Here Are the Masters of the New Retail Universe
June 01, 2020 at 05:00 AM EDT
Catchphrases like the "Death of Retail!" or the "Retail Apocalypse!" have been flying all over the media for around a decade now. Whales like Amazon and Walmart have been crushing the competition since way, way before the coronavirus upended life and commerce around the world. Just take a look at this exchange-traded fund. I've been talking about it in my Markets Livestream because it's returned almost 5% this year. I'm talking about the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF. And get this: It's trading under the ticker EMTY. The name and ticker say it all, but still... Ouch . Someone on Wall Street has an edgy sense of humor... In 2019, more than 9,300 store closings were announced, and the COVID-19 pandemic promises to eclipse that grim record. I'm reading now that Cushman & Wakefield estimate a whopping 12,000 big chain stores could fold in 2020. Look - it would be unfair to lay all of this at the feet of Amazon and Walmart; for retailers, business conditions can be fluid at the best of times, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely brutal for most of the consumer spending-driven U.S. economy. So the big players have clearly cemented their positions. But here's the thing: They're not the only game in town. Nor is all retail dead - not by a longshot. It's just that, to use an "SAT word," retail has almost completely bifurcated; there are now two separate retail sectors emerging. Let me tell you all about the one you want to be in for the long haul... Full Story The post Here Are the Masters of the New Retail Universe appeared first on Money Morning - We Make Investing Profitable . Let me tell you all about the one you want to be in for the long haul... Tags: trading strategies To get full access to all Money Morning content, click here About Money Morning: Money Morning gives you access to a team of ten market experts with more than 250 years of combined investing experience – for free . Our experts – who have appeared on FOXBusiness, CNBC, NPR, and BloombergTV – deliver daily investing tips and stock picks, provide analysis with actions to take, and answer your biggest market questions. Our goal is to help our millions of e-newsletter subscribers and Moneymorning.com visitors become smarter, more confident investors. Disclaimer: © 2020 Money Morning and Money Map Press. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including the world wide web), of content from this webpage, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Money Morning. 16 W. Madison St. Baltimore, MD, 21201.