The average American is broke and buying things they cannot afford with debt again. Debt based consumer financing again filling the gap of a shrinking middle class.
At a family Thanksgiving get together we typically have a usual crowd showing up to celebrate the year that has passed. For many, this is the only time we see each other. A familiar face was not there. We asked what happened and apparently he had to work on Thanksgiving Day because stores are now […]
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 […]
The new American retirement nightmare: Many Americans find they are completely unprepared for retirement.
Starting in late 2010, we reached a threshold where baby boomers were reaching the age of 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day. This will last into 2030. What was once thought of as a retirement age is no longer the case. The body has not evolved to adapt to financial circumstances but people […]
US households cannot avoid soft default consequences of deleveraging: While US households continue to unwind debt total public debt soars out of control.
The US is walking in a financial minefield. The recent government shutdown simply highlighted the mega dysfunction in our Congress run by millionaires. The government is in a deep capture by large financial interests. The IMF now has an indicator looking at household debt measured against GDP. Since the recession, US households have undergone a […]
What is the Federal Reserve’s end goal? Follow the money and you will find no intention of tapering, out of control public debt, and financial steroids for stocks. Fed balance sheet up $55 billion in one week.
The Federal Reserve is known for producing convoluted and purposely hard to decipher messages. The media is driven by what the Federal Reserve says but fails to analyze what is truly happening. The Fed is driving in a car with no brakes. This is clear given that the Fed balance sheet increased by $55 billion […]
Means-Tested recovery: Over 108,000,000 Americans received means-tested benefits in latest report from Census Bureau, more than are currently employed full-time.
The Census Bureau released some interesting data in October. One of the pieces of data that we knew was coming was the continuing decline of household income. This decline is in line with the growing income disparity that is occurring in the US. Another piece of data made this trend abundantly clear. The comprehensive data […]
The US cannot avoid a soft default even if a hard default is avoided: Debt ceiling already breached and US Treasury operating in emergency mode while US is paying $415 billion in annual interest expenses.
All the talk has shifted from the government shutdown to the US actually defaulting on outstanding debts. The markets were in deep fear but the last couple of days rumors that the debt ceiling would be raised put the rocket boosters on the stock market. Of course, the majority of Americans have little money in […]