May 21 2017

The debt spending binge: Household debt has surpassed record levels reached during 2008 Great Recession.

Debt spending is once again keeping the economy afloat.  People are leveraging future income on buying items today on the basis that the economy is not going to have a hiccup.  On some reports you see pundits mentioning that delinquencies remain low.  Well things were fine too before the Great Recession hit.  Once again we […]

May 15 2017

Amazon is annihilating the Department Store faster than you think with 80 million prime subscribers: 4 charts showing the destruction of the department store.

If you enjoy the process of shopping at department stores you may want to get it out of your system sooner rather than later.  Forget about the fact that the US has built a ridiculous amount of mall space thinking that Americans were perpetually going to only buy in-person in cavernous florescent light stores.  Amazon […]

Apr 2 2017

Baby boom or bust: Retirement withdrawals now exceed contributions. Since 2008 US public debt up by $10 trillion, nearly the same as the Russell 3000 Index.

You knew it was only a matter of time before baby boomers started taking out their money from retirement accounts in mass.  If you think boomers were rebalancing every year carefully, think again.  We have now crossed an interesting threshold where retirement withdrawals exceed contributions.  Part of this has to do with a younger and […]

Sep 10 2016

U.S. national debt is more than all the world’s physical cash, gold, silver, and bitcoin combined.

The U.S national debt is quickly approaching $19.5 trillion.  It will very likely be there this month.  It is hard to comprehend how much this amount is for the average American that is barely trying to get by.  But people are starting to wake up.  There is a large financial charade going on.  Most people […]

Aug 20 2016

The wealthiest 10% hold 76% of the wealth: The rich continue to pull away from the rest of the crowd.

Wealth in the U.S. continues to accumulate into fewer hands.  A recent Congressional Budget Office report showed that the top 10% of U.S. families now control 76% of total wealth.  That is a massive amount considering total family wealth is at $67 trillion.  Wealth inequality continues to expand and is creating deeper divides in our […]

Jul 19 2016

Gallup Economic Confidence Index plunges while stock market near record: Stock Market decoupled from financial well being of average Americans.

Gallup releases an Economic Confidence Index which should reflect the overall sentiment of Americans as it pertains to the economy.  With the stock market near record highs and the housing bubble market soaring, you would expect average Americans to be smiling from ear to ear with glee.  But when you click on over to Gallup, […]

Jun 22 2016

Spending it all on rent: 11 million Americans spend half their income on rent. Another 21 million spend over 30 percent of their income on rent, a record high.

The financial raiding of the American middle class is moving full steam ahead.  The ridiculous structure of the banking bailouts and artificially low interest rates caused hot money from banks and big investors to crowd out regular families in the housing market.  Now here we are 7 years after the official conclusion of the Great […]

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