Jul 30 2010

40 years of housing data – U.S. homes still too expensive for typical families. In 1970 the median home could be purchased with 657 ounces of gold. Today, it only requires 155 ounces. The erosion of the U.S. dollar

The last 40 years have seen the U.S. housing market transform into a market largely driven by incredible amounts of debt.  The credit card companies understood the basic notion that the monthly payment drove most financial decisions.  Even though people purchase a home with a 30 year mortgage, the implicit understanding was that in a […]

Nov 14 2009

Federal Government Budget Deficit in October is Three Times the Annual Budget Deficits of the Banana Republic of California.

California has been the poster child of ineffective state government.  Bickering politicians, constant spending, and budget deficits that baffle the economic bottom line.  But California isn’t alone in this spend more than you earn reality.  Last year, California had to patch up $60 billion in budget deficits.  A large and historical sum no doubt.  Yet […]

Nov 9 2009

The Balance Sheet Recession: $4.2 Trillion Lost in Residential Real Estate Value. Yet Mortgage Debt Down by $140 Billion.

What we are experiencing is a balance sheet recession.  The reality of our current economic funk is highlighted by the growing unemployment rate and the diminishing purchasing power of many Americans.  What is going to make this economic crisis drag out like a painful Hollywood divorce is the inability to reconcile the past with our […]

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