Aug 22 2011

A banking system built on lies and deception – Hiding commercial real estate losses by laundering bad loans through the Federal Reserve. Trillions of dollars in bailouts were made while banks told the public all was well.

Part of the massive challenges facing our brittle financial system is the opaque and secretive nature of the Federal Reserve.  It is difficult enough to confront a challenge with all information present but make it purposely convoluted and dark and we have a crisis of historical proportions.  The recent market volatility is simply a dire […]

Aug 17 2011

Middle class annihilation one penny at a time – 64 percent of Americans do not have adequate savings for an unexpected $1,000 expense. The crushing blow to income and household wealth.

The American middle class is furious and this is reflected in how people perceive their failed government but also a financial system that has largely profited from the failures of millions.  A recent Gallup poll shows that only 13 percent of Americans actually approve of Congress and the way they are handling their job.  This […]

Aug 14 2011

The rise of the new gilded age – Massive market volatility is a dramatic sign of an unhealthy economy – 14 of the 28 biggest percent declines since 1950 in the S&P 500 have come after 2008. Two of those volatile days have occurred in August of 2011.

Massive stock market volatility is not a good sign for the economy and like an EKG is telling us something is troubling the heart of the nation.  The most tumultuous times in the stock market have occurred during times of great economic uncertainty.  August of 2011 has quickly brought back the troubling memories of 2008 […]

Aug 10 2011

The next massive debt bubble to crush the economy – 10 charts examining the upcoming implosion of the student loan market. $1 trillion in student loans and defaults sharply increasing.

In the land of predatory bubbles it looks like higher education is now fully caught up in the credit market implosion.  In the same debt produced vein as housing, college used to be a relatively cheap bet with decent results in the long-term.  Even if you went to public universities and picked up a degree […]

Aug 8 2011

Federal Reserve openly targets dollar demise – U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve solution to economic crisis is to crush dollar and target the standard of living for American families.

The collapse of the global stock markets was something that was supposed to happen if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised.  But here we are, seeing a sudden correction even after the debt ceiling was raised.  The Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury are actively trying to crush the U.S. dollar so the debts of their banking […]

Aug 3 2011

The 20 year financial depression in American real estate. Why housing will remain a poor investment well into 2020.

The American housing market is floundering like a fish out of water.  The economy is puttering along as middle class Americans confront a quality of life that is declining.  Household incomes have fallen for well over a decade yet the dialogue from Wall Street and their political partners seems to focus on home prices rising.  […]

Aug 1 2011

The Retirement fantasy – middle class Americans are quickly realizing that a secure retirement future may only be a myth. Stagnant income, debt illusion, and the future outlook for working Americans.

Americans are having a tougher time finding extra disposable income to save and create wealth.  It is hard to plan for the future when you are worrying about having enough money to purchase a couple of frozen meals.  When looking at overall statistics we rarely get a glimpse at how tough things have become for […]

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