Nov 5 2009

If Incomes are Down, Where is the Economic Spending coming from? Industrial Production Still Lower, Credit Contraction, and Average Work Week at Record Low. Wells Fargo Considering Converting Option ARMs to Interest Only Loans.

With 8 million jobs lost in this great recession, it is rather surprising to see so many people enter into a deep capture mode of believing in a quick and efficient recovery.  If we look at data in the misery index, the average American has a hard time swallowing the jagged economic recovery pill.  They […]

Oct 10 2009

The Disappearing Middle Class Dream – How the Average American is coping with the Recession: Savings, Banking, Housing, and Investing. Over 50 Million Households Living on $52,000 or less a year.

Last month the American Community Survey detailed the painful 2008 year for American households.  This is a comprehensive survey looking at multiple financial, economic, and social characteristics of Americans.  What we find is that the average American is having a tougher time maintaining a hold on the middle class dream.  This isn’t a revelation but […]

Sep 1 2009

The American Consumer Meets Minimalism: How This Recession Will Change the American Consumer.

Is the American consumer forever changed?  Did the current recession alter the seemingly unrelenting spending machine known as the American consumer?  From early indications, it looks like some habits will be changed for a very long time.  This is a big shift given the nearly endless round of bubbles in the past 30 years culminating […]

Jun 28 2009

The Country that Punishes Savers: Americans Saving 7 percent of Income Putting nearly $800 Billion Annual Rate on the Sidelines. Banks offering 0 to 0.10 Percent to Borrow Your Money.

Americans are increasingly putting more and more money on the sidelines.  For the month of May Americans put away 6.9 percent of their income into savings.  Not the stock market or real estate but bona fide savings.  This is a stark contrast from the zero rates achieved back in April of 2008.  When we discussed […]

May 30 2009

FDIC Banking Report: 305 Troubled Institutions up from 90 in 2008. $13.5 trillion Assets held with 2.1 Million Employees at 8,200 Institutions.

The FDIC is facing the highest amount of bank failures since the early 1990s. To calm Americans the government in 2008 upped the amount secured at FDIC institutions from $100,000 to $250,000 for each customer account. Yet losses have been so deep that in the fourth quarter of 2008 the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) quickly […]

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