Jan 26 2014

Is the stock market overvalued by 50 percent? PE ratios out of sync with fundamentals underlying the economy. Not in labor force group in US increased by 15 percent since recession ended.

How quickly people forget financial history.  Those investing in the stock market since 2009 have grown accustomed to a market that only moves in one direction.  They are also addicted to a system built off crony financial leverage that has largely locked out the vast majority of the public.  This system has created wealth inequality […]

Nov 14 2013

The froth before another stock market crisis: Stock market is overvalued by 27 percent based on historical price to earnings ratio.

The stock market has once again become an overvalued casino where only the large financial players can use massive leverage to enjoy short-term rewards.  Even looking at historical price-to-earnings (PE) ratios we find that stocks are dramatically overpriced.  Yet the stock market is a sham for most Americans.  In fact 53 percent of Americans don’t […]

May 13 2013

Federal Reserve ZIRP has essentially destroyed household income growth: Households headed by those 45 to 54 see their real household income growth drop by 16 percent from 1999.

The Federal Reserve has pursued a zero interest rate policy as a mechanism for pulling the US out of the financial crisis.  Interestingly enough low rates and heavy speculation were part of the cocktail that led us into the crisis in the first place.  Ben Bernanke recently mentioned a bit of concern that speculation is […]

Apr 2 2013

Casino economics: How the S&P 500 endured two 50 percent dips in the 2000s and sent the middle class packing.

It took the S&P 500 about 13 years to get back to where it was in 2000.  Of course the power of inflation has taken an even deeper toll on this trend.  The stock market is largely a spectacle for most average Americans.  It is a dramatic sideshow like going to the track and betting […]

May 28 2012

Saying goodbye to the middle class concept of retirement – many workers plan to work up until they are 80 well beyond the typical life expectancy of Americans. How long will $25,000 last in retirement?

The romantic concept of being able to retire on a sunny beach with endless drinks is a modern notion largely pushed by mainstream advertising.  It is hard for many middle class Americans to imagine a world where retirement is a luxury for the very few.  However that is the path we are now following.  The […]

Jan 2 2012

Welcome to the new model of retirement. No retirement. In 1983 over 60 percent of American workers had some kind of defined-benefit plan. Today less than 20 percent have access to a plan and the majority of retired Americans largely rely on Social Security as their de facto retirement plan.

As many Americans enter into retirement they are realizing one unfortunate thing.  The new retirement plan is no retirement at all.  Over the last few decades Americans were promised the idea of a comfortable retirement yet none of this has materialized because of financial swindling and a real estate bubble that will go down in […]

Nov 21 2011

Meet the New Recession, same as the Old Recession – Financial sector devouring a disproportionate amount of revenues. Share of wealth to financial sector at record levels.

The middle class is being squeezed like a ripe tomato out of existence in the United States and the media is largely fixated on trivial nonsense, political theatre, and flashy car advertisements to keep people numb from the grim reality.  The financial sector has become a large drag on the overall economy instead of serving […]

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