A Gilded Age built on debt for modern day financial aristocrats: Fed reports record for household net worth only problem is that most people do not own financial assets.
The Fed recently reported that US households reached an all-time record high when it comes to their net worth. A record $77.3 trillion net worth figure was reported with $7.65 trillion of this growth occurring over the last 12 months. The only issue here is that most Americans do not own any financial assets. The […]
The epic crisis in retirement savings: Vast majority of Americans unprepared for retirement. Median retirement savings for those 25 to 34? Zero dollars.
If actions are a method of gauging interests Americans have little desire or ability to prepare for retirement. In fact, the amount of money saved for retirement is absolutely shocking on the low side. When you mention that the American per capita wage is $26,000 people seem shocked. This figure doesn’t coincide with the spend […]
The banking system’s methodical way of punishing savers: How punishing savers is encouraging a low savings rate and high levels of debt.
Would you be motivated to save money if your rate of return was 0 percent? That is the situation facing many Americans looking to put their hard earned dollars into the current banking system. Underlying the zero percent stated rate however is the reality that the real rate is closer to negative three percent given […]
The financially forgotten generation: Economically raising the Millennials in a debt strapped financial world. Over half of Millennials have no savings.
Millennials, those roughly 18 to 34 years of age are growing up in the financial shadow of their baby boomer parents. This group of Americans is more diverse in what they perceive to be a good quality life. They prefer to live close to work and shopping, they are not big on suburbs, and many […]
A wing and a prayer retirement plan: Two-thirds of Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Income inequality at record levels in the US.
It is interesting to see what passes for financial journalism in the press. This morning a guest was on one of the major news stations and she was mentioning that Americans need to save $1 million or more to retire comfortably. In the next sentence, she mentioned that two-thirds of Americans don’t even save enough […]
Americans are slowly creeping back to their non-saving and debt based spending ways: Drop in the savings rate and shift in type of debts being taken.
The personal saving rate in the United States is on a multi-decade decline. Part of this has to do with Americans putting their money into alternative savings vehicles like 401ks and IRAs but a large part of this has to do with Americans simply not saving. Roughly one-third of US households have no savings to […]
The un-American savings rate: Americans savings rate heads to a record low. Americans saving about 2 percent per year and the near extinct pension.
For a brief period during the height of the recession, Americans resorted to saving more money as credit markets around the world tightened up. As data is now showing, this turned out to be a very brief anomaly in the market. Americans are back to not saving money. The debt markets are creeping back in […]