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 […]
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 […]
How the stock market is a sham for the working and middle class. 53 percent of Americans have no money in the stock market, including retirement accounts. 62 percent of all US wealth owned by top 5 percent.
The growing wealth divide in this country is devouring every piece of the middle class that is currently left. The stock market is largely a sham for most Americans. Why? Many hedge funds and other large Wall Street firms are in the business of making quick profits even if it means destabilizing the underlying economy. […]
Pension disaster looms over the horizon: In 1980 60 percent of Americas participated in a pension program. Today it is less than 10 percent and the amount saved for retirement is startling.
Americans are on the verge of a retirement disaster. As pension plans slowly go extinct Americans are not saving enough for retirement. The figures point to a looming pension and retirement disaster. Retirement for most Americans is largely a mirage. As organizations switched from pensions to 401ks it was expected that most Americans would save […]
Wealth distribution in US rivals a modern day Gilded Age: In 2013 wealth inequality at record levels. 72 percent of wealth in US held by 5 percent of the population.
Americans continue to live through a modern day Gilded Age. Wealth inequality is at its highest levels since the Great Depression, when names like Mellon and Morgan plastered the headlines. Yet this time around, the availability of debt provides the illusion that the playing field is even. Americans are massively in debt and when we […]
Has the US lost control on debt market growth? Unbridled debt expansion at the nucleus of rising debt inequality in the United States. US total credit market debt now over 3 times larger than annual GDP.
There is one charge that can never be leveled against Americans and that would be that we somehow have an aversion to debt. To the contrary, our love with debt has blossomed into a full blow addiction. People confuse access to debt with actual real wealth. However as the foreclosure crisis has taught millions, you […]
The modern day Gilded Age – in 2010 top one percent captured over half of all income gains. From early 2009 the S&P 500 is up 109 percent but home prices are at new lows falling almost 34 percent.
Most Americans derive their net worth from the equity built up in their homes. This has been the case for many decades. As the stock market races upwards to stratospheric highs it is hard for many average Americans to understand why it is that economically they are stuck in the same place. New tax data […]