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Global Recession 3 days 11 hours ago #1

With the amount of online commerce, I don't see Amazon having a problem with being a monopoly. These chains may be closing brick and mortar stores, but they still have their online sales. And then there are stores like Walmart, Lowes, and Kohl's that are showing no signs of slowing down in their physical places of business.
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Global Recession 3 days 17 hours ago #2

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Moneyes wrote:
That would make Amazon happy......and E-Bay......and all the other one's. People need to take a breath and remember that a recession does not have a negative impact on every single sector of the market. That's what a depression does. The are parts of the market that will continue to do well and even better if they can pick up the customers other failing retailers lose.
I don't think Amazon would like it much because if they get too much of the market, the Monopolies rules will kick in. If they're the only provider they can be forced to split for consumer protection.
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Global Recession 5 days 9 hours ago #3

I heard the other day that Penney's is closing something like 140 stores this year. The malls in my area have been like ghost towns for years. I think everything online is where we're headed and it wouldn't surprise if large malls with 100 stores are a thing of the past ten years from now.
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Global Recession 6 days 3 hours ago #4

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That would make Amazon happy......and E-Bay......and all the other one's. People need to take a breath and remember that a recession does not have a negative impact on every single sector of the market. That's what a depression does. The are parts of the market that will continue to do well and even better if they can pick up the customers other failing retailers lose.
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Global Recession 6 days 15 hours ago #5

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Interesting comments. Following on your points ... I have never seen so many eateries branded and nonbranded along with big box and one of a kind retail establishments go away. While I have no doubt retail grossly over built the retrenchment is so harsh, fast and forever. Sears, KMart, Radio Shack, JC Penney, Macys is struggling, Kohls is loosing ground, and many Sporting Goods chains. And to continue on the doomsday beat Best Buy has had swings in their profitability along with Target Stores. Where does it end. Everything on the web?
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Global Recession 6 days 16 hours ago #6

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The problem is that this time there hasn't been a good time. Everything crashed in 2008, and it feels like its only now we're seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Now there's a threat of it dipping back down again? It feels kind of like seeing the end of the roaring twenties and wondering when the good times will come back. I hope our good times actually do.
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Global Recession 5 months 3 weeks ago #7

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In true capitalism, there is always going to be cycles and I am not arguing for capitalism, but that is just how it works. Really the only way to prepare yourself is try to save as much as you can during the good times and limit your spending in the bad times.
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Global Recession 5 months 3 weeks ago #8

That's exactly what I was thinking, Frugalfran. It doesn't seem possible that things could be worse than how they were in 2008. I know that we are just starting to get back on our feet from that time. I really don't want to do it all over again and lose even more this time around. Is there anyway to protect ourselves from having this happen again?
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Global Recession 6 months 8 hours ago #9

I saw a news report the other day that said there are many signs indicating we will soon be in the same, if not worse, situation as 2008. It's really scary to think about it being any worse than that. I just don't understand how we can spiral downward so quickly when we haven't even fully recovered from the last mess.
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Global Recession 6 months 1 week ago #10

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A prediction says that one of most possible reasons is the tightening of monetary policy to slow inflation. Investment in houses may even be dangerous as the economy slows down. We can already feel it now, so I wonder if we will see the bottom in 2017.
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Global Recession 6 months 3 weeks ago #11

My boss has been talking a lot about this lately. He thinks that we are in for another depression soon. I wish that there was a way out of the stock market, especially with my 401K because the last time everything went downhill I ended up losing a lot of my retirement money.
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Global Recession 10 months 3 days ago #12

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Hard to disagree with you. I even think you have to be careful with owning hard assets, such as a home and land. Prices have really rebounded in certain areas of the US. And the amount of personal/consumer debt may put housing prices at a risk.
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Global Recession 10 months 1 week ago #13

Even with interest rates at record lows across the globe, stocks are at all time highs in most countries - certainly the US... Very deceiving in my opinion. I cannot see a way out of the debt our country has, extreme money printing, a very possible bond and stock bubble, bad employment numbers, horrible earnings for the most part, consumer spending, etc - other than a severe recession, depression or long term panic. In my opinion, owning hard assets, such as precious metals, housing, land, etc, and getting out of the stock market should be considered at this point.
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