Once upon a time, there was a middle class: This election year will determine whether the middle class falls into obscurity.
In the not too distant past the United States had a vibrant middle class. Prosperity for most families was the rule rather than the exception. This didn’t happen by accident or some odd twist of luck. It happened because as a country we setup a foundation that valued a robust middle class. The Great Depression […]
9 charts showing Americans never recovered from the Great Recession: If you are wondering why people are so angry look no further.
The press is somewhat baffled as to why Americans are so angry this year. The stock market seems to be doing fine (too bad most Americans don’t own stock). Jobs are being added (too bad most jobs are in the low wage service sector). Housing values are up (too bad the homeownership rate is down […]
Unsocial Insecurity: Social Security Fund loses money for the first time since 1983. The new retirement model will have you working until you fall over from a heart attack.
Social Security was never designed as a long-term pension. It was implemented in 1935 during the Great Depression to assist families from falling into absolute poverty. The large work force dominated by men usually meant that many would die and leave a large family behind with no financial resources. Social Security was there to protect […]
Market indicators suggesting a correction is coming: On Black Tuesday Shiller PE Ratio was at 30. Today it is at 26.2 and volatility is back in a big way.
Volatility is back in a big way for the global economy. Not that it went away but for a couple of years central banks fooled the public into believing that perpetual debt was a good way to rejuvenate the markets. There will be no free lunch. Oil crashed rather dramatically. Greece is reigniting further issues […]
The American Dream no longer involves owning a home: Record number of young living at home and rents increase while income falls.
Inflation is an insidious money grabber. When incomes are stagnant or falling, any tiny amount of inflation is tantamount to a wage a cut. The largest expense for Americans is housing payments. This can be in the form of rent paid to a landlord or mortgages paid to a bank. Either way, money is getting […]
Cronyism and ensuring American taxpayers bailout the finance industry during the next crash: Nostradamus like spending bill will ensure big banks never fail with your money.
Do you smell what is in the air? Pine trees? No. Something with a more pungent smell. There is a wonderful whiff of cronyism floating around Washington D.C. In the latest government kabuki theater there was some interesting items being passed. There were major protections given to banks should trillions of dollars in derivatives blow […]
The stock market correction has arrived: Massive global volatility, central bank wizardry, geo-political instability, and people finally realizing how overvalued the market has become.
The stock market is finally reflecting the true nature of the global economy. There is massive geo-political instability, central bank double-speak, and a growing trend of low wage labor. In the US, it is no surprise that subprime auto debt has grown at an outstanding pace simply because people are too broke to finance a […]