Once upon a time, there was a middle class: This election year will determine whether the middle class falls into obscurity.
In the not too distant past the United States had a vibrant middle class. Prosperity for most families was the rule rather than the exception. This didn’t happen by accident or some odd twist of luck. It happened because as a country we setup a foundation that valued a robust middle class. The Great Depression […]
New banking normal where lending $2 increases GDP by $1: US bank credit up 44 percent since 2008 while GDP up 21 percent.
Remember a time when people used to be cautious when it came to taking on debt? Probably vaguely since the entire U.S. economic system is built on “gold” and “platinum” credit cards being shelled out to people that can’t afford an ounce of either. In the mail I’m receiving overwhelming offers for credit cards and […]
The 20 small cities struggling the most in the U.S. based on economics, education, quality of life, and affordability: All of the cities are in California.
It is hard to quantify what makes a city great or bad. Simply having a higher income is not enough to separate an area from another city if the cost of living is outrageous. There have been attempts to use cost of living adjustments but the attempt to rank cities has been paltry. Most of […]
China lost the equivalent of 14 Greeces over the last month: Why the actions of banning short selling and punishing the market taken by the Chinese government will backfire.
The market has been fixated on the actions of Greece, a country with 11 million people or the equivalent of Los Angeles County. However, the bigger action is taking place in the gambling obsessed Chinese economy. For those of you not following global news the Chinese stock markets, primarily the Shanghai Composite, Shenzhen, and Hang […]
Record number of too big to fail banks: 59 banks in the United States now have over $20 billion in assets. Top 3 US banks hold $6.3 trillion in assets.
Remember when too big to fail was being uttered like “good morning” or some other daily phrase? Apparently people have forgotten about the dangers of too big to fail and have allowed the banking system to grow like weeds in an unattended garden. The previous peak of massive big banks was in 2004 when we […]
There is an economic crisis happening in the housing market. The working class is finding more of their wages sucked into the housing financial puzzle. Stagnant wages combined with rising home prices and rents are putting a lid on household formation. It probably doesn’t help that many young families are caught in the low wage […]
A bear market is defined by a 20 percent drop in the stock market from recent highs. For some, the memory of the last crisis is now but a distant echo. After all, we’ve been in a rather strong bull run for 6 years. But bear markets happen more than most people think. Since 1940 […]