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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Red Queen’s race and the real winners from Quantitative Easing: Celebrating the five year anniversary of redistributing wealth to the top.
The Federal Reserve is celebrating its 5 year anniversary of Quantitative Easing. As the stock market reaches record highs, it is useful to examine the real winners from QE. Luxury good purchases have done extremely well during this period as income inequality in the nation has reached levels last seen during the Gilded Age. Yet […]
The froth before another stock market crisis: Stock market is overvalued by 27 percent based on historical price to earnings ratio.
The stock market has once again become an overvalued casino where only the large financial players can use massive leverage to enjoy short-term rewards. Even looking at historical price-to-earnings (PE) ratios we find that stocks are dramatically overpriced. Yet the stock market is a sham for most Americans. In fact 53 percent of Americans don’t […]
US households cannot avoid soft default consequences of deleveraging: While US households continue to unwind debt total public debt soars out of control.
The US is walking in a financial minefield. The recent government shutdown simply highlighted the mega dysfunction in our Congress run by millionaires. The government is in a deep capture by large financial interests. The IMF now has an indicator looking at household debt measured against GDP. Since the recession, US households have undergone a […]