Multi-generational living is here to stay in a low wage economy: Over 57 million Americans live in multi-generational households.
The Great Recession might be officially over on paper, but the social impact continues to be felt today. The structural changes are deep and profound and have caused a major rise in multi-generational households. Many young Americans burdened by low wage jobs and college debt may have no other option but to move back home […]
The government is already in a soft default and is addicted to low interest rates: Government expenses at $3.87 trillion while receipts enter at $3.29 trillion.
The term default has varying definitions depending on whether you are an individual, a big bank, or the government. For you as an individual, default will occur when you are unable to pay your debts with the income you are generating. You are constrained by your income. As we saw with the housing crisis, when […]
Is going to college worth it? College tuition has increased at a faster rate than housing, energy, food, and medical care costs over the last decade.
For an entire generation it was an easy question to answer. Is college worth it? Absolutely. There was little debate regarding the “worth” of a college education. Of course this question was usually asked during more affordable times and not when $1.2 trillion in student debt was out sloshing about in the economy. I think […]
One-third of working Americans support two-thirds of the population: The hidden figures of those not in the labor force and transfer payments.
There still seems to be little acknowledgement of the massive army of people now falling into the category labeled as not in the labor force. Some of this growth is predictable like many older Americans hitting retirement age. But this only explains a small portion of the change since many older Americans are needing to […]
How Americans go poor by spending money on housing and related expenses: Americans spend 33 percent of their income on housing-related items.
People tend to think that buying a home means only paying principal and interest. Most conveniently forget the other myriad of expenses associated with being a homeowner. As Americans find less disposable income in their bank account each month, less Americans are becoming homeowners. The middle class is moving away from the American dream because […]
The new subprime is in auto loans: One third of all new auto loans are of the subprime variety. Repossession are up 70 percent.
Leave it to Wall Street to resurrect the subprime loan. This time, subprime has found a comfortable home in the automotive industry. In the car addicted US culture, subprime debt is back in a massive way. Subprime auto debt is the new risky debt product. This is a big deal. $924 billion in total auto […]
When the middle class loses the battle to inflation: Census data shows household income continues to stagnant while debt continues to expand.
The annual Census data was recently released and showed a grim picture when it comes to household income. While GDP continues to grow and the stock market continues to reach new peaks, the middle class continues to fall further behind economically. Americans however continue to add mountains of student debt and auto debt as to […]