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Why the U.S. National Debt May be Headed Towards Bankruptcy

By Monday, May 18, 2015

US National DebtOver the past few years, the U.S. national debt has increased drastically since the financial crisis. To give some perspective, since President Obama has taken office, U.S. public debt has jumped by $7.0 trillion. (Source: Committee Responsible Federal Budget, May 11.2015.)With stocks at an all-time high, people aren’t paying much attention to the U.S. debt level. But know this: rising national debt is a problem, and the U.S. debt. Read More

National Debt Balloon Bearish for U.S. Dollar, Positive for Metals

By Friday, March 27, 2015

National Debt  turning into Debt crisisWith the U.S. government forecast to incur budget deficits year-over-year through to 2025, our rising national debt is turning into a debt crisis that will have long-term negative effects on our economy and currency valuation. In particular, two ticking debt time bombs are lurking nearby.Official National Debt Figures to 2025According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. government is expected to incur budget deficits each year until at. Read More

The Greece Debt Crisis: Back in Four Short Months

By Monday, February 23, 2015

Greek Debt CrisisThis past Friday, we got news of Greece’s debt extension. The headline at the Financial Post said it all: “Greece and its EU paymasters reach accord to keep bailout funds flowing for four months.” (Source: Financial Post, February 20, 2014.)With the news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which spent most of the day flat, jumped 157 points to a new record closing of 18,140. Yes, the Dow Jones. Read More

How Troubles in the Eurozone Will Eventually Affect Your Investments

By Friday, July 5, 2013

I can’t say this often enough: the eurozone debt crisis is here to stay for a long time. The key stock indices might have given investors false hope, but we are still standing at square one of any economic recovery.Greece, which was at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis, may be required to issue Treasury bills to stay solvent. The country has to convince the International Monetary Fund. Read More

What the Worst Jobs Report of the Year Means to You

By Friday, July 5, 2013

jobs marketOn the surface, today’s jobs market report looks good…195,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy during the month of June, with the “official” unemployment rate for the month sitting at 7.6%, unchanged from May. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 5, 2013.)But look a little closer and this jobs market report is a catastrophe…Look at the underemployment rate, which includes people who have given up looking. Read More

Germany to Pull Back on ECB’s “Whatever It Takes” Position?

By Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I can’t stress this enough: troubles in the eurozone are far from over.First and most important, the strongest nations in the eurozone are experiencing an economic slowdown now too. As I have written before, France and Germany are seeing diminishing demand.Finland, one of the financially strongest nations in the eurozone, fell into a recession in the first quarter of this year. Why? Exports from Finland are declining due. Read More

Number of S&P 500 Companies Reporting Negative Guidance a Red Flag

By Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 Food Stamp Usage RisingStandard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency, believes the likelihood of the U.S. credit rating being downgraded in the near term is less than 33% (one in three) and it has decided to keep its credit rating on the U.S. economy at AA+, slightly lower than the best investment grade. (Source: Standards & Poor’s, June 10, 2013.)This may be good news to the politicians who continue to believe there. Read More

Next Tiny Country in the Eurozone to Bust

By Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eurozone to BustWhile cutting the growth outlook of the global economy, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Olivier Blanchard said yesterday, “…the main challenge is very much in Europe.” (Source: “IMF Cuts Global Growth Outlook as Europe Demand Urged,” Bloomberg, April 16, 2013.)Blanchard showed further concerns regarding the economic slowdown in the eurozone, saying, “Europe should do everything it can to strengthen private demand. What this means is aggressive. Read More

Student Loan Default Rate Hits a Scary 11%

By Thursday, January 10, 2013

Student Loan Default RateAnother crisis looming in the air…Student debt is going to be the next big hurdle to deal with in the U.S.’s economic recovery. Total student loan debt currently stands very close to $1.0 trillion and defaults on these loans are increasing at an alarming rate, placing more pressure on economic growth.In the third quarter of 2012, student loans delinquent over 90 days stood at an alarming 11%. (Source:. Read More

What the Fiscal Cliff Deal Really Means for Investors

By Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal Really Means for InvestorsIn the end, after weeks of hearing about the fiscal cliff, it was over. Taxes on rich Americans went up, and spending was untouched. But guess what? It doesn’t matter…it makes no difference to America’s debt crisis!Raising the tax on the rich (individuals making over $400,000 and couples making over $450,000 combined annually) and doing away with some tax loopholes only bring in another $60.0 billion a year to. Read More


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