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At Home with the New Consumer

The pandemic has upended our lives, even altering our spending habits. Bikes and in-home entertainment are in; restaurant spending is out. Are these shifts temporary, or more permanent? And what could they mean for economic growth? Our experts take a look.

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At Home with the New Consumer

July 30, 2020

Merrill Perspectives

The coronavirus is transforming our lives in countless ways, including our shopping habits and needs, as we adapt to our much more solitary lifestyles. But even in the future, as life eventually returns to “normal,” many of the changes in what we buy and how we spend our time could very likely remain.

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In this episode of the Merrill Perspectives podcast, our hosts, Candace Browning, Chris Hyzy and Robby Ohmes, explore the impact the coronavirus is having on our consumer culture—including the growing prevalence of “solitary leisure” activities, changes in our buying preferences and the shift to “E-everything,” and what could be a new wave of product innovation that’s rising to meet the new realities of how we’re living, working, learning and spending time with family and friends. They also look at how different sectors and industries are adapting to these changes, and why, in the longer term, consumer spending could be the key to economic recovery.  And they shine a light on the potential investment opportunities that could emerge as our consumer economy continues to transform.

 

Candace Browning Headshot

Host:
Candace Browning

Head of
BofA Global Research

Chris Hyzy Headshot

Host:
Christopher M. Hyzy

Chief Investment Officer
Merrill and Bank of America
Private Bank

Robby Ohmes Headshot

Host:
Robby Ohmes

Managing director
and Senior U.S. Consumer
Analyst for BofA Global Research

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Candace Browning Headshot

Host:
Candace Browning

Head of
BofA Merrill Lynch
Global Research

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Chris Hyzy Headshot

Host:
Christopher M. Hyzy

Chief Investment Officer
Merrill and Bank of America
Private Bank

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Robby Ohmes Headshot

Host:
Robby Ohmes

Managing director and
Senior U.S. Consumer Analyst for
BofA Global Research

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