The new American retirement nightmare: Many Americans find they are completely unprepared for retirement.
Starting in late 2010, we reached a threshold where baby boomers were reaching the age of 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day. This will last into 2030. What was once thought of as a retirement age is no longer the case. The body has not evolved to adapt to financial circumstances but people […]
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 […]
US households cannot avoid soft default consequences of deleveraging: While US households continue to unwind debt total public debt soars out of control.
The US is walking in a financial minefield. The recent government shutdown simply highlighted the mega dysfunction in our Congress run by millionaires. The government is in a deep capture by large financial interests. The IMF now has an indicator looking at household debt measured against GDP. Since the recession, US households have undergone a […]
Let us count the ways of inflation: While the CPI understates inflation Americans are living out the days of a contracting standard of living.
Americans are experiencing the impacts of inflationary pressures on their pocketbooks. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) used by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics does a poor job of measuring inflation because it uses derivative measures to reflect the price of things we can readily get. The most obvious example is the measure used to […]
The financial feeding of the massively indebted American: Consumer credit owed hits record, permanently high gas prices, and feeding empty promises with food stamp outlays up 600% from 2000.
Americans are now fully engaged, once again, in their consumption ways financed by debt. To continue pretending that the middle class is not shrinking, massive amounts of debt are being pumped into the system once again. Total consumer debt has reached another peak but the reason this has peaked is very troubling. Over the last […]
The debt reckoning has arrived: Total debt owed now approaches $60 trillion while Fed wrestles with interest rate confidence game.
Some people may be oblivious to the recent historical interest rate moves being experienced in the bond markets. Many on Wall Street probably assumed that the Fed had an unlimited ability to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public. Yet the reaction with interest rates concludes an interesting chapter in American central […]
The un-American savings rate: Americans savings rate heads to a record low. Americans saving about 2 percent per year and the near extinct pension.
For a brief period during the height of the recession, Americans resorted to saving more money as credit markets around the world tightened up. As data is now showing, this turned out to be a very brief anomaly in the market. Americans are back to not saving money. The debt markets are creeping back in […]