A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
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Work Until You're Dead?
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More and more Americans are, and not by choice. They simply don’t have the means to survive otherwise. According to CNN, “Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings…50% have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all….” (“76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck“, CNN Money)… [MORE]
While Housing Sales Slow
10-year Treasuries veered into the danger zone on Friday as yields broke through the crucial 3 percent barrier signaling a slowdown in housing sales due to higher mortgage rates. Fixed rate mortgages are expected to edge higher even though the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent just days earlier. The Fed’s announcement… [MORE]
Slip Sliding Away
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According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, Barack Obama now ranks among the least popular presidents in the last century. In fact, his approval rating is lower than Bush’s was in his fifth year in office. Obama’s overall approval rating stands at a dismal 43 percent, with a full 55 percent of the public “disapproving… [MORE]
America's Missing Investors
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Guess who’s investing in America’s future? Nobody, that’s who. Just check out this excerpt from an article by Rex Nutting at Marketwatch and you’ll see what I mean. The article is titled “No one is investing in tomorrow’s economy”: “The U.S. economy simply isn’t investing enough to ensure that there will be enough good paying… [MORE]
It's Closer Than You Think
“We are on the eve of a deflationary shock which will likely reduce equity valuations from very high to very low levels…..it is increasingly likely that one event will be the catalyst to very rapidly change inflationary into deflationary expectations. Indeed, when key prices are already falling across the globe, one should expect one key… [MORE]
Subprime Auto
Rates are low, credit is easy, underwriting is shoddy, and sales are booming. There’s your thumbnail sketch of today’s “surging” auto market. It’s a carbon copy of the subprime mortgage fiasco that plunged the economy into recession 5 years ago. Now the same nightmare is unfolding in Cartopia, the emerging credit Shangri-la where anyone who… [MORE]
Wall Street is buzzing, and it’s all about bubbles. In fact, according to Google Trends, interest in the term “stock bubble” was higher in November 2013 than anytime since October 2008. And that should be expected given that the Dow Jones just broke through the 16,000-mark while the NASDAQ sailed-past the 4,000 milestone for the… [MORE]