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Read in the paper yesterday that the Fed is starting to worry seriously about deflation, saying that it is a far more serious problem to the economy than inflation, and that they're pretty much running out of tools to combat it -- interest rates can't go much lower no matter what.



is this the case where overcapacity/oversupply occurs during the good times is followed by a reversal in fortunes, major consolidation/bankruptcies and loss of jobs. If nothing else, would bet on more consolidation taking place to take capacity off the table. Too many companies carrying debt and not making much on their sales right now for some not to fail. Question is which ones and how many lose their jobs in the process....

been reading about this for a while now. And if one looks at whats going on in the retail/auto sector, seeing a lot of selling taking place at pay nothing for X months, 0% interest during that time, etc. If that isn't a ploy to move products, haven't seen much better. And on top of it, it appears profit margins on the products being sold are being cut hard, especially the big ticket items.

for those that can afford to buy and take advantage of the discounts, all I can say is don't hesitate. I know we picked up a Mazda MPV for what will work out after 4 years to approx what it cost the dealer to buy it. Think his profit will work out to be the end of year kickback from the manufacturer. Why did we buy now? Knew we had to replace our older van in a few years anyways. Playing the odds that the deal we got now is going to be about as good as its gonna get once the recovery starts.

just wish we were building our log home this year instead of a couple of years from now (would build now but don't want to let it stand empty for too long). Could save a small fortune in the current environment with outfitting the place with hardware...
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