Aug 31 2013

Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.

While the unemployment rate continues to fall in large part because people are dropping out of the workforce, we reach another record which highlights a difficult economy for young people.  A record number of young Americans now live at home.  It would be one thing if this was being driven by a desire to stay […]

Aug 27 2013

Long live the reemergence of the FIRE economy: Over the last decade GDP is up $5.2 trillion while the total credit market debt owed is up $24.5 trillion.

The current economy is juiced on the rivers of easy debt.  An addiction that is only getting worse.  Want to go to college?  You’ll very likely go into deep student debt given the rise in college tuition.  Want a home?  Prices are soaring because of speculation but you’ll need a bigger mortgage to buy.  Want […]

Aug 24 2013

Wealth distribution in US rivals a modern day Gilded Age: In 2013 wealth inequality at record levels. 72 percent of wealth in US held by 5 percent of the population.

Americans continue to live through a modern day Gilded Age.  Wealth inequality is at its highest levels since the Great Depression, when names like Mellon and Morgan plastered the headlines.  Yet this time around, the availability of debt provides the illusion that the playing field is even.  Americans are massively in debt and when we […]

Aug 20 2013

The epic crisis in retirement savings: Vast majority of Americans unprepared for retirement. Median retirement savings for those 25 to 34? Zero dollars.

If actions are a method of gauging interests Americans have little desire or ability to prepare for retirement.  In fact, the amount of money saved for retirement is absolutely shocking on the low side.  When you mention that the American per capita wage is $26,000 people seem shocked.  This figure doesn’t coincide with the spend […]

Aug 17 2013

Let us count the ways of inflation: While the CPI understates inflation Americans are living out the days of a contracting standard of living.

Americans are experiencing the impacts of inflationary pressures on their pocketbooks.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) used by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics does a poor job of measuring inflation because it uses derivative measures to reflect the price of things we can readily get.  The most obvious example is the measure used to […]

Aug 15 2013

The scam of unpaid internships: How companies exploit free labor from students under the guise of unpaid internships.

Many people have taken on internships that were unpaid merely to learn some transferable skill or to build a solid network.  This was okay in a time when graduating students had little debt and higher education was more affordable.  Today some companies have used interns as a source of free labor without adding any benefits […]

Aug 12 2013

Suppressing wages and increasing corporate profits: The tough math behind the current economic recovery.

It should come as no surprise that the stock market is a very poor barometer on the financial health of Americans.  We think of the stock market as a temperature gauge on how well Americans are doing.  If that is the case, the record breaking highs in the stock market should reflect a very happy […]

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