Sep 5 2014

The return of the stock market bubble: In a world with clear risk, investors are acting as if the market is completely risk free.

Some investors tend to believe the stock market is a perfect and balanced barometer of the underlying economy.  Even with the recent bubbles in technology stocks and real estate, some still have this misguided assumption that stock values are always priced right.  Most of the movement in the market is being driven by institutional investors […]

Jul 16 2014

We are absolutely in a stock market bubble: corporate equity valuations now higher than peak reached in 2007. Crestmont P/E of 26.3 is 90 percent above its average of 13.9.

Once again the stock market is in full bubble mode. The internet chat forums are full of people pumping up stocks and you also have penny stocks surging in light of people looking for the next free lunch. The stock market is a poor indicator of the overall economy but it does show how those […]

Jun 6 2013

Bread, butter, and food stamp economy: Is the US developing a permanent under-class of citizens economically?

The American economy has developed a deep disconnect between its financial markets and the working and middle class.  The stock market has soared by 138 percent from the low reached in 2009.  Yet very little of this has trickled down to the majority of Americans.  In fact, most Americans actually saw little to negative growth […]

Mar 9 2013

Inflation eats away the new peak in stock market: Dow is down 11 percent since 2000 adjusting for inflation. Looking at the stock market and the impact of inflation.

The Dow has now reached a new peak.  The media is prancing up and down like a giddy school girl as if this had a significant impact on the bottom line for most Americans.  Don’t let the details out that many companies have increased their bottom line by squeezing wages and cutting worker benefits.  Yet […]

Jun 3 2012

The day the credit markets awake from a slumber – $1 trillion in consumer debt currently delinquent. Student debt continues to grow adding fuel to the higher education bubble.

With much of the attention being diverted to the cascading financial crisis in Europe something was missed in the United States.  The incredibly important quarterly consumer credit report released by the Federal Reserve highlighted some disturbing trends.  The first overall point is that the American consumer continues to deleverage.  Yet with a system built on […]

Mar 29 2012

Expanding the debt bubble to a tipping point – US government debt growing 4 times faster than GDP. Retail investors largely out of stock market.

The global market is being held together with the veneer of massive debt duct tape.  The solution for much of the European debt crisis was to simply add more debt to the current situation.  Solve a debt problem with more debt in other words.  All this does is delay the inevitable.  The hope is that […]

Sep 9 2011

How Wall Street and the media forgot about the middle class – 10 incredible charts highlighting the problems facing the middle class. China labor costs, debt ratios, Euro-zone finances, and balance sheet disequilibrium.

The mainstream press and ego driven politicians have completely forgotten about the middle class in this country, pretending as if ignoring the cacophony of discontent would simply make it go away.  Both parties are simply doing the bidding of the financial upper-crust and that is why you rarely hear about household income being discussed in […]

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