The personal savings rate for September was released at 8:30am this morning.
Savings rate was again negative, for the fourth month in a row, at -0.4%. The August savings rate was revised downward from somewhere around -0.7% to -1.8%. The American Consumers are continuing on their consumption and spending binge, dipping further into savings to finance the party. While incomes did increase a bit this month, spending increased as well (a very American concept: I Make, Therefore I Spend).
As we move into the holiday spending season with energy prices rising, this figure looks to stay in negative territory for the next few months. How long can the spending and credit binge continue?