Comparing the inflated cost of living today from 1950 to 2014: How declining purchasing power has hurt the middle class since 1950.
Inflation has a subtle eroding effect that impacts entire economies. In the United States, we have been fortunate to have relatively stable rates of inflation for two generations. Even in times of high inflation like the 1970s, people were able to adjust unlike places that experience uncontrolled inflation like Argentina is currently facing. Also, wages […]
Why the stock market is a sham for regular investors – Based on historical price to earnings ratios the stock market is overvalued by fifty percent. Only half of Americans own any stocks.
The stock market is largely seen as a barometer of economic health to the US economy. Turn on any business program and they report market prices as if reporting on it being a sunny or cloudy day. The financial markets are fully juiced on our current debt based system. Unfortunately it is taking more debt […]
When the housing market is owned by Fed banks: Federal Reserve went from holding zero in mortgage-backed securities to over $1.5 trillion.
There are significant consequences with the Fed continuing on course with Quantitative Easing. On paper, it may seem that all is fine on the home front. However, many regular Americans are finding it harder to purchase a home in spite of a low interest rate environment. The Fed has created perverse incentives where big banks […]
The global debt reckoning – Total global debt at $230 trillion. Total world debt over 300 percent annual GDP. There is no escape from a reckoning with debt markets.
Total global debt crossed a troubling event horizon by going past the $200 trillion mark last year. Given the latest figures we are likely well above a total global debt of $230 trillion based on a comprehensive study done by ING last year. The banking sector rummages for every possible way of accessing debt. Global […]
The shackles of consumer credit in a low rate environment – Banks would rather leverage low rates from the Fed than lend money to cash strapped American households. 15 percent average rate on credit cards and typical savings account rate near 0 percent.
In a world where debt equals the ability to purchase large items, access to debt is king. For this reason banks are the new modern day oligarchy since they have a nearly unlimited line of credit with the Federal Reserve. The public during the credit bubble days had access to nearly unlimited debt via mortgages, […]
How crony capitalism is harming the economic prosperity of young Americans: College tuition up 1,140 percent since 1978 and wages are stagnant.
When you live life as a hammer, everything must appear like a nail. So when our economy is run and operated by the financial industry, everything must appear like a casino just asking for it in terms of speculation. Such is the state of affairs in a crony capitalistic system. The term gets thrown around […]
The EBT recovery – Food stamp cuts impact Wal-Mart: The consequences of a low wage recovery create a larger group of Americans living food stamp to food stamp.
This recovery is the most lopsided recovery the US has faced in more than a generation. Wal-Mart recently announced a big hit to their bottom-line because of the recent cuts to the nationwide food stamp program. Over 47 million Americans now depend on food stamps to get by on a monthly basis to feed their […]