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Personal Income Growth is Breaking Higher

CAMS Weekly View from the Corner – Week ending 8/3/2018

August 8, 2018

A common sense off-shoot of a strong economy are income levels that are growing consistently.

Through all the endless breakdowns of economic views via various forms of media the bottom line “tell” if you will is simply if the citizenry are experiencing solid growth in their income rates.

Disposable Personal Income (DPI) is an often referenced broader measure that reflects income after taxes.

This past week the Personal Income data was released and it reflected a pickup out of a recent range.  If we were looking at this through the lens of a chart only we would call this a breakout higher after a sideways digestion.

With this we would sit up and take note as the market under review would be offering us a behavior change to the positive.  In this case the “market” is the income earning market of the citizenry at large.

Logically this harkens back to the employment market and general wage earning backdrop we are experiencing.

FRED Disposable Personal Income - 8.6.18

The above is a ten year view of the just updated Disposable Personal Income.  With the aforementioned breakout higher DPI has broken above the 5% growth barrier and is currently registering a year-over-year increase of 5.4%.  This is excellent performance as the breakout higher is representative of a solid economic landscape.

Going forward we need to see this trend higher or at least hold in the 5% range.  As the chart depicts in the last decade anytime 5% or higher was attained it was merely a blip and quickly turned south to go sub 5% or worse.

With our historically highly valued markets coupled with the citizenry’s debt levels strong personal income growth to support them all is essential.

This breakout higher is yet another checkmark on our current economic strength.

I wish you well…

Ken Reinhart

Director, Market Research & Portfolio Analysis

Portfolio Manager, CAMS Spectrum Portfolio


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