Jul 26 2015

Credit card debt makes up for lack of income growth: Credit card debt outstanding back up to $900 billion. Since 1980 household income up 300% while credit card debt up 1,760%.

The middle class started disappearing in earnest in the late 1970s.  Massive inflation started eating away at the standard of living for most Americans.  Yet much of this was covered up by access to debt.  Credit cards, creative mortgages, student loans, and auto debt all allowed Americans to continue acting as if prosperity was only […]

Jun 3 2015

The working few and the inverted pyramid of labor: 1 out of 3 Americans financially carry the other two-thirds.

Last month a record 93,194,000 Americans were counted as not being in the labor force.  Counted might be the wrong word since this group is largely erased from any employment figures.  In fact, this is a large reason why the unemployment rate has fallen so dramatically.  Yet one grim financial reality remains.  That reality includes […]

Apr 24 2015

Two-thirds of Americans don’t understand how credit cards work: The debt addiction in your pocket.

There is something alluring about swiping a card and making a purchase.  It almost seems euphoric and fun.  Credit cards come in a variety of sleek designs to help you part with your current and future income.  Americans are deeply in debt.  Mortgages, student loans, auto debt, and credit cards consume a large portion of […]

Apr 1 2015

The economically lost generation of Millennials: taking a look at net worth data, living arrangements, and student debt.

Young Americans probably missed the memo regarding the economic recovery that has been taking place since 2009.  Apparently massive student debt, living at home, and a market full of low-wage jobs isn’t exactly the picture perfect ideal of a booming economy.  Millennials are facing an uphill battle.  The market has virtually eliminated the pension system […]

Mar 15 2015

The next bailout will be with student loans: White House takes first steps in allowing a bankruptcy option for student debt. $1.2 trillion in student debt outstanding.

It truly is absurd when you hear people moralizing that people should pay their student debt when virtually every other debt class can be discharged through bankruptcy.  You can go to Las Vegas, run up $50,000 in credit card debt for a wild night, and if you are unable to pay it back, no problem.  […]

Mar 10 2015

The young, broke, and indebted American: 45 percent of 25 year olds carry student debt and the median net worth of those 35 and younger is one month of expenses.

It is clear looking at economic data that young Americans were not sent the memo regarding this economic recovery.  People do realize that the “Great Recession” officially ended in the summer of 2009, right?  We’re heading into year six of this recovery but many are simply seeing lower paying jobs, a deeper reliance on debt, […]

Feb 20 2015

The revival of the American debt machine: auto loans, student debt, and credit card debt surge in latest report. Total non-housing debt now at $3.15 trillion.

Last week while going through mountains of credit cards offers, it felt as if we were in 2005 and 2006.  Even last year, the cold calls started and it seemed like the debt machine was back and alive.  This is helpful news for consumers given that half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.  Now […]

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