Apr 20 2015

Student debt now makes up nearly half of federally owned financial assets. The student debt bubble edges on with many more unable to pay their debt.

The student debt epidemic is spiraling out of control and the public is becoming more aware of the situation.  $1.3 trillion in student debt is now outstanding.  This is already a problem with nearly one out of three loans in repayment already in some form of delinquency.  Clearly if you are not paying back an […]

Apr 16 2015

1 out of 4 college adjunct faculty collecting government assistance: Students in debt and professors barely getting by all the while tuition soars.

The student debt crisis continues to move across the nation’s landscape like an unrelenting storm.  The stories of economic pain are growing involving students but what about adjunct professors?  For those of you that are unfamiliar, adjunct professors are like contract teachers at many colleges.  Many carry a heavy teaching load but receive very little […]

Apr 12 2015

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 […]

Apr 9 2015

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.  […]

Apr 5 2015

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 […]

Apr 1 2015

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 […]

Mar 28 2015

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 […]

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