Ever wonder who’s responsible for the widening wealth gap in America? Or how the middle class across the country got hollowed out in a generation?
It’s not a mystery, though what’s happened has been shrouded in false narratives and fake news.
The truth’s in front of us. We’re living it in real-time. It’s just never discussed openly… for a reason. The people who are behind this growing catastrophe have rigged the system into believing this is normal.
The bricks-and-mortar retail “ice age” is quickly enveloping traditional grocers in its big chill.
As if more bricks-and-mortar competition on the ground isn’t bad enough, grocers are now being forced to chase customers who are tired of old-style consumer packaged goods (CPG). They are being wooed away by fresh food upstarts, meal kit delivery services, “basket bandits,” and the Amazon.Com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) army with its never-ending onslaught of online marauders.
Competition and structural disruptions in the $649 billion grocery space (as of 2016’s total revenues), with its average profit margin of barely 2%, are going to create new winners and kill off the slow-moving, undercapitalized, and overly indebted big name grocers.
When it comes to profits, I aim high. My readers do, too.
In fact, if you’re reading this now, you may be one of the readers I’m thinking of. I have heard time and time again from Wall Street Insights & Indictments subscribers who have used my advice here to make serious profits. The ones who have stuck with me the longest are the same ones who have seen the biggest gains roll into their bank accounts, and nothing makes me happier.
For those of you who still have doubts, or are perhaps new to my services, I want to take the time to answer a question I’ve been getting a lot lately.
We tend to set our lofty sights on stocks that are heading south… but there are absolutely forces that can still push those stocks higher. If the market’s going gangbusters and everybody’s gung-ho about stocks going to the moon, even crap stocks can (and often do) get pulled up too.
In my mind, there are three distinct reasons that stocks that should be trampled on and trampled out of go up.
While the rest of the bricks-and-mortar retailers in America are shedding stores as fast as they can (though not fast enough for some of them to beat debt collectors to bankruptcy court), Kohl’s triple-threat-to-the-company is actually adding new old fashioned physical stores to the mid-tier retailer’s lineup.
Is 1154 stores in 49 states not enough?
Maybe Mansell is trying to pick up some of the stores Macy’s is closing… as well as Target, Walmart, and JC Penney.
Hey Kevin, I’ve got Eddie Lampert on the phone, he says he’s got a few hundred Sears and Kmart stores he’s looking to unload before Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLD) declares bankruptcy. How many do you want?
In a desperate gambit to heat up Kohl’s sales in the retail ice age, to escape what I’m calling an extinction level event, the company’s lead sled dog is dragging the retailer straight off of a cliff.
Why is he doing this, and what’s going to happen to Kohl’s? And, my favorite question, how much can you make off of his chilling move?
In 2015, online apparel sales took the number one spot in total online sales from the computer hardware sector (personal computers and tablets), which had been the undisputed online sales leader for a decade.
With the growth of online shopping and increasing online apparel sales starting to explode, it’s no wonder America’s bricks-and-mortar apparel retailers are closing stores across the country.
If these trends continue, and researchers expect them to, Wall Street analysts say we could see 50 retail bankruptcies in the next 12 to 24 months.
I first heard the phrase ‘retail ice age’ on Fox Business News’ Varney & Co. I don’t know if anchor Stuart Varney coined it, but it’s a pretty good assessment of the condition of bricks-and-mortar retail in America.
Sure, some down in the dumps retail stocks will bounce if the market keeps on rallying.
But beware – these stocks aren’t being bought because they’re value stocks. They aren’t even good bargains.
There’s a reason some of them are moving up, and it’s scary.
As banks report earnings this quarter, investors and the media seem anxious about their prospects.
They should be.
Even though JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo beat analysts’ consensus estimates when they all reported yesterday, the headline numbers don’t tell the real story.
Banks themselves had steadily walked down analysts’ expectations for almost three weeks leading up to the start of earnings releases, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they magically beat forecasts.
Still, all the bank’s stocks got hit while the market slump put pressure on them yesterday
This past Wednesday, in a closed-door meeting between the director of President Trump’s National Economic Council and the Senate Banking Committee, the NEC’s Gary Cohn and Senator Elizabeth Warren apparently cozied up on the idea of separating commercial banking from investment banking.
Talk about strange bedfellows.
Gary Cohn, immediately prior to joining the Trump Administration, was president and COO of Goldman Sachs, one of the most powerful and profitable investment banks in history. He was, essentially, a general in the mega-bank oligarchy that many Americans believe directs the U.S. government.
Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, was a Harvard Law professor who served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama, was elected Senator of Massachusetts in 2012. She has arguably been the most vocal Big Bank basher in the past decade.
These polar opposites joining forces to dismantle the engine room of crony capitalism seems impossible.