Jan 7 2010

What Isn’t Happening with the $3 Trillion Commercial Real Estate Market: Loans Falling and Vacancy Rates at Record Heights at 10 Percent.

With commercial real estate, you can learn a lot from what isn’t happening.  We all know that the $3 trillion commercial real estate market is already taking a drubbing in terms of pricing.  CRE prices are down over 40 percent from their peak elevated levels.  Yet with commercial real estate you don’t have the typical […]

Oct 25 2009

Top 10 States make up 55 Percent of United States GDP. 6 of the top 10 States have Unemployment Rates over 10 Percent.

It should come as no surprise that the economic production of each state is not evenly divided.  There are many variables including population, industrial base, and regional specialties.  With this deep recession it is important to get an understanding of how things are divided in the United States.  It is easy to get into the […]

Oct 14 2009

Stag-Inflation: Japanese Employment Trends in the United States: Part-time, Dispatched, and Contracted Workers. A Decline in the American Consumer Standard of Living. Why the U.S. is not Japan and This is Not Good News.

There have been many comparisons between the lost decade experienced in Japan after the Heisei bubble boom and the current real estate bubble in the United States.  On the surface, superficially things may appear the same.  Japan had a technology led bubble that sent the Nikkei to record heights only to have a bust.  We […]

Oct 10 2009

The Disappearing Middle Class Dream – How the Average American is coping with the Recession: Savings, Banking, Housing, and Investing. Over 50 Million Households Living on $52,000 or less a year.

Last month the American Community Survey detailed the painful 2008 year for American households.  This is a comprehensive survey looking at multiple financial, economic, and social characteristics of Americans.  What we find is that the average American is having a tougher time maintaining a hold on the middle class dream.  This isn’t a revelation but […]

Oct 3 2009

Economy Losing 11,000 Jobs per day since December of 2007. 824,000 Jobs Lost in Statistical Revision: 8 Million Jobs Lost Since Start of Recession. Nationwide Unemployment Rate at 17 Percent.

Since the start of this deep recession back in December of 2007 some 7.2 million jobs have been lost in the official BLS reports.  The official non-farm employment has dropped from 138 million to 130 million.  Think of it this way, for 21 months we have lost on average over 11,000 jobs per day.  As […]

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