Oct 21 2013

McJobs for McAmerica – Fastest growing jobs in low wage sectors. Of 10 largest occupations in US only one pays more than $35,000 per year.

The end of the Great Recession has done little to protect the middle class.  The largest employment growth has come from low wage positions.  According to Social Security data on wages the per capita wage for Americans is $26,000.  Your typical household is pulling in about $50,000 per year.  The growth in low wage jobs […]

Oct 19 2013

Why is the cost of college education so ridiculously high? Is the current cost of pursuing higher education justified or are we witnessing another bubble?

Last week I had the chance to visit a large and prestigious public university.  While walking through the massive football field, one of the tour guides mentioned that they were planning on building another one close by.  “What is wrong with this one?” I asked and the tour guide responded that they were looking to […]

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Oct 18 2013

Blue pill of debt exchanges temporary increase in debt for inflation: Taking the blue pill of a fabricated world addicted on debt as US standard of living hits 10-month low.

Most of you have seen The Matrix where Neo is given the choice between taking the blue or red pill.  The red pill would allow Neo to escape The Matrix and enter reality whereas the blue pill would allow him to stay wandering in the fabricated world of the Matrix.  The US government in essence […]

Oct 12 2013

The US cannot avoid a soft default even if a hard default is avoided: Debt ceiling already breached and US Treasury operating in emergency mode while US is paying $415 billion in annual interest expenses.

All the talk has shifted from the government shutdown to the US actually defaulting on outstanding debts.  The markets were in deep fear but the last couple of days rumors that the debt ceiling would be raised put the rocket boosters on the stock market.  Of course, the majority of Americans have little money in […]

Oct 8 2013

Nothing left to financially lose: Biggest drop in confidence since Lehman Brothers and why some are unmoved by government shutdown.

The government isn’t the only thing that shutdown.  Economic confidence in the US has also apparently shutdown as well.  Many people, in particular those in the media, seem perplexed as to why and how this can happen.  Unfortunately the current financial system has disenfranchised a large number of Americans.  Enough to the point that politics […]

Oct 4 2013

The grand financial shift: Rich own assets while poor and working class deep in debt. 70 percent of wealth for the bottom 80 percent locked up in principal residence.

A core reason for the financial crisis was because too much debt was given to those with very little ability to pay it back.  From the wealthiest banks to those scrimping by on minimum wage.  The irony of this is that many for-profit colleges for example use government aid to finance the education of those […]

Oct 1 2013

The Rise of a Semi-employed America: Amazon to hire 70,000 part-time workers while Merck will fire 8,500 full-time employees. Before recession 4 million part-time workers today over 8 million.

The US is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of part-time workers.  The reason many employers are going with part-time hiring is that they usually forgo any benefit payments but also have more flexibility in firing these workers when they no longer need them.  This may also explain the rise in renting households as […]

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