Apr 16 2015

1 out of 4 college adjunct faculty collecting government assistance: Students in debt and professors barely getting by all the while tuition soars.

The student debt crisis continues to move across the nation’s landscape like an unrelenting storm.  The stories of economic pain are growing involving students but what about adjunct professors?  For those of you that are unfamiliar, adjunct professors are like contract teachers at many colleges.  Many carry a heavy teaching load but receive very little […]

Apr 12 2015

The new American retirement plan equates to working forever: Nonexistent nest eggs and most Americans are bad at planning as to how long they will live.

The idea of retirement is a modern one especially when it comes to saving and having a nest egg.  In the past, retirement was only a luxury afforded to a small number of wealthy families.  The rest of the population was destined to work until they died.  That may seem harsh but that is historical […]

Apr 9 2015

The mega Chinese stock market bubble:  Over half of new investors only have a junior high education or less and the Shanghai Composite is up 100 percent in one year.

I still have vivid memories of Japan’s massive bull-run in stocks and real estate.  For many years the consensus was that Japan had found a secret method of perma-growth and prices would only go up.  Down was not in the vocabulary.  We are seeing similar perceptions and narratives when it comes to China’s roaring economy.  […]

Apr 5 2015

Record 93.2 million Americans now not in the labor force: The not in the labor force rebound added 277,000 Americans in March alone.

In the last year alone we have added 2.1 million Americans to the “not in the labor force” category.  This mysterious category continues to grow and is having a field day with the employment data.  It is hard to ignore this number because it represents a large portion of our population that is simply not […]

Apr 1 2015

The economically lost generation of Millennials: taking a look at net worth data, living arrangements, and student debt.

Young Americans probably missed the memo regarding the economic recovery that has been taking place since 2009.  Apparently massive student debt, living at home, and a market full of low-wage jobs isn’t exactly the picture perfect ideal of a booming economy.  Millennials are facing an uphill battle.  The market has virtually eliminated the pension system […]

Mar 25 2015

Bear markets happen more than people think: Since 1940 we have encountered 12 bear markets.

A bear market is defined by a 20 percent drop in the stock market from recent highs.  For some, the memory of the last crisis is now but a distant echo.  After all, we’ve been in a rather strong bull run for 6 years.  But bear markets happen more than most people think.  Since 1940 […]

Mar 15 2015

The next bailout will be with student loans: White House takes first steps in allowing a bankruptcy option for student debt. $1.2 trillion in student debt outstanding.

It truly is absurd when you hear people moralizing that people should pay their student debt when virtually every other debt class can be discharged through bankruptcy.  You can go to Las Vegas, run up $50,000 in credit card debt for a wild night, and if you are unable to pay it back, no problem.  […]

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