The game of enabling more debt by lowering interest rates and loosening lending standards is coming to an end.If we define Christmas as consumer spending going up while earnings are going down, 2015 will be the last Christmas in America for a long time to come. In broad brush, Christmas (along with all other consumer spending) has been funded by financialization, i.e. debt and leverage, not by increased earnings.The primary financial trick that’s propped up the “recovery” for seven years is piling more debt on stagnating incomes. How does this magic work? Lower interest rates.

Source: oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: 2015: The Last Christmas in America

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