New Year begins with record number of men not in the labor force: Those not in the labor force increased by 1.9 million last year while the labor force increased by only 1.1 million.
The New Year begins with a record number of men not in the labor force. Those “not in the labor force” remains at a record level and this cannot be explained away simply by shifting demographics. Demographics alone is a convenient explanation for this large number but unfortunately only explains part of the large number […]
The death of the American pension: Shifting the retirement burden from employers to workers has created an enormous financial crisis.
The American pension offered once by many companies was a benefit once afforded to most workers. That is, until the press started chanting the Wall Street party line and all of a sudden 401ks and mutual funds were all the rage. Who wants a tiny pension when you can become a millionaire by simply saving […]
A recession is imminent: 5 charts signaling an oncoming recession. The market is overheated with debt and the public is anxious about the economy.
A recession is imminent and millions of Americans already live in an economy that feels like it never left the Great Recession. Low paying jobs seem to dominate this weak recovery. Younger Americans are realizing that they may not have it as good as the baby boomer generation where good paying jobs were plentiful and […]
How inflation is purposely underreported as a justification to maintain low interest rates: Two specific examples with housing and college tuition.
Inflation is largely misunderstood by the public at large. People for the most part think that inflation is the natural economic order and that prices go up naturally. Official inflation figures play a much bigger role influencing cost-of-living adjustments for things like Social Security but also serve as cover to maintain low interest rates. The […]
The Middle Class in America has just become a minority: For the first time in over 50 years low-income and high-income Americans outnumber the middle class.
It was only a matter of time but we can now officially say that the middle class in America has reached minority status designation. Recent figures show that there are more low-income and high-income Americans versus those in the middle class. Most of the growth has been fueled by the trend in adding low wage […]
We have traded building cars for mixing drinks: This year the US added nearly 300,000 waiters and bartenders, and zero manufacturing workers. Manufacturing was once 33 percent of all jobs and now it is below 10 percent.
While the Federal Reserve now looks to have the green light on raising interest rates after many head fakes, the employment report isn’t so clear. Sure, we are adding jobs but we are adding a large number of jobs in the low wage segment of our economy. Case and point? Since the start of the […]
Unable to afford homes, Americans dive into subprime auto debt to purchase cars: Auto debt getting riskier with extended terms and chasing borrowers with lower credit scores.
The word “subprime” was synonymous with the toxic loans that were made during the credit bubble. Some tend to think that those days are long gone but we simply have shifted the form in which toxic debt is filtered into the system. Instead of making no-doc no-income loans on houses, we are now offering no-income […]