Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Meredith Whitney: Consumers in Trouble

by Bill McBride on 12/08/2009 09:48:00 AM

From CNBC: Government 'Out of Bullets,' Consumers in Trouble: Whitney

Primary among her concerns is the lack of credit access for consumers who she said are "getting kicked out of the financial system." She said that will be the prevailing trend in 2010.
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"You're going to get a situation where you revert from a consumer standpoint," she added, "where those that had bank accounts for the first time, credit cards for the first time, homes for the first time get kicked out of the system and then fall prey to real predatory lenders."
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"I have 100 percent conviction that the consumer is not getting any better and there's not more liquidity," Whitney said. ... "For a 2010 prediction, which is so disturbing on so many levels to have so many Americans be kicked out of the financial system and the consequences both political and economic of that, it's a real issue. You can't get around it. This has never happened before in this country."
Ms. Whitney makes me look like an optimist!

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