Jun 4 2009

Credit Card Debt Obsession: Americans Unwilling to Give up Plastic. Bankruptcies and the Credit Card Addiction.

The banking crisis with mortgages at the center, has taken much of the economic headline news over the past two years.  Yet there is a brewing problem in the credit card markets.  Credit card debt is now becoming another bubble itching to burst.  The meteoric rise in bankruptcies is simply a reflection that Americans have […]

May 30 2009

FDIC Banking Report: 305 Troubled Institutions up from 90 in 2008. $13.5 trillion Assets held with 2.1 Million Employees at 8,200 Institutions.

The FDIC is facing the highest amount of bank failures since the early 1990s. To calm Americans the government in 2008 upped the amount secured at FDIC institutions from $100,000 to $250,000 for each customer account. Yet losses have been so deep that in the fourth quarter of 2008 the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) quickly […]

May 2 2009

FDIC Insures $4.7 Trillion in Deposits with a $13.6 Billion Deposit Insurance Fund. This is Like Going into a Hurricane with a 99 Cent Store Umbrella.

On Friday, three banks failed and the FDIC took them over.  Now this isn’t the big news necessarily.  What it significant is that one of the banks taken over was Silverton Bank of Atlanta, Georgia.  Silverton bank has $4.1 billion in assets and will cost the FDIC $1.3 billion from their dwindling insurance fund.  This […]

Apr 19 2009

Credit Cards and Auto Loans: $2.5 Trillion Outstanding Consumer Debt. If you can’t find a Qualified Borrower or Buyer still lend the Money.

One of the many problems that led up to the economic crisis was easy access to debt.  This included easy access to home loans, auto loans, and credit cards.  You would have a hard time finding a reputable source that would argue otherwise.  Yet in the latest release of consumer credit data from the Federal […]

Apr 5 2009

24 Million Americans Unemployed or Working Part-time but Available for Full-time Work. Why This Recession Feels Much Worse to Average Americans.

During the height of the Great Depression in 1933 with unemployment hitting its peak, 13 million Americans found themselves out of a job.  This translated to 1 out of every 4 workers in the civilian labor force.  You may be wondering how is it that we have recently heard rumblings that this recession may have […]

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