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 […]
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
While the unemployment rate continues to fall in large part because people are dropping out of the workforce, we reach another record which highlights a difficult economy for young people. A record number of young Americans now live at home. It would be one thing if this was being driven by a desire to stay […]
Arrested development courtesy of student debt: How student debt is putting the lives of many young Americans on hold.
Many young Americans view student debt as a necessary evil in pursuing higher education. The level of student debt now reaches Himalayan levels as many are falling behind on keeping up with payments. A double-edged sword has befallen young Americans. First, the path to middle class jobs no longer runs through a blue collar industry […]
The most delinquent loan of them all: Student debt delinquencies at record levels on the eve of rates doubling. Half of college graduates working in jobs where their degree is not required.
If the news for college graduates couldn’t get any better. Our woefully motivated millionaire Congress is unable to figure out what is necessary to stop the doubling of interest rates on student debt. While the Fed can turn on a dime to rectify zero percent interest rates for member banks, trying to help the youth […]
The young, educated, and massively in debt college generation: Total student debt outstanding approaches $1.1 trillion. 65 percent of all outstanding student debt held by those 39 and younger.
It is interesting to hear older politicians take the podium and wax and wane poetically how young Americans are not working hard enough or need to take responsibility for their actions in the current economy. The reality of the situation is the recent recession has punished the young disproportionately. The young have seen their net […]
The higher education racket gets long in the tooth: For-profits account for 47 percent of defaults but make up only 13 percent of total enrollments.
Bubbles do not burst in a nice orderly fashion. In fact, incredible graft enters the system where it becomes obvious to any bystander that the bubble is going to burst. This is the case for higher education. The US has over 4,000 colleges and universities, with many of them operating like glorified paper mills. Similar […]
The most educated and indebted generation ever – Average student debt has tripled since 1990 while earnings have gone stagnant for college graduates. How much is the college rite of passage worth?
Most have very fond memories of their college going years. Going off to college is one of the few rites of passage that we have in the United States ushering future generations into official adulthood. Yet the cost to attend this passage has gotten astronomically expensive. College has now turned into a very large business […]