Putting it on plastic again – Record number of credit cards issued in 2015 surging 90 percent from 2009. 60 million credit cards issued last year alone.
We love credit cards as much as we hate paying bills. As a nation we have an addiction to instant gratification. In the not so distant past, Americans actually had to save money before making a purchase. Seeing that many Americans have nothing in their pockets except lint and cell phones with hefty monthly payments, […]
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 […]
Almost Half of Americans Endure at Least One Aspect of Poverty: The Hidden Recession Continues to Hit Americans Hard.
Poverty is portrayed in a very simplistic fashion in the media. It is usually something that impacts other people far removed from your immediate family. However, poverty is incredibly widespread. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. We already know that half of the country lives paycheck to paycheck and is simply one small emergency from […]
Total U.S. debt breaks $19 trillion mark: Total debt rises by $8.4 trillion in last 8 years and is on pace to hit $22 trillion by 2020.
When the party is getting ready to end, you might as well ramp up the spending and put it on the nationwide credit card. Total U.S. debt blew right through the $19 trillion mark and has expanded by $8.4 trillion only in the last 8 years. There are countless obligations in the form of Social […]
A recession is imminent: 5 charts signaling an oncoming recession. The market is overheated with debt and the public is anxious about the economy.
A recession is imminent and millions of Americans already live in an economy that feels like it never left the Great Recession. Low paying jobs seem to dominate this weak recovery. Younger Americans are realizing that they may not have it as good as the baby boomer generation where good paying jobs were plentiful and […]
What the heck? U.S. Public Debt up $518 billion in November alone: U.S. debt ceiling made of toilet paper.
You might remember that back in March, we hit our debt ceiling limit. The amount registering on the U.S. Treasury Department website was stuck at roughly $18.15 trillion. Of course given our addiction to spending and debt, we simply charged all new spending off the books. We as a country have a deeply rooted addiction […]
The American Dream deferred: Looking at the 4 horsemen of middle class destruction. Student debt, household income, low wage jobs, and FIRE economy dominance.
The angst that is being manifested in the political arena is largely being brought on by economic uncertainty. There is a general underlying anxiety of living in a United States with a weakened and invisible middle class. We are heading directly into that scenario with both eyes fully wide open. Many of the new jobs […]