Feb 12 2017

The most depressing chart showing US imports and exports in 2016 with top trading partners.

The manufacturing base has completely eroded in this country and one chart dramatically highlights this (shown later in the article).  It is deeply disturbing that we now have as many people working in restaurants as waiters and bartenders as we do in manufacturing.  This of course is for good reason given that you can’t export […]

Dec 31 2016

Guns and Chipotle: Millennials are the most employed generation in two occupational areas: food services and military.

Young Americans have many financial obstacles placed in their way.  Many older Americans like to chime in and blast younger Americans as being weak and complaining too much but the facts tell a different story.  Millennials do have it economically tougher.  Quality of life is up (for all) but the standard of living is getting […]

Sep 24 2016

Everyone thinks they are middle class: The false perceptions many Americans hold.

We have a deeply held belief in America that if you work hard enough, anything is achievable.  This is something built into the core of our nation.  If you go back to the Great Depression, while other countries were overturning systems and shifting deeply held ideology, Americans held steady and went out and voted.  The […]

May 16 2016

Once upon a time, there was a middle class: This election year will determine whether the middle class falls into obscurity.

In the not too distant past the United States had a vibrant middle class.  Prosperity for most families was the rule rather than the exception.  This didn’t happen by accident or some odd twist of luck.  It happened because as a country we setup a foundation that valued a robust middle class.  The Great Depression […]

Mar 30 2016

1 out of 3 American households can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation. The biggest rise in expenditures comes from rising housing costs.

The driving force in this political movement is anger and many American families need only look at their bank statements to understand why.  Since 2004 median income has fallen by 13% while expenditures have risen by 14% according to latest figures pulled by Pew Research.  That strikes at the heart of why the middle class […]

Feb 7 2016

Low wage recovery highlighted by 7 out of 10 jobs added in January coming from minimum wage waiters and temporary retail workers.

The unemployment rate fell below the 5 percent mark for the first time since the Great Recession wrecked havoc on the economy.  This is good news right?  Well the stock market didn’t think so for a couple of reasons.  First, this adds more fuel to pushing interest rates higher (a big expense on the $19 […]

Jan 15 2016

What is a middle class income in America? A lot less than you think and Americans are getting poorer by the day.

Questions around being middle class are coming up a lot in the last few years.  This inquiry is coming up because people are grasping at straws trying to maintain a quality of life that reflects a middle class lifestyle but many have incomes that simply do not support their spending.  Americans are set to become […]

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