Credit Card Addicted Nation: How Americans have Pushed Themselves off the Fiscal Cliff. $931 Billion in Credit Card Debt Outstanding.
Credit cards were developed as a form of convenience and not another stream of household income. The first major use in the United States started in the 1920s when it was used for the purposes of fueling the expanding auto owner population. Bank of America created the BankAmericard in 1958 which later became the Visa [...]
The Country that Punishes Savers: Americans Saving 7 percent of Income Putting nearly $800 Billion Annual Rate on the Sidelines. Banks offering 0 to 0.10 Percent to Borrow Your Money.
Americans are increasingly putting more and more money on the sidelines. For the month of May Americans put away 6.9 percent of their income into savings. Not the stock market or real estate but bona fide savings. This is a stark contrast from the zero rates achieved back in April of 2008. When we discussed [...]
$100,000 a Year Will Make you Go Broke with the California Tax System: Why California is a Fiscal Disaster. Broken Tax Structure built on Bubbles.
It is amazing how little attention on a national scale the California debacle is getting. California alone is the 8th largest economy in the world and contributes $1.8 trillion a year to the national GDP. In the mainstream press, all you hear is sound bites of “there goes California” yet the state is teetering on [...]
On June 15th California implemented another foreclosure moratorium. The California Foreclosure Prevention Act (CFPA) was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger which adds another 90 days to the foreclosure process. If you recall, a similar law was put into place in 2008 and turned out to be an utter failure. So what do we do? [...]
Downey Savings and Loan: The Anatomy of an Option ARM led California Banking Disaster. Other People’s Money Delusion.
On June 15, 2009 the Office of the Inspector General issued their audit report regarding the failure of California’s Downey Savings and Loan Association (Downey). Now the story of DSL is important because it highlights the entire process of how we came to this financial crisis that now threatens the economic stability of the world. [...]
20% U-6 Rate by End of 2009: Employment Situation: Economic Indicator of Hours Worked Dropping at Fastest Pace Since 1970s. A Key Financial Leading Indicator. 7 Million Unemployed since Start of Recession.
The headline number of 9.4 percent unemployment doesn’t do any justice to the 26,000,000 unemployed or underemployed Americans. Last month, we saw the unemployment situation improve when only 345,000 job losses came online. This sure beats the 500,000+ months we had for six consecutive months. Yet the actual unemployment rate jumped from 8.9 percent to [...]
The Economic Recovery Decoy: Bank Refuge and Auto and Home Sales Plummet. Two Largest Purchases for Americans still Treading Water. Number of Renters Increases by 748,000 in one Quarter.
When I hear about the banks and Wall Street returning TARP money to the government I can’t help to think of a successful Trojan Horse hitting our economy from within. The initial rush to back an unprecedented bailout for the sake of the economy actually turned out to be a strategic looting of the American [...]
Tracking the Great Recession: Global Industrial Output and World Stock Markets Following the Great Depression.
How the investing world quickly forgets. If we go back into the distant future of March 2009, you would remember that on a panic filled day, the S&P 500 flirted with the 666 low. Since that day, the S&P 500 has rallied an astonishing 41 percent in only a 3-month period. Yet as astonishing as [...]
Real Unemployment Situation: Approximately 26,000,000 Unemployed or Underemployed. Job Growth in $10 per Hour Jobs while $20 per Hour Jobs Disappear.
On Friday, we learned that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent from last month’s 8.9 percent. The BLS data surveys 160,000 businesses and government agencies that affect roughly 400,000 people so the data does cover a large portion of Americans and gives us a good sample size. The markets were largely moving sideways on [...]
Credit Card Debt Obsession: Americans Unwilling to Give up Plastic. Bankruptcies and the Credit Card Addiction.
The banking crisis with mortgages at the center, has taken much of the economic headline news over the past two years. Yet there is a brewing problem in the credit card markets. Credit card debt is now becoming another bubble itching to burst. The meteoric rise in bankruptcies is simply a reflection that Americans have [...]