Why oil is crashing and the black swan event of 2014: The price of oil is down by 40 percent in six months and hardly anyone saw this coming.
Black swan events are bound to happen in financial markets. It appeared that 2014 would be a year where stock markets gained footing in the world of supposedly low volatility until oil prices came crashing down. The crash in oil is enormous. It has sent many countries into panic mode including Russia where interest rates […]
Cronyism and ensuring American taxpayers bailout the finance industry during the next crash: Nostradamus like spending bill will ensure big banks never fail with your money.
Do you smell what is in the air? Pine trees? No. Something with a more pungent smell. There is a wonderful whiff of cronyism floating around Washington D.C. In the latest government kabuki theater there was some interesting items being passed. There were major protections given to banks should trillions of dollars in derivatives blow […]
The American Dream deferred for young Americans: Living in rentals, inflated college tuition, and low wages await millions of young Americans.
The Americans Dream was largely built on a few simple ideals. One was the ability to purchase your own home without needing artificially low rates and dangerously low down payments. Another key aspect of the dream was allowing young Americans to receive a college education to pursue their future. While more Americans are going to […]
Social Security helps keep half of elderly Americans from poverty: Social Security has become the de facto retirement plan for millions of Americans.
Social Security was never designed as a long-term retirement plan for millions of Americans. Yet Social Security has become the default retirement plan for many elderly Americans. In fact, if it were not for Social Security roughly 44 percent of elderly Americans would be in poverty. This is calculated by how many Americans receive Social […]
No inflation they say: Increases from 2007 include rent going up by 27 percent, food increasing 12 percent, health insurance 42 percent.
Inflation has a slow methodical pattern of crushing every little dollar you have in your wallet. Even a moderate level of inflation is an enormous change when incomes go stagnant. There is talk about how spending this year isn’t all that great. This is a big deal considering that our economy runs on non-stop spending […]
What happens when 100 million Americans are not in the labor force? More pressure is being added on the one-third of working Americans supporting two-thirds of the population.
It is hard to believe but we have over 92 million Americans not in the labor force. I’ve paid close attention as to how the media presents this group and they usually attribute it to older Americans retiring. The problem with this narrative is that it gives the impression that many have the means to […]
Economic goals of young and old pulling in diverging directions: times will only get tougher for young Americans.
Older Americans tend to vote in larger numbers and are more interested in politics than younger Americans. In the past the older voting cohort was not as large so politicians were cautious about deviating too far for one group alone. Today, we are having a large number of older Americans living longer into old age. […]