Inflation is all around us if you know where to look: Spiking food costs, rising home prices and rents, and more expensive energy.
Inflation is accepted as a normal part of our economy similar to how we take it for granted that the sky is blue. It is close to a religion where people simply believe that inflation is part of the economic fabric of our nation. Yet inflation with no subsequent rise in wages is tantamount to […]
Goodbye American middle class: New report reveals that 62 percent of Americans earn $20 or less per hour. Household income stuck in neutral for a generation.
The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reveals that 62 percent of Americans earn $20 or less per hour. And this only examines those that actually have a job. Most of the new jobs added since the Great Recession ended have come in the low-wage segment of our economy which seems […]
The looming retirement train wreck: Pension issues, lack of retirement savings, and extending the date of retirement all part of the current economic future.
The concept of retirement is a fairly modern one. In fact, we can argue that only one generation actually got to enjoy a long and relatively healthy stay in retirement over a mass population. For most of history, life and work went hand and hand and people retired essentially when they keeled over. The only […]
Hand-to-mouth nation: Roughly 40 percent of US households living paycheck to paycheck but two thirds of these families are not considered poor by economic definitions.
People have a hard time believing that in the wealthiest country in the world, we have close to half of our population living hand-to-mouth bouncing from one paycheck to another. A recent paper released by the Brookings Institution’s BPEA conference shows that people living hand-to-mouth are largely those with “middle class” incomes. Of course middle […]
Quantitative Easing has been the fuel for rising inequality and welfare for the modern Gilded Age: President Fisher from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas mentions QE’s gift to the rich.
As the Fed begins to slightly ease up on Quantitative Easing the reality of the winners and losers is becoming more apparent. QE was welfare for the wealthy and even President Fisher of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank hints at QE being a massive gift to boost wealth. Well if we merely look at wealth […]
The perpetually depressed American consumer: Stock market high and bounce in real estate does not assist in boosting consumer confidence. 57 percent of Americans think economic outlook is getting worse.
Looking at the stock market and real estate prices would lead you to believe that the economy is recovering at a healthy clip. The underlying conditions of the economy may benefit the financial and real estate sectors (both live off each other) yet for most American families conditions are not rosy. In fact consumer confidence […]
The dual income conundrum – Americans need to work two jobs to make up for stagnant wages and the sinister impact of a middle class being eaten away by inflation.
In the United States the dual income household is the status quo. In the late 1960s dual income households were not common. Today however two income households are the majority largely because many Americans require two incomes just to stay afloat. This has been labeled as the “two income trap” and in many ways, it […]