The new American retirement plan equates to working forever: Nonexistent nest eggs and most Americans are bad at planning as to how long they will live.
The idea of retirement is a modern one especially when it comes to saving and having a nest egg. In the past, retirement was only a luxury afforded to a small number of wealthy families. The rest of the population was destined to work until they died. That may seem harsh but that is historical […]
The mega Chinese stock market bubble: Over half of new investors only have a junior high education or less and the Shanghai Composite is up 100 percent in one year.
I still have vivid memories of Japan’s massive bull-run in stocks and real estate. For many years the consensus was that Japan had found a secret method of perma-growth and prices would only go up. Down was not in the vocabulary. We are seeing similar perceptions and narratives when it comes to China’s roaring economy. […]
Record 93.2 million Americans now not in the labor force: The not in the labor force rebound added 277,000 Americans in March alone.
In the last year alone we have added 2.1 million Americans to the “not in the labor force” category. This mysterious category continues to grow and is having a field day with the employment data. It is hard to ignore this number because it represents a large portion of our population that is simply not […]
The economically lost generation of Millennials: taking a look at net worth data, living arrangements, and student debt.
Young Americans probably missed the memo regarding the economic recovery that has been taking place since 2009. Apparently massive student debt, living at home, and a market full of low-wage jobs isn’t exactly the picture perfect ideal of a booming economy. Millennials are facing an uphill battle. The market has virtually eliminated the pension system […]
Largest for-profit sees half of its students vanish in last five years: For-profits under fire as value comes into question.
Many prospective students are starting to become savvier when it comes to looking at colleges. For-profit colleges largely rely on federal funding and market to lower income Americans. There is little oversight for the colleges in producing any sort of measurable result. Many students are simply saddled with massive debt and a degree that has […]
A bear market is defined by a 20 percent drop in the stock market from recent highs. For some, the memory of the last crisis is now but a distant echo. After all, we’ve been in a rather strong bull run for 6 years. But bear markets happen more than most people think. Since 1940 […]
Driving our way into financial poverty with six-year car loans: Once a minority, six-year or longer auto loans now make up one third of all new loans.
Taking on debt for buying a car is a risky proposition. Taking on subprime debt for buying a car is simply a bad financial decision. The subprime loan market is booming for auto loans. Cars can last longer, require basic maintenance, and typically run better than older models. That brings up challenges for the auto […]