Mar 3 2010

The Middle Class Financial Compact Being Washed Away – Income Dilution and the Saving Disparity. 57 Million Households Live on $52,000 Per Year or Less.

The middle class is finding itself struggling to keep what was once seen as staples of a burgeoning working class in our country.  Part of this battle has come from a system that has rewarded easy finance on the backs of the working class.  Take for example residential real estate.  For decades, this was probably […]

Jan 28 2010

Game Over for the American Middle Class – Inflation Adjusted Wages up 20 Percent in Last 20 Years While Housing Costs are up 56 Percent and Healthcare Costs are up 155 Percent.

The struggle for average Americans to keep up is largely becoming an act of will power and force in this current grand recession.  Now you wouldn’t think that there is a definite war raging against the middle class if you simply follow the mainstream media but the facts speak to a more distilled and corporatized […]

Oct 29 2009

How 56.5 Million Households Live: $52,000 Median Household Income in 2009 Crushed by a Decade of Debt. A Decade of Lost Wages and Financial Debt Servitude.

The recent American Consumer Survey had some thought provoking data regarding the typical American household.  Wages over the past decade have been stagnant.  At least that is what is propagated in the common datasets but in reality, not only has income not grown it has actually declined.  The U.S. dollar during this time has been […]

Oct 10 2009

The Disappearing Middle Class Dream – How the Average American is coping with the Recession: Savings, Banking, Housing, and Investing. Over 50 Million Households Living on $52,000 or less a year.

Last month the American Community Survey detailed the painful 2008 year for American households.  This is a comprehensive survey looking at multiple financial, economic, and social characteristics of Americans.  What we find is that the average American is having a tougher time maintaining a hold on the middle class dream.  This isn’t a revelation but […]

Sep 10 2009

California Lost Decade of Employment: Bulk of Recent Income Gains went to Wealthiest Californians. 76.8 Percent of Adjusted Gross Income Gains between 2006 and 2007 went to the Wealthiest Fifth of California Personal Income Taxpayers.

California may now have one of the distinct misfortunes of enjoying a lost decade of job growth.  This not only applies to the battered economy of California, but to the nation as well.  To put the magnitude of the current recession in perspective, the only other time in economic history to see a contraction wipe […]

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