Good morning! The $1 store is now the $1.25 store. It's been a fun run of 35 years of $1 prices but Dollar Tree will now price most items at $1.25. While NYC nightlife seems to have somewhat bounced back, its job recovery is lagging behind other major US cities, as it continues to suffer from the loss of tourism jobs. The city had regained 56% as of September from pandemic lows, worse than the Northeast region’s median rate of 69% and the nation’s major metropolitan figure of 71%.
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While you might be worrying about the price of Turkey on Thanksgiving, the ultra rich are facing worries of their own – price hikes on yachts, mansions, watches, private jets, which are all in short supply and high demand.
Yacht broker, Trenton Carroll, says it was typical for him to have up to $10 million worth of inventory at any given time and it could take six months to make a sale. Now he rarely has anything in stock; the other week, a pre-owned sailboat was snapped up, sight unseen, 12 hours after he listed it.
“I’ve got boats sold out to 2023 that won’t be here for a year and four months, and yet people are willing to wait because they know there’s nothing else around," said Trenton.
In October, there were 323,000 private jet flights, the busiest month on record. NetJets, the world's biggest private jet company, is going to extremes like suspending jet card sales and hiking prices to turn people away.
Art is wylin' too. Last week a painting at Sotheby's auction sold for $3.2 million, over 10x its high estimate.
Sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Philips totaled $2.65 billion over the course of the last two weeks, smashing the all-time record for fall sales of $2.59 billion in 2014.
Short Squeez Takeaway: The post-pandemic American economy is boomin' with demand for literally anything through the roof. Demand combined with supply chain shortages pushed inflation to a record 6.2% in October, a record in over 30 years. With the wild times showing no signs of stopping, looks like inflation will also keep mooning.
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