Jan 22 2017

The 4 Horsemen of the US Debt Apocalypse: 80 percent of federal government operation costs go to four areas in Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense.

Here is a question you probably won’t find on Jeopardy: what is the actual risk of a U.S. default on its debt?  The answer to that is none because the Federal Reserve has the magical power to create new debt to pay off old maturing debt.  Must be nice to operate beyond the normal rules […]

Jan 15 2017

Millennials are worse off than their parents: Millennials earn 20% less than baby boomers at same stage in life.

It is now official that Millennials are worse off than their parents.  The Federal Reserve released a study showing that Millennials are as broke as we suspected.  According to the figures released Millennials earn 20% less than baby boomers did at the same stage in life.  This is a major reason why so many Millennials […]

Jan 7 2017

Record 95.1 million Americans not in the labor force. The challenge of having an army of non-working adults.

The year definitely ended with a bang and the number of Americans not in the labor force is now at a record high as well.  95.1 million Americans are now floating in the “not in the labor force” category that finally got some mainstream attention in 2016.  This is a big deal because you have […]

Dec 31 2016

Guns and Chipotle: Millennials are the most employed generation in two occupational areas: food services and military.

Young Americans have many financial obstacles placed in their way.  Many older Americans like to chime in and blast younger Americans as being weak and complaining too much but the facts tell a different story.  Millennials do have it economically tougher.  Quality of life is up (for all) but the standard of living is getting […]

Dec 26 2016

The near extinct pension – US pensions aggressively invest in equities relative to other countries to make up for shortfalls.

The pension is nearly extinct.  Overly optimistic returns left many pension plans practically insolvent and not ready to adapt to a low yield environment.  The benefit of pensions however is that it forced people to save over time for retirement.  What we have learned via the 401k is that when left to their own devices, […]

Dec 17 2016

The 401k has been a disaster for most Americans: Only 44 percent of private sector workers participate in a defined contribution plan.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.  If this is true, most Americans are planning to live in retirement with very little money and are going to rely heavily on Social Security to get by.  That is the case today where most retirees get the bulk of their income from Social Security.  Back when the […]

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Dec 11 2016

Welcome back debt! Total household debt rose by $63 billion last quarter pushing total household debt to $12.35 trillion. More than half of the debt increase came through auto loans.

The appetite for debt is now back in a furious way.  Total household debt was up $63 billion last quarter driven largely by auto loans.  Auto loans increased by $32 billion and the amount of auto debt outstanding is stunning.  There is now a total of $1.14 trillion in auto loans floating in our economy.  […]

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