Jun 15 2015

The looming retirement crisis: 10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65 and most are inadequately prepared for retirement. Half of elderly Americans in poverty without Social Security.

There is a very common number that is thrown out regarding baby boomers and retirement.  We consistently hear that every day 10,000 baby boomers hit the typical retirement age of 65.  This trend is expected to go out until 2030.  What is troubling with this narrative is the assumption that most have enough funds to […]

Jun 11 2015

Is college worth the 172 percent price increase over the last 9 years? The cognitive dissonance between rising tuition and falling wages.

$1.36 trillion.  That should sound like a lot of money because it is.  How much is $1.36 trillion?  Texas has an annual Gross Domestic Product of $1.4 trillion.  $1.36 trillion is the amount of student debt that is attached to millions of Americans like a financial albatross.  There is an ugly thing about this unrelenting […]

Jun 6 2015

The crisis in housing: Not enough homes are being built and rents are outstripping wage gains.

There is an economic crisis happening in the housing market.  The working class is finding more of their wages sucked into the housing financial puzzle. Stagnant wages combined with rising home prices and rents are putting a lid on household formation.  It probably doesn’t help that many young families are caught in the low wage […]

Jun 3 2015

The working few and the inverted pyramid of labor: 1 out of 3 Americans financially carry the other two-thirds.

Last month a record 93,194,000 Americans were counted as not being in the labor force.  Counted might be the wrong word since this group is largely erased from any employment figures.  In fact, this is a large reason why the unemployment rate has fallen so dramatically.  Yet one grim financial reality remains.  That reality includes […]

May 31 2015

The working class Hunger Games: Reality TV show now pits working class against working class family for the chance to earn $101,000.

Reality TV has a nice connection to our growing low wage economy.  Reality TV is easy to make, costs relatively little, and can be flushed away if it fails.  If a hit occurs, the big profits are frontloaded to the network while “stars” can make money after the cream has been taken away.  There is […]

May 29 2015

Inflation acts as a pickpocket on the wallets of working Americans: Young Americans take a big hit given the small weight given to tuition in the CPI.

Inflation is a very real thing.  The Fed continues to downplay the impacts of inflation to support their ongoing easy monetary policy.  What this has created is an inflated stock market and hot money chasing into other asset classes including real estate.  This wouldn’t be such an issue if your typical working American family was […]

May 25 2015

Are you looking to earn low wages? A college degree might be your ticket. College earning power dwindles over the last 15 years.

We constantly hear the loud drumbeat that a college degree is your ticket to untold fortunes.  Of course we never get the detailed report showing students that are drowning in debt and also many that went to for-profit schools or pursued unmarketable majors and guess what?  These people would largely have done better by not […]

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