Dec 4 2016

California is land to the $100k minimum wage state worker: 220,000 highly-compensated state employees cost the public $35 billion.

There is one thing to discuss the minimum wage for servers and many others that work in the low paid service industry but it is another thing to discuss “underpaid” state workers.  That statement cannot be said for California’s state employees.  In a country where the median household income is $52,000 California seems to be […]

Nov 26 2016

Nothing fake about the top 0.1% holding the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%.

While people argue about what is real and fake news the widening gulf of inequality in the real world only continues to expand.  This is actually happening and for the ultra wealthy that hold most of the wealth, all of this distraction is a good thing.  The latest wealth report from Deutsche Bank Research shows […]

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Nov 19 2016

Housing in a time of rising mortgage rates: A big jump in mortgage rates is here to stay for these reasons.

In the midst of everything that is going on, the bond market took a big hit to the tune of $1 trillion.  What this means is that mortgage rates tied to Treasury bonds had a massive move, the largest in many years.  The 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate jumped to nearly 4 percent, the highest […]

Nov 13 2016

The most expensive housing market in the world: Vancouver levies a $10,000 a year tax on empty homes. Not telling the truth and it becomes $10,000 a day.

While many areas of the US are now back near housing bubble territory after correcting, Canada never corrected and today has seen real estate values inch into the stratosphere.  Global wealth, largely from China is fueling the flames of the Canadian housing bubble.  While many that live in areas like Vancouver are frustrated in finding […]

Nov 6 2016

94,609,000 adult Americans not in the labor force: In January 2009, 80,529,000 were not in the labor force. Now we’ve added 14 million Americans.

There is truly a silent majority in the United States and those are people that are not in the labor force.  It is hard to believe but since January of 2009 we have added a whopping 14 million Americans to the already staggering number of adult Americans that are not in the labor force.  Many […]

Oct 30 2016

The story of inflation between 1996 and 2016 is of rising prices in things that you need: Prices skyrocket for middle class goods and services.

Inflation is rarely discussed in the mainstream press.  Most people wake up every day and simply believe that prices go up as a natural state.  These deeply held assumptions usually crack when new revelations happen like centuries ago with new scientific discoveries showing that our planet is not the center of the universe.  Yet somehow […]

Oct 22 2016

The Suburban Ghetto: Today one in three poor Americans, about 16.4 million people live in the suburbs.

We tend to think of the suburbs as middle class utopias.  When people think of the American Dream they usually draw up a picture of a home with a picket white fence in the suburb.  Poverty is usually left to inner cities and crammed multi-family dwellings.  So it might come as a surprise that over […]

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