, mass store closures, soaring layoffs and growing bankruptcies – demonstrated most vividly by the overnight bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us, the second largest retail bankruptcy in US history after K-Mart – we said that “just […]


Is This The Biggest Damocles Sword Hanging Over The Markets?

Authored by Ralf Zimmermann, Head of Equity Strategy at Bankhaus Lampe KG, Let’s forget for ten minutes the upcoming Q3 reports (supportive for stocks), US policy risks (probably the biggest medium-term risk for stock markets), hurricane-related diversions and North Korean rumblings – and turn to a pretty fundamental issue, most likely the biggest one in […]


Paradox: With The S&P At All Time Highs, US Stocks Suffer Longest Streak Of Outflows In 13 Years

The paradox of the US stock market continued for yet another week, because according to Bank of America citing EPFR data with the S&P effectively at record highs, US equity funds have suffered their longest outflows streak in 13 years, as investors pulled out another $2.6 from US stocks in the week ending Wednesday. That […]