Feb 17 2009

Suburb Cat Thousandaire: How Americans Lost a Decade of Wealth through Debt and Listening to the Banking and Housing Industry.

Not all that glitters is gold.  And not everyone touting to be a financial expert should be regarded as such.  Americans have lived in what could be considered a decade built on a debt façade.  As many Americans strolled their neighborhoods, possibly taking the dog out for a walk, many suddenly would come across a […]

Jan 15 2009

Fiscal Situation of 50 States: Combined Budget Gaps Estimated at $350 Billon for 2010 and 2011.

It is simply stunning that 44 states are facing shortfalls either for this fiscal year, or will come up short in 2010 or 2011.  This puts virtually the entire country in a difficult financial situation.  It is hard to understand how the media feels that the federal government is somehow better able to get money […]

Dec 20 2008

The Most Comprehensive California Housing Market Analysis: Looking at 11.5 Million Households and 32 Counties. Investing in California Housing is a Complicated Calculus.

The California housing market has had its worst year on record.  2008 will go down as one of the most difficult and volatile economic years in history.  With that said, there is still a lingering notion or profound desire for bargain hunting.  Many articles now try to call a bottom in the stock markets by […]

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Dec 12 2008

How to get out of Debt: Can it be the American Consumer is Contributing to Deflation by Paying off Debt?

The Federal Reserve flow of funds report was issued this week and for the first time since 1951, when records started being kept household debt has actually declined.  The larger meaning of this?  Many Americans simply cannot take on anymore debt.  What it also means is that many Americans are more reluctant to take on […]

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Dec 1 2008

How much does the Average American Make? Breaking Down the U.S. Household Income Numbers.

How much does the typical American family make?  This question is probably one of the most central in figuring out how we can go about fixing our current economic malaise.  After all, we don’t hear many people saying in today’s world that they have too much money.

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