Jan 9 2012

Las Vegas real estate and the dynamics of a lower priced housing market – With median home prices around $100,000 they now reflect the reality of a lower paying service sector economy. Foreclosures and short-sales make up over 70 percent of all sales activity.

Las Vegas is a case study in the limits of the housing bubble but also the reflection of a new economy driven by a demand for lower price real estate.  Wedged in the story of a collapsing real estate market is a new reality that many families are craving lower priced properties.  Few places in […]

Jan 5 2012

Is college worth the money and debt? The cost of college has increased by 11x since 1980 while inflation overall has increased by 3x. Diluting education with for-profits. and saddling millions with debt.

Is a college degree worth it?  Since the debt bubble burst spectacularly in 2007 many more prospective students are questioning the worth of a college degree.  For so many decades it was simply taken at face value that getting a college degree, any college degree would be worth it.  Slowly this perception has morphed when […]

Jan 2 2012

Welcome to the new model of retirement. No retirement. In 1983 over 60 percent of American workers had some kind of defined-benefit plan. Today less than 20 percent have access to a plan and the majority of retired Americans largely rely on Social Security as their de facto retirement plan.

As many Americans enter into retirement they are realizing one unfortunate thing.  The new retirement plan is no retirement at all.  Over the last few decades Americans were promised the idea of a comfortable retirement yet none of this has materialized because of financial swindling and a real estate bubble that will go down in […]

Dec 26 2011

Kabuki financial theatre – Congress net worth up 15 percent from 2004 to 2010 while the average American sees their net worth decline by 8 percent in the same timeframe. Welcome to plutocrat USA.

We truly have the best government money can buy.  From 2004 to 2010 members of Congress increased their median net worth by 15 percent while the average American saw it fall by 8 percent.  Yet this fall in net worth does little justice to the rising cost of food, energy, healthcare, and college expenses that […]

Dec 23 2011

The calm before the student loan bubble bursts – For-profits make up 9 percent of student enrollment yet produce 27 percent of all private loans. The inevitable pop of the student loan bubble.

The worth of a college degree has now come into question because of the massive student loan bubble.  An education is vital yet the monopoly on knowledge has been turned upside down with readily accessible information through technological changes.  What is odd however is during a time of knowledge access ubiquity you have a field […]

Dec 20 2011

Ultimate money magician in the Federal Reserve and the art of shadow bailouts – The continuing secretive bailout of the $3.5 trillion commercial real estate market.

The Federal Reserve is the ultimate magician in concealing bad bets for the flawed banking system.  Few in the history of the Federal Reserve have called them out on their shadow bailouts but people are starting to wakeup no thanks to the mainstream controlled media.  Think about how insane it is to have a central […]

Dec 12 2011

What is the median household income in the US? A crisis spanning multiple generations and the taboo of household income.

Household income is a taboo topic even though people have a visceral enjoyment of spending their hard earned money.  As we go out and spend during this holiday season many people have absolutely no clue what other family members or neighbors make.  Some would argue that household income is absolutely private and I would agree […]

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