The debt reckoning has arrived: Total debt owed now approaches $60 trillion while Fed wrestles with interest rate confidence game.
Some people may be oblivious to the recent historical interest rate moves being experienced in the bond markets. Many on Wall Street probably assumed that the Fed had an unlimited ability to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public. Yet the reaction with interest rates concludes an interesting chapter in American central […]
How much do Americans earn? How the other half lives and examining income growth and median income for US households in 2013.
How much do Americans earn? Such an important and pivotal question is rarely examined in the mainstream press. It almost appears to be a forbidden topic of discussion. You would think that this question would warrant deeper examination given that income is the driving force of our consumer hungry economy. Yet many people are driven […]
The consequences of bubblenomics: Fed balance sheet increases to $3.5 trillion, negative interest rates since 2009, and part-time employment at record high.
While the Federal Reserve mumbles about tapering back quantitative easing, the balance sheet the Fed is carrying tells us an entirely different story. The latest report shows that the Fed has grown its balance sheet to a stunning $3.5 trillion. The ability to travel with an economic blindfold has been a strategy the Fed has […]
Has the US lost control on debt market growth? Unbridled debt expansion at the nucleus of rising debt inequality in the United States. US total credit market debt now over 3 times larger than annual GDP.
There is one charge that can never be leveled against Americans and that would be that we somehow have an aversion to debt. To the contrary, our love with debt has blossomed into a full blow addiction. People confuse access to debt with actual real wealth. However as the foreclosure crisis has taught millions, you […]
The most delinquent loan of them all: Student debt delinquencies at record levels on the eve of rates doubling. Half of college graduates working in jobs where their degree is not required.
If the news for college graduates couldn’t get any better. Our woefully motivated millionaire Congress is unable to figure out what is necessary to stop the doubling of interest rates on student debt. While the Fed can turn on a dime to rectify zero percent interest rates for member banks, trying to help the youth […]
Paycheck to paycheck and food stamp to food stamp: Study finds 3 out of 4 Americans are one financial emergency away from being out on the street.
The latest food stamp usage data was released with very little attention from the media. 47.7 million Americans are on food assistance spanning a record 23.1 million families. Americans on food stamps reflects deep structural issues in the way our economy employs our population. The recovery in many parts of the US is anything but. […]
The banking system’s methodical way of punishing savers: How punishing savers is encouraging a low savings rate and high levels of debt.
Would you be motivated to save money if your rate of return was 0 percent? That is the situation facing many Americans looking to put their hard earned dollars into the current banking system. Underlying the zero percent stated rate however is the reality that the real rate is closer to negative three percent given […]