Plundering the middle class – 35 percent of American households live on $35,000 or less each year. Bailouts a success for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans.
The middle class is being slowly dismantled piece by piece. New Census data released this week highlights a continuing trend that is pushing more average Americans into a perpetual struggle to stay financially afloat. New data shows that the median household income is $50,221 in 2009 which is down from $52,029 in 2008. This drop [...]
Will quantitative easing 2 bailout the commercial real estate market further? The shadow bailout world not being covered by the mainstream media. Fed deliberately trying to crush U.S. dollar to bailout banking system.
As the Federal Reserve gears up for quantitative easing part two, a slow hidden bailout is occurring in the commercial real estate market. Commercial real estate is a giant industry making up over $3 trillion in outstanding loans in the U.S. Yet not much is being said about this in the press. Why? Because in [...]
Wealth inequality rivals the months prior to the Great Depression – Americans would prefer a more evenly distributed wealth system. Over 80 percent of Americans still feel we are in a recession.
The official announcement that the recession is over underscores the massive disconnect between Wall Street and the rest of America. Wealth inequality in America is at levels last seen right before the Great Depression ravaged our economy. Yet the inequality has grown even more intense as this crisis has gone forward. 43 million Americans are [...]
The big banking sham and how the recession is over for the top 1 percent – Top 1 percent of banks control 80 percent of banking assets while household net worth is down $12.3 trillion from the peak.
The headlines read that the recession is over. In fact, the recession has been deemed over since June of 2009 by the National Bureau of Economic and Research (NBER). Yet the fact of the matter is working and middle class Americans are solidly in a deep recession. There was a town hall that was televised [...]
U.S. home prices will resume price decline after year of banking and government intermission. Multiple signs point to another year of slow home price growth and U.S. home values over priced by 20 percent.
Home sales follow very seasonal patterns. Yet much of this natural mechanism was stunted by banks delaying foreclosures and the government artificially stimulating home sales. Now that much of the stimulus has been exhausted, it is clear that home prices are correcting once again. It is hard for many to imagine that home prices can [...]
Falling off the American Dream treadmill – Real median U.S. household income falls under $50,000. Poverty rate has grown exponentially since 2000, during the housing bubble.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released troubling data on the status of American families. The first disturbing point was that 43.6 million Americans now fall under the poverty category. This works out to 1 out of 7 Americans. The growth has come from many people falling off the middle class treadmill. While the echoes of [...]
The persistent and sticky unemployment of the American worker – To get back to 5 percent unemployment we would need to add 285,000 jobs per month for 5 consecutive years.
The biggest problem facing many working and middle class families is the structural changes in our employment base. By this point in any “recovery” the private sector would be adding a tremendous amount of jobs. Yet there really is very little recovery for the typical American. The stock market is performing “well” for the moment [...]
California MLS inventory up 25 percent since April. MLS public data at 144,000 but 742,000 mortgages in California are in foreclosure or one payment behind.
MLS inventory for California has increased by 25 percent since April of this year. Part of this has to do with more foreclosures and short sales trickling their way onto the market. It also has to do with sales declining because of tax credit expiration fatigue. But what is the real inventory if banks were [...]
The privateers of education – How banks collude with the government to inflate college costs. Student loan debt now surpasses total credit card debt.
One of the more ominous statistics coming from this recession is that student loan debt has now surpassed total credit card debt in the United States. The reason for this is based on the deep impact of the recession. Credit card debt peak at $975 billion back in September of 2008 and is now down [...]
Submarine housing markets – Negative equity map and the 7 metro areas where mortgage balances outweigh the entire stock of housing. Examining underwater housing across the U.S.
Negative equity at such a large scale is a rather unique phenomenon from this housing bubble. Even just a decade ago, a person got into a negative equity position due to a really significant shift in a localized market. For example, a city lost a major manufacturing company that supported most jobs and home values [...]