I don't have much use for consumer sentiment measures in the conventional sense that most market observers view them. They don't seem to have any predictive value. The aren't good predictors of retail sales or the stock market. They seem to merely follow stock market trends, or in the case of 2000-2005, the housing bubble trend.
Here's What Consumer Sentiment- A Great Long Term Contrary Indicator- Is Telling Us Now
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David Stockman’s Contra Corner isn’t your typical financial tipsheet. Instead it’s an ongoing dialogue about what’s really happening in the markets… the economy… and governments… so you can understand the world around you and make better decisions for yourself.
David believes the world -- certainly the United States -- is at a great inflection point in human history. The massive credit inflation of the last three decades has reached its apogee and is now going to splatter spectacularly.
This will have lasting ramifications on how governments tax and regulate you… the type of work you and your family members will have available and what you get paid… the value of your nest egg… and all other areas comprising your quality of life.