Thursday, March 12, 2009

Summary Post: Household Wealth, Retail Sales, and more

by Calculated Risk on 3/12/2009 09:15:00 PM

The market rallied back to 1997 and ...

The Fed reported that household wealth plunged, from MarketWatch:

U.S. households saw their net worth fall by $11.2 trillion, or 18%, to $51.5 trillion at the end of 2008, wiping out five years of gains
Here are several graphs on household wealth and household equity (record low) based on the Fed's Flow of Funds report.

Meanwhile, the employment outlook is still grim. See: Unemployment Claims: Continued Claims at Record 5.3 Million

But retail sales should some signs of stabilization - at a much lower level - off almost 10% from a year ago. There are reasons to be skeptical of the data, but this is a small positive.

Also, the counterparty risk issue with mortgage insurers is heating up again.

Another interesting day ... best to all.