Apr 15 2013

The coming deleveraging for Canada – Unit labor costs in manufacturing above US labor costs and household debt-to-income at 160 percent.

Our neighbors to the north in Canada are going to face a serious deleveraging shortly.  This isn’t hyperbole or some off the wall call but based on evidence of what happens when economies get into too much back breaking debt.  If the largest trading blocs, the US and Europe had to have their day of […]

Apr 12 2013

Does inflation matter? The real cost of living for middle class Americans. Fed on path to growing balance sheet to $4 trillion.

Does inflation matter?  If you ask this question to the Fed, it appears like it doesn’t.  The Fed is doing everything it can to stoke the fires of inflation.  Instead, what it is doing is causing further asset bubbles and misallocation of capital in markets.  For most people the cost of living is becoming more […]

Apr 8 2013

Food service workers at a record high in US economy: Record percent of Americans now employed in food services as a share of total employment coupled with peak food stamp usage.

One of biggest contributors to jobs over the last few years has come from the low-wage food service sector.  A record 7.6 percent of Americans now work in food services and drinking places.  Given that we have 47+ million Americans on food stamps and this figure has boomed in the last decade, it should come […]

Apr 6 2013

Where did the American worker go? 663,000 people were removed from the labor force pushing the figure to 90 million Americans not looking for work.

The employment report was very weak no matter how you sliced it.  The unemployment rate fell but this was largely driven by an incredibly large number of people dropping out of the labor force.  This recession has been extremely tough on US households.  The recession was technically over in the summer of 2009 which seems […]

Apr 4 2013

The un-American savings rate: Americans savings rate heads to a record low. Americans saving about 2 percent per year and the near extinct pension.

For a brief period during the height of the recession, Americans resorted to saving more money as credit markets around the world tightened up.  As data is now showing, this turned out to be a very brief anomaly in the market.  Americans are back to not saving money.  The debt markets are creeping back in […]

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