Jul 9 2012

A clash of generations – 1 out of 6 Americans receiving Social Security benefits. A larger share of workforce dominated by older Americans.

The bill is coming due.  A stunning 61,000,000+ Americans receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or both.  Add another 46,000,000+ Americans on food assistance and you begin to see why we are running on borrowed time on a variety of fronts.  With Social Security, working Americans are taxed for current retirees.  This works when you […]

Apr 25 2012

The young and the jobless – Half of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed, in the US. Social Security short fall highlights deeper reality of economy.

The news for young Americans doesn’t seem to be getting any better.  Earlier this week it was announced that Social Security will be running out of funds by 2033, three years earlier than expected.  What this means if nothing is changed is that future retirees will receive only 75 percent of expected payouts.  Not a […]

Feb 2 2012

The Coming Demographic and Financial Disaster – Median income of Americans 65+ is $19,167. What happens when less affluent youth move back home and clash with older generations?

What happens when a society that prides itself on a middle class and self-sufficiency suddenly starts losing both?  For over a decade the middle class in the US has been shrinking.  This isn’t some speculation but is reflected in the stagnant household income data.  You also have a giant demographic train in that many baby […]

Jul 25 2010

Broken financial generations – U.S. households only have a median of $2,000 saved in retirement accounts. The median net worth for those 25 to 34 is $3,700. Which generation will support the economy going forward? Social Security beneficiaries make up 19 percent of all Americans.

I recently had a conversation with a retired neighbor, a former Navy vet who worked most of his life at a local grocery store.  I wouldn’t call him wealthy but he has his financial house in order; he paid off his home in the early 1990s, has no other debts, and lives well below his […]

May 18 2010

5 ways that Wall Street and the U.S. Government punish the American saver – Artificial low interest rates, understating inflation, pushing people into the stock market casino, and destroying yield on traditional safe investment vehicles.

The only savers in the U.S. seem to be the investment banks.  Four of the big banks on Wall Street turned out a perfect quarter as they have managed to leverage the zero percent funds from the Federal Reserve into government securities.  At the same time, middle class Americans would be lucky to get 0.1 […]

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