The comprehensive guide on why you will never retire living the way you do: Examining the typical $50,000 household budget and why most Americans have nothing to very little saved for retirement.
We are facing an impending retirement crisis of epic proportions. The math is tough to look at. We have a growing population of aging baby boomers hitting retirement age with weak investment portfolios. Many will face increased healthcare costs since most of healthcare spending tends to hit in old age. Many older Americans are finding […]
The Fed is channeling higher interest rates: Fed Committee participants anticipating higher rates and inflation already permeating throughout economy.
A market addicted to low interest rates is about to get a shock. Today our debt addicted system is accustomed to central banks providing all sorts of easy money. The market is awash with easy credit and inflation is rearing its funky head in all sorts of segments of the economy. Low interest rates have […]
Inflation is all around us if you know where to look: Spiking food costs, rising home prices and rents, and more expensive energy.
Inflation is accepted as a normal part of our economy similar to how we take it for granted that the sky is blue. It is close to a religion where people simply believe that inflation is part of the economic fabric of our nation. Yet inflation with no subsequent rise in wages is tantamount to […]
Why you should fear inflation: The CPI understates the true nature of inflation. BLS only allocates less than 2 percent to tuition in CPI. Missing big on the biggest expense in housing.
Some people believe that inflation is simply a part of the normal economy like seeing the sunrise every day. Over time prices will rise on everything, or so the argument goes. I’m not sure if most dig into the question any deeper and question the nature of prices rising. If we look at inflation over […]
Can the young Atlas support the heavy burden of an aging population? 58 million Americans currently receiving Social Security Benefits. Over half of elderly beneficiaries receive 50 percent or more of their income from Social Security.
Social Security was never designed as a long-term retirement plan. According to the Social Security Administration for elderly beneficiaries, 53 percent of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried persons receive 50 percent or more of their income from Social Security. This is an incredibly high number that depend primarily on Social Security and also […]
The big economies cannot avoid a soft default as they face their debt reckoning: U.S. and other central banks battle it out for artificially low interest rates on unsupportable levels of debt.
Would you lend money to someone that you knew would never pay you back? The answer is, probably not unless you are okay with burning through hard earned cash. The global central banks unfortunately have entered into terminal velocity when it comes to debt support. The U.S. carries a stunning $17.51 trillion in total public […]
Household debt first increase in 4 years largely driven by massive increases in student debt. Auto loans showed increase volume in sub-prime loans.
In a recent post we discussed how personal income growth is having tough go at the current economy. However, with incomes largely stuck in the quicksand of a mediocre economy for the working class, we see that the elixir of spending is back at the table again. Debt spending is making up for the lack […]