Oct 16 2010

The debt end game – Top 10 percent of families own an average of $700,000 in stocks while the next 15 percent own an average of $53,000. The other 75 percent are insignificant players by Wall Street standards.

The government recently announced on a slow Friday a $1.29 trillion budget deficit as if it were no big deal for the completed fiscal year.  In fact, this was spun as grand news since the previous budget deficit topped $1.4 trillion.  We are now reaching a nationwide tipping point of debt.  The U.S. Treasury and […]

Jul 30 2010

40 years of housing data – U.S. homes still too expensive for typical families. In 1970 the median home could be purchased with 657 ounces of gold. Today, it only requires 155 ounces. The erosion of the U.S. dollar

The last 40 years have seen the U.S. housing market transform into a market largely driven by incredible amounts of debt.  The credit card companies understood the basic notion that the monthly payment drove most financial decisions.  Even though people purchase a home with a 30 year mortgage, the implicit understanding was that in a […]

Nov 9 2009

The Balance Sheet Recession: $4.2 Trillion Lost in Residential Real Estate Value. Yet Mortgage Debt Down by $140 Billion.

What we are experiencing is a balance sheet recession.  The reality of our current economic funk is highlighted by the growing unemployment rate and the diminishing purchasing power of many Americans.  What is going to make this economic crisis drag out like a painful Hollywood divorce is the inability to reconcile the past with our […]

Oct 19 2009

U.S. Dollar Sendoff Stock Market Rally: Dow up 56% from Bottom in U.S. Dollars but up only 31% in Euros. How a Crashing Currency Hides Actual Trends. Over 40 Ounces of Gold Needed to Purchase Dow Index in 2000. Today 9.4 Ounces of Gold will buy the Dow Index. Oil is up 128% from March low.

Many Americans have a hard time wrapping their mind around a declining currency or the hidden tax that is inflation.  The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve understands this and for decades has exploited this issue to slowly siphon off the buying power of the U.S. dollar. Openly they tell the public that they are for […]

Dec 3 2008

Best Performing Investments for 2008: Can Real Estate actually be one of the Best Investments for the Year? 5 Strong Performing Areas for the Year.

Investors had very little place to hide this year.  Without a doubt, 2008 has been a tumultuous year for virtually every class of investment out there.  The stock markets are seeing one of the worsts year on record since the Great Depression losing globally, an estimated $32 trillion in market capitalization.

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