Jun 11 2013

A wing and a prayer retirement plan: Two-thirds of Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Income inequality at record levels in the US.

It is interesting to see what passes for financial journalism in the press.  This morning a guest was on one of the major news stations and she was mentioning that Americans need to save $1 million or more to retire comfortably.  In the next sentence, she mentioned that two-thirds of Americans don’t even save enough […]

Jun 9 2013

The return of irrational exuberance to Las Vegas: The growing worries of another Las Vegas housing bubble.

It is rather clear that large institutional investors are diving into investment real estate once again.  This time these investors are supplanting individuals but are targeting very familiar markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Florida.  One of those markets is Las Vegas.  Las Vegas had one of the most spectacular real estate bubbles that we have […]

Jun 6 2013

Bread, butter, and food stamp economy: Is the US developing a permanent under-class of citizens economically?

The American economy has developed a deep disconnect between its financial markets and the working and middle class.  The stock market has soared by 138 percent from the low reached in 2009.  Yet very little of this has trickled down to the majority of Americans.  In fact, most Americans actually saw little to negative growth […]

Jun 3 2013

Rationalizing and pushing the debt limit: The academic battle to open the gates on unlimited digital debt monetization.

One of the recent cases for the never ending expansion of debt purchases via central banks is the case of the Bank of Japan.  The BoJ has essentially gone into hyper-drive with their version of quantitative easing by going straight into the Nikkei.  The case seemed simple: the European Union mired in austerity measures has […]

May 28 2013

Why inflation matters: How the Fed is creating real estate inflation and hiding behind inflation data to continue their expansionary ways. OER and Case Shiller divergence.

Inflation matters.  It matters a lot.  Contrary to what you may hear in the mainstream press the Federal Reserve has done everything to stoke the fires of inflation.  The reasons for this include creating asset inflation that is understated in CPI data and also setting up a system where consumption is almost forced upon consumers.  […]

May 26 2013

Americans are slowly creeping back to their non-saving and debt based spending ways: Drop in the savings rate and shift in type of debts being taken.

The personal saving rate in the United States is on a multi-decade decline.  Part of this has to do with Americans putting their money into alternative savings vehicles like 401ks and IRAs but a large part of this has to do with Americans simply not saving.  Roughly one-third of US households have no savings to […]

May 23 2013

Why do people feel poor even though the stock market is at a record high? The process of inflating asset bubbles and transferring wealth to targeted groups. S&P 500 up 145 percent from 2009 low.

The stock market provides a beautiful scent of success although most Americans will only catch a whiff of that aroma.  The S&P 500 is now up 145 percent from the gloomy low reached in 2009.  Even though this unrelenting trend upwards has added wealth to a few, the majority of Americans are still seeing the […]

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