Oct 31 2009

Dow Jones Largest Fall Since April of 2009: Current Rally based on V-Shaped Recovery Hopes and Sustained Spending. Credit Card Mail Offers Fall from 2.1 billion in Q3 of 2006 to 391 million in Q3 of 2009.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 249 points on Friday was a significant turning point in this rally because it came on the back of a 200 point jump just the subsequent day.  On Thursday the GDP numbers were released showing a strong 3.5 percent jump.  Yet digging into the data, 1.6 percent of this […]

Oct 29 2009

How 56.5 Million Households Live: $52,000 Median Household Income in 2009 Crushed by a Decade of Debt. A Decade of Lost Wages and Financial Debt Servitude.

The recent American Consumer Survey had some thought provoking data regarding the typical American household.  Wages over the past decade have been stagnant.  At least that is what is propagated in the common datasets but in reality, not only has income not grown it has actually declined.  The U.S. dollar during this time has been […]

Oct 26 2009

Commercial Real Estate Implosion: 67 Percent Fall in Multifamily Starts, Ghost Buildings, $3 Trillion in Debt, 41 Percent Drop in CRE, and Collapse in Rents.

Driving along the highway at night, it is an eerie sight to look at some of the vacant buildings.  The lights are on but the floors are empty awaiting an audience that will never come.  Can it be that commercial real estate, with over $3 trillion outstanding be in worse shape than residential housing?  In […]

Oct 25 2009

Top 10 States make up 55 Percent of United States GDP. 6 of the top 10 States have Unemployment Rates over 10 Percent.

It should come as no surprise that the economic production of each state is not evenly divided.  There are many variables including population, industrial base, and regional specialties.  With this deep recession it is important to get an understanding of how things are divided in the United States.  It is easy to get into the […]

Oct 22 2009

Credit Card Companies Evolving Revenue Streams: Penalty for Paying on Time, 79.9% Annual Fee, Rising Charge Offs. The New Credit Card Revenue Streams.

The love hate relationship with credit cards for many Americans is probably leaning more in the hate stage at the moment.  Americans have over $2 trillion in revolving debt – $1 trillion of that is plastic.  The average American has come to rely on credit cards as a form of supplemental income, like retirees come […]

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