Dec 6 2013

Depreciating cars and expensive diplomas fueled by easy debt: 95 percent of consumer debt growth in past 12 months from cars and student loans.

New data from the Federal Reserve continues to highlight a reemergence of debt based consumer spending.  Americans are largely buying stuff they can’t afford with money they don’t have.  The Fed’s consumer credit report highlights a troubling trend.  Over the last 12 months 95 percent of all consumer debt growth has come from people buying […]

Dec 3 2013

Top 10 percent of US households control nearly 75 percent of all wealth – Average Americans pretend to be temporarily embarrassed millionaires by going further into debt.

We currently exist in a land of financial contradictions.  US household incomes adjusting for inflation are back to levels last seen in the late 1980s.  However, holiday spending is going strongly largely by people going into big debt.  Many are going to be paying for the holiday season of 2013 deep into years to come.  […]

Nov 30 2013

The average American is broke and buying things they cannot afford with debt again. Debt based consumer financing again filling the gap of a shrinking middle class.

At a family Thanksgiving get together we typically have a usual crowd showing up to celebrate the year that has passed.  For many, this is the only time we see each other.  A familiar face was not there.  We asked what happened and apparently he had to work on Thanksgiving Day because stores are now […]

Nov 26 2013

The frightening lack of accounting transparency in the student loan market: New York Fed has student loan debt at $1.027 trillion while Fed Board of Governors in Washington has it at $1.214 trillion.

You see what you want to see.  This is the current state of the financial markets.  When a handful of observers were warning the Fed and multiple government agencies about the subprime crisis floating in the market, hardly anyone wanted to listen.  This is the same kind of accounting trickery that is now pervasive in […]

Nov 22 2013

The new American retirement nightmare: Many Americans find they are completely unprepared for retirement.

Starting in late 2010, we reached a threshold where baby boomers were reaching the age of 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day.  This will last into 2030.  What was once thought of as a retirement age is no longer the case.  The body has not evolved to adapt to financial circumstances but people […]

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