Jan 22 2017

The 4 Horsemen of the US Debt Apocalypse: 80 percent of federal government operation costs go to four areas in Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense.

Here is a question you probably won’t find on Jeopardy: what is the actual risk of a U.S. default on its debt?  The answer to that is none because the Federal Reserve has the magical power to create new debt to pay off old maturing debt.  Must be nice to operate beyond the normal rules […]

Oct 1 2016

The retirement gamble: 30 percent of American adults have no retirement savings. Half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

Retirement angst is a big deal.  It probably feels like a bigger deal since older baby boomers are now entering into retirement age in wildebeest like droves.  A time that was supposed to be spent sipping ice cold margaritas on the warm beaches of the world is now filled with working retail jobs or trying […]

Jun 15 2015

The looming retirement crisis: 10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65 and most are inadequately prepared for retirement. Half of elderly Americans in poverty without Social Security.

There is a very common number that is thrown out regarding baby boomers and retirement.  We consistently hear that every day 10,000 baby boomers hit the typical retirement age of 65.  This trend is expected to go out until 2030.  What is troubling with this narrative is the assumption that most have enough funds to […]

Aug 29 2014

A day of reckoning has arrived to retiring Americans: 63 percent of Americans that start working by the age of 25 will be dependent on Social Security, relatives, or charity by the time they hit 65.

The notion of retirement is a fairly new one outside of wealthy circles. For most of civilized history, people worked until they died. Not a glamorous way to go but that is simply the course of human history. Only until recently with the emergence of the middle class was there a general semblance that retirement […]

Aug 23 2014

New definition of retirement = work until you die: Half of Americans have little to no savings for what will likely be a long and drawn out retirement.

The ideal vision of retirement is one of constant leisure supported by a sizable nest egg. Building a nest egg takes decades of discipline and careful planning. Unfortunately, many Americans did not adequately prepare and combined with the casino like financial system, many have been washed out of the system. Many retiring baby boomers are […]

Feb 2 2012

The Coming Demographic and Financial Disaster – Median income of Americans 65+ is $19,167. What happens when less affluent youth move back home and clash with older generations?

What happens when a society that prides itself on a middle class and self-sufficiency suddenly starts losing both?  For over a decade the middle class in the US has been shrinking.  This isn’t some speculation but is reflected in the stagnant household income data.  You also have a giant demographic train in that many baby […]

Mar 13 2009

Where the Jobs Are and Baby Boomers: Healthcare Growth and the Feeding of a Graying Population. Is a Post-Baby Boomer Society good for our Economic Competitiveness?

Seventy-six million American babies were born between 1946 and 1960 and we call this group the baby boomer group.  Many trends can be seen coming with this group.  Major toy sellers including Mattel came about this time.  In fact, much of their success included this right timing since Mattel was founded in 1945, just in […]

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