Doug Elliot, publisher of the Sask Trends Monitor newsletter is warning that consumer spending has “gone into some kind of bubble that’s going to burst.” In a Star Phoenix story titled, “Sask. Consumer spending expected to peak soon” Elliot warns that the big spending spree has to end sometime. He sees that “sometime” looming, perhaps as soon as early 2008.
Elliot notes that massive spending in Saskatchewan is based partly on economic reality to the extent that employment and incomes in the province have increased, but he adds that a variety of psychological factors that are hard to quantify have been encouraging people to spend more money, raising concerns that the level of consumer debt is increasing while savings are decreasing.
One of those factors is related to increasing property values which tend to “make homeowners feel richer and thus more inclined to spend,” says Elliot.
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