A day of reckoning has arrived to retiring Americans: 63 percent of Americans that start working by the age of 25 will be dependent on Social Security, relatives, or charity by the time they hit 65.
The notion of retirement is a fairly new one outside of wealthy circles. For most of civilized history, people worked until they died. Not a glamorous way to go but that is simply the course of human history. Only until recently with the emergence of the middle class was there a general semblance that retirement […]
New definition of retirement = work until you die: Half of Americans have little to no savings for what will likely be a long and drawn out retirement.
The ideal vision of retirement is one of constant leisure supported by a sizable nest egg. Building a nest egg takes decades of discipline and careful planning. Unfortunately, many Americans did not adequately prepare and combined with the casino like financial system, many have been washed out of the system. Many retiring baby boomers are […]
China’s housing correction is now in full swing: Big developers begin to slash prices with sales falling more than 10 percent.
It was bound to happen. The housing correction in China is now here. It is interesting to hear the various perspectives from people and how China is absolutely different to the point of never being open to property bubbles. The same arguments were made during the Japanese real estate bubble as well. Well apparently the […]
The trend for part-time work sweeping the world: Part-time work dominating jobs in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
The employment statistics do a good job concealing the true nature of the workforce. The unemployment rate has dropped dramatically since the recession ended largely because millions of Americans are now no longer considered part of the workforce. This is an easy way to boost the employment rate without actually creating new jobs. Another trend […]
Will subprime auto loans ignite another credit crisis? Fed reports $101 billion in new auto loans between April and June with a sizable portion being in the form of subprime debt.
Buying a car is a big deal given that the sticker price of an automobile is close to the annual per capita income of an American worker. The average car in the US now costs $31,000. That is a healthy amount of money for a regular working person. Since incomes have gone stagnant for well […]
Average Salary in US: What does the average salary in the USA have to do with economic issues for a consumption based economy?
What is the average salary in the US? It is a challenge to get your hands on this data since a big portion of income figures are reported via median household income. In the US, the latest Census figures from 2008 to 2012 show that a typical household earned $53,000. Per capita income in the […]
Masters of debt easing access to debt again: FICO score adjustments will allow people to take on more leverage at market peaks.
It is no coincidence that as the market gets long in the tooth, the crafty financial sector is looking for ways to offload products onto the public. This is the modus operandi of Wall Street in that after a historic bull run brought on by massive financial assistance from the government and Fed, it is […]