The rise of the dollar store – catering to a disappearing middle class with shrinking incomes has made dollar stores prosper in the last decade. In last decade Family Dollar grew by 62 percent in store count while U.S. population only went up by 8 percent.
Dollar stores for most Americans carry an odd sort of stigma. In the past, these locations were seen as shopping hubs for the poor only. Yet as we all know many in the once strong American middle class were thrown off the prosperity treadmill and into lower income brackets. While companies struggle with growing dollar [...]
Commercial Real Estate Surpassed Residential Real Estate as Worst Performing Property Class in 2009: The $3.5 Trillion Financial Time Bomb is hitting the Economy.
Some of you are probably not aware that the commercial real estate market has crossed a dreaded line in the sand. Commercial real estate (CRE) that includes apartments, industrial, office, and retail space is now performing worse than residential real estate. Not just by a little but by a good amount. While the CRE bust [...]
American Financial Dream Deferred: How the U.S. is Mirroring the Japanese Lost Decade after the Heisei Boom.
This weekend I decided to take a trip to a couple of local stores to pick up some food that didn’t involve turkey so I wouldn’t be fatigued of eating the same thing for the entire week. A chain grocery store had about five people on a Sunday when it typically would have many more. [...]
Can the U.S. Dollar Rally while Stocks go Down? U.S. Dollar Fueling Stock Market Rally: Examining the Dow World Index and Dow Index in Relation to the U.S. Dollar. U.S. Dollar down 35 Percent since 2001.
The role of the U.S. dollar is coming into question during this economic crisis. Most average Americans are oblivious to the fact that since 2001, the U.S. dollar has fallen a stunning 35 percent. What seemed as good economic times was purely a credit bubble fueled by easy money from the U.S. Treasury and Federal [...]
Demand Destruction Price Deflation: Earnings up when you Fire Employees. California Lowering Tax Brackets. Social Security no Cost of Living Adjustments.
The Consumer Price Index has shown a year over year decline for the first time since the 1950s. This in itself has added fuel to the growing flame of the menace of deflation. Yet what we are seeing in the psychical world in the form of price declines is directly linked to demand destruction and [...]
Federal Reserve Paying Interest on Excess Reserves: Why Lend when you can Earn Interest for Holding on to Funds with Low Risk? The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Walking a Tight Rope.
One tiny announcement made by the Federal Reserve back in October of 2008 is finally making some noise in the dark corners of the internet. What the Federal Reserve announced at the time was that it would begin paying interest on depository institutions’ excess reserve balances. Now why this is important is that it offers [...]
Following the Failed Japanese Economic Playbook: 10 Charts Comparing the Japanese Lost Decade to the United States.
Even as early as last year, anyone trying to compare the circumstances of the United States with the lost decade in Japan appeared to be out of line with mainstream economist and the media. Yet if this financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that the experts can be wrong by a wide margin. [...]
20,000 Americans Lose Their Job Each day but we Still Bailout Wall Street and Banks: 4 Charts Highlighting this Historical Financial Crisis. GDP, Inflation, Industrial Production, and Excess Reserves.
Four banks and one credit institution failed on Friday. This is now becoming a common Friday ritual. On February 13 four banks were also taken over by the FDIC. Multiple bank failures on one day are now growing in size. Yet the FDIC is quickly blazing through their insurance fund and soon, the taxpayer is [...]
The Long Depression of 1873: Parallels and Comparisons. Are we Missing Economic Information from an Important Piece of American Financial History?
There have been many comparisons to the Great Depression with our current economic crisis. Massive speculation, rampant problems in the banking system, and exponential jumps in unemployment. Yet we may have a lot to learn by looking at the former Great Depression known as the Long Depression. The Long Depression lasted 65 months starting in [...]
Fiscal Stimulus: Does Government Investment help the Economy. Examining the Impact of Monetary and Fiscal Stimulus.
The economic difficulties facing our country have for the first time, made the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury seem powerless in regards to starting the economic engine once again. For nearly 100 years, the school of thought was that monetary policy was the driving force for everything. If inflation was picking up, all you needed [...]