Feb 26 2017

Americans now Hold Over $4.1 Trillion in Consumer Debt: Last Debt Bubble Peak was at $2.5 Trillion.

Americans now hold an incredible $4.1 trillion in consumer debt.  This latest data shows that Americans are now back to having an insatiable appetite for spending beyond their means.  Unlike mortgage debt, consumer debt is not building up any future equity here.  The largest category of consumer debt is student loan debt.  Even at the […]

Feb 20 2017

Housing affordability shows that most Americans are too broke to buy a home: The American Dream moves further out of reach.

More Americans are finding it harder to afford a home.  In fact, a closely followed housing affordability index is now back to where it was in 2008.  Not exactly a prime time for buying homes.  Most Americans are too broke to afford a home.  Which is somewhat contrary to the narrative that is pumped out […]

Feb 12 2017

The most depressing chart showing US imports and exports in 2016 with top trading partners.

The manufacturing base has completely eroded in this country and one chart dramatically highlights this (shown later in the article).  It is deeply disturbing that we now have as many people working in restaurants as waiters and bartenders as we do in manufacturing.  This of course is for good reason given that you can’t export […]

Feb 4 2017

U.S. Dollar Store empire: Making $20 billion a year one dollar at a time on broke Americans. 8,000+ dollar stores blanket the U.S.

Most people have been to a Starbucks and readily admit it, even if they never go back.  Many people have been to dollar stores but rarely admit this.  Dollar stores are doing exceptionally well with over 8,000 stores in the United States with revenues well above $20 billion a year.  Their target audience is working […]

Jan 29 2017

The standard wage for an American is $29,000: Social Security data reveals raw figures for the wealthiest country in the world.

All Americans pay Social Security taxes.  So looking at Social Security for income data is fairly reliable.  The new Social Security figures show that Americans continue to make a lot less than what the public tends to believe.  For example, you may have seen mainstream shows with talking heads saying that someone making $200,000 a […]

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 […]

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