Aug 15 2013

The scam of unpaid internships: How companies exploit free labor from students under the guise of unpaid internships.

Many people have taken on internships that were unpaid merely to learn some transferable skill or to build a solid network.  This was okay in a time when graduating students had little debt and higher education was more affordable.  Today some companies have used interns as a source of free labor without adding any benefits […]

Aug 12 2013

Suppressing wages and increasing corporate profits: The tough math behind the current economic recovery.

It should come as no surprise that the stock market is a very poor barometer on the financial health of Americans.  We think of the stock market as a temperature gauge on how well Americans are doing.  If that is the case, the record breaking highs in the stock market should reflect a very happy […]

Aug 8 2013

The accelerating race to a student debt implosion: Federal student loans rose by $266 billion since 2011. 85 percent of consumer debt growth since 2011 because of student debt.

The Federal Reserve released an interesting report on consumer credit this week.  While the mainstream spin is that it is good that consumer loans are growing, the vast majority of the growth is coming from the student debt portion.  The student debt problems are starting to become dramatic given rising default rates combined with sub-par […]

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Aug 5 2013

Failure to launch into household formation: Record 36 percent of young Americans (18 to 31) living at home with parents. Where is household formation coming from?

The notion that the housing market is surging because of young Americans buying up homes to form households is simply incorrect.  The housing market is rising like an artificial phoenix built on Wall Street’s insatiable appetite to leverage easy money from the Fed and investors.  If we look at data regarding young household formation we […]

Aug 1 2013

Line up and prepare for the next bailout in student debt: Student loan debt crosses the $1.2 trillion mark. $248,000 for an undergraduate degree?

The nation is fully engulfed in a student debt bubble.  The problems with student debt are numerous yet this unrelenting bubble is allowed to grow like weeds in a garden.  Going back to 2000 total student debt outstanding rested around $200 billion.  Today it is over $1.2 trillion.  Keep in mind that during this time […]

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