Up is Dow; Dow is up
Whee! The Dow just closed 936 points up. But that doesn't guarantee that your depression will lift.
The volatile market could just as well take a plunge or two or 10 in the coming weeks. With that in mind, go back a few days and read Kathleen Madigan's October 10 item in the Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics blog, "Loss of Wealth to Weigh on Consumer Spending."
And wealth is lost, as she points out:
Strapped as we are, even after today's stock-market rise, we're being told by some experts that we all may have to spend our way out of this recession-verging-on-depression.
Get ready for a blizzard of ad campaigns and other propaganda urging you to be a good citizen by going out and spending money.
Save your stores, you'll be told, because retailers are getting ready to take a major hit — a tsunami. Experts (or people who say they are) predict the biggest drop in consumer spending in three decades.
But maybe we should take an On the Beach approach to this and go shopping now because we may have no money with which to shop when we reach retirement. Madigan points out: