The mainstream press simply measures a recovery by looking at the stock market even though very little of the gains here are trickling down to regular families. It should be noted that many Americans are frustrated with the economy because to them, it still feels like a recession. Low-wages permeate the landscape, housing costs are […]
The increasing odds that you will die working: The extinction of retirement and the growing old age labor force.
I was greeted by an older gentleman at a local Target store. He slowly smiled and said hello. I nodded and said hello as he proceeded to greet other shoppers. Leaving the store I was greeted by an older cashier. Over the last decade, the retail labor force is seeing a growing number of older […]
Census data shows a record 46.7 million Americans live in poverty. Over 40,000 dollar stores now permeate the United States.
Census data is always released in September for the previous year. As far as comprehensive data goes the Census is one of the best measures that we have. The latest Census figures merely reflect an economy that is crushing the American Dream. It also helps to highlight why so many people have profound doubts regarding […]
How subprime loans keep the bubble going: Subprime auto loans continue to grow as credit worthy customers drop out of the market.
Low interest rates create an environment that encourages debt based spending. In regards to monetary policy, this is how you grease the wheels to get the economic engine spinning. As part of your financial arsenal this can be used in moderation but the Fed has been using maximum credit leverage since the economy imploded and […]
The American Dream deferred: Looking at the 4 horsemen of middle class destruction. Student debt, household income, low wage jobs, and FIRE economy dominance.
The angst that is being manifested in the political arena is largely being brought on by economic uncertainty. There is a general underlying anxiety of living in a United States with a weakened and invisible middle class. We are heading directly into that scenario with both eyes fully wide open. Many of the new jobs […]
Record shattering 94 Million Americans not in the labor force: The army of non-working Americans continues to grow.
The employment numbers released a few days ago left much to be desired right before entering into the nationally celebrated Labor Day holiday. Not many people can enjoy the “labor” part of the holiday since those not in the labor force has hit another stunning record. The latest gloomy figures show that 94 million Americans […]
A closer look at the cost of living between 2000 and 2015: Looking at tuition at USC and the typical priced US home.
We keep hearing that the Fed is tepid about raising interest rates because there is no sign of inflation. In fact, they assume that wages are keeping up for most families and that is not true. Inflation is running rampant. You don’t need giant price increases to disrupt lifestyles when many of the new […]