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Economic Outlook 2015: IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecasts—Again

By Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Economic OutlookIMF Lowers Economic Outlook for 2015 In what appears to be standard routine these days, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) slashed its economic outlook for 2015. This would mark the fourth consecutive downward revision from the IMF, suggesting that China’s stock market crash has left a deep impact on the global economy. To be clear, cutting growth estimates as time goes on is an established pattern at the IMF. Back .

What Is the U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015? Good, if You’re Rich

By Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015 will be significantly different depending on your vantage point. If you’re wealthy, 2015 will probably be another year of celebratory wealth creation. If, on the other hand, you’re not, 2015 will feel an awful lot like 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. Wall Street and the U.S. government will tell you the economy is doing well, but it won’t feel like it. In .

Economic Growth Can’t Happen When This Is Now the Fastest ­Growing Segment of the Poor

By Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Economic GrowthDespite what the politicians tell us about economic growth in the U.S economy, Americans are earning significantly less today than they did before the 2008 financial crisis. The U.S. Census Bureau just reported that in 2014, real median household income in the U.S. economy was 6.5% lower than in 2007. This is the income adjusted for inflation. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, last accessed September 17, 2015.) And poverty remains a .

U.S. Economy: How Public Companies Are Holding It Back from Growing

By Friday, September 11, 2015
U.S. EconomyA fundamental problem that has plagued the U.S. economy in recent years is the fact that public companies are spending and borrowing for stock buybacks and are not investing in their businesses. In fact, by preferring to spend their money on stock buybacks as opposed to capital expenditures (like property, plants, and equipment), companies are showing a total lack of faith in the U.S. economy. Just look at these numbers… .

U.S. Economic Collapse: Low Income Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Any Metro Area

By Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable to LiveA new report shows poor households cannot earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American cities. This is a signal that the country’s slow-motion economic collapse is hitting low-income workers the hardest. Commentators continue to cheer on America’s so-called booming economic recovery. Last quarter, the U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly good 3.7% annualized rate. Stock market indices, including the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial .

Consumer Spending Anemic as 58% Say Economy “Getting Worse”

By Monday, August 31, 2015
Consumer SpendingI have written over and over again on how distorted the U.S. business sales and inventory figures are. Manufacturers are stockpiling products. Retailers are experiencing a decline in sales. Consumer spending is getting softer. But it’s more than just retail that is becoming a drag on the U.S. economy. Statistics from the U.S. housing market also point to very soft consumer spending. In July, the annual rate of new home .

Exchange Traded Funds: 2 ETFs to Profit from China’s Economic Growth

By Friday, August 28, 2015
Exchange Traded FundIn a country where the annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate could be eight percent, its stock market should be a good place to invest, right? Well, according to the portfolio strategy research team at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), China’s economic growth will come back in the final quarter of this year. Moreover, the country’s growth rate is expected to accelerate to an annualized rate of eight .

U.S. Economy: Why Recession’s Knocking

By Friday, August 21, 2015
RecessionWhat used to be a leading indicator, the stock market has now become a lagging indicator. For months (in these pages), I have written about how sick the U.S. economy has become. Stock market investors are waking up to the reality that world economic growth is either non-existent or even contracting—albeit too late. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now solidly in the red for 2015, down 832 points since .

Consumer Confidence Plunges in July as U.S. Economy Heads Wrong Way

By Monday, August 3, 2015
Consumer ConfidenceIn the month of July, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined nine percent from May. The index stood at 99.9 in June and plunged to 90.9 in July—the lowest level since September of 2014! A sub-index of this confidence index, called the Expectation Index, which measures how U.S. consumers feel they will do going forward, saw a massive decline to 79.9 in July from 92.8 in June—14% month-over-month. These .

What Economic Growth? One-Third of Americans Say They Are Now Poorer

By Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Economic growthAccording to a Gallup survey, 51% of Americans say that they are in the middle or upper-middle class. Between 2000 and 2008, an average of 61% of Americans identified themselves to be in middle and upper-middle class. (Source: Gallup, April 28, 2015.) In the survey, the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as working or lower class increased to 48% in 2015, compared to just 36% in mid-2008! On a relative .

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