Dec 15 2012

New Retirement Model of Working into Old Age – Baby Boomers hitting retirement age with little to no savings.

The fiscal issues facing the country are troubling for a variety of reasons but one big reason is the reality that many older Americans simply do not have enough money to retire.  The idea of entering your golden years without the need of working is a relatively modern one.  In fact, it was the generation […]

Dec 8 2012

Disappearing US labor force and goodbye to retirement – Adding 146,000 jobs while 542,000 drop out of the labor force. Understanding the changes in the unemployment rate.

The recent drop in the unemployment rate was largely due to the number of people dropping out of the labor force.  I’ve noticed that more people in the press are picking up on the important nuances when it comes to the employment figures.  For example, in the last month those “not in the labor force” […]

Dec 4 2012

US households already went off their fiscal cliff and breached their debt ceiling – US quickly approaching another debt ceiling limit aligning with the fiscal cliff.

Few people realize that the debt ceiling is aligning right on track with the fiscal cliff.  Total public outstanding debt is now at $16.369 trillion and is only $63 billion away from breaching the limit.  Not a coincidence that the fiscal cliff is also on the horizon.  In essence, we are addicted to debt.  However […]

Nov 30 2012

The Temple of Inflation – where does the typical Americans spend their money? A comparison between 1986 and today.

For most people that I know the mortgage and rent payment will eat up the largest portion of a monthly budget.  This is the case for the vast majority of Americans as well.  Housing is the biggest line item expense on the monthly budget.  For the most part people tend to think that the Federal […]

Nov 28 2012

Deleveraging on good debt and ramping up on consumption debt – growth in auto loan debt, collection amounts, and revolving debt.

The grand US household deleveraging event continues as debt is paid off or more likely, wiped away via foreclosures and bankruptcies.  What is hidden in the deleveraging trend is the growth of debt in certain spending categories.  Keep in mind that not all debt is bad.  For multiple decades the US had a cautious lending […]

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