U.S. economy

Global Debt Levels are Leading to a Financial Crisis

By Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Financial CrisisAs the Greek debt crisis winds down, world markets are reverting to business as usual without acknowledging a fundamental truth: Greece was only the beginning. Many countries have used nothing but debt to fuel their growth, laying the groundwork for a mega-sized economic collapse.A key study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that an over-indebted population is directly correlated with a volatile economy. And when I say debt,. Read More

Economic Collapse: Peter Schiff Has a Dire Warning for America

By Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter SchiffIf you thought what’s happening in Greece could never happen here, think again. While government officials try to soothe investors’ fears with a lot of happy talk, new indicators suggest the United States could be on the verge of an economic collapse. At least, that’s the view of renowned investor Peter Schiff.“What’s happening in Greece and what’s happening in Puerto Rico is going to happen in the United States.” He said. Read More

Housing Market: Affordability and Interest Rates Working Against Higher Prices

By Monday, July 20, 2015

Housing MarketThe National Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index has dropped 12% in the first five months of 2015. (Source: National Association of Realtors, last accessed July 16, 2015.)In January, the qualifying income to get a mortgage for an existing median-priced home in the U.S. was $36,576. In May, buying a median-priced home would require $41,712 in income.Let’s be honest; incomes in the U.S. economy haven’t increased by much. Read More

Ron Paul: Real Inflation Rate is Over 6%

By Saturday, July 18, 2015

Former Texas Republican Congressman and three-time Republican presidential nominee Ron Paul discusses the latest inflation numbers in June, as well as the likelihood of a rate hike. (Source: Inflation On The Rise, last accessed July 16, 2015.)In June, the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a leading indicator of inflation, increased by 0.4% month-over-month. The reading represents a six percent inflation rate, far higher than most economists had expected. (Source: U.S.. Read More

Inflation: Consumer Price Index Climbs 0.3% in June

By Friday, July 17, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says inflation went up by 0.3% in June, solidifying market expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. The BLS released its monthly Consumer Price Index report on Friday July 17th.The CPI is calculated by tracking the prices of “basket” goods and comparing it to their prices in a base year. The BLS currently uses 1982-1984 as the base year,. Read More

U.S. Inventory Stockpile Up to Size of Canada

By Friday, July 17, 2015

U.S. Consumer SpendingIn June, retail and food service sales in the U.S. economy declined 0.3% from May. When calculating these sales figures, the Census Bureau looks at 13 different kinds of businesses. In June, seven of those business types reported an outright decline in sales. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 14,2015.) In particular, American consumers are pulling back on their spending of discretionary staple items such as furniture and clothing, building material,. Read More

Bernie Sanders: The “Real” Unemployment Rate is 10.5%

By Thursday, July 16, 2015

Job Numbers Bernie SandersThe “real” unemployment rate is actually 10.5%—almost double the government’s official figures. Or at least, that’s according to Vermont Senator and Democrat nominee Bernie Sanders.“When you talk about the economy, we also have to have an honest assessment of unemployment in America.” Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, told a crowd of 7,500 people gathered at a presidential campaign rally in Portland, Maine. (Source: Bernie Sanders Rally in Portland, Maine, last accessed. Read More

Job Numbers: Here’s the Story Nobody in the Media is Talking About

By Thursday, July 16, 2015

U.S. Economy: Here’s the Jobs Story Nobody is Talking About The U.S. job market showed further signs of improvement with unemployment claims dropping to 281,000 for the week ended July 11th. The number reflected a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s 296,600 claims. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, July 16, 2015.)Less than 300,000 people were let go during each of the last 19 weeks, a feat last achieved in 2000. Labor conditions in the U.S. continue to ease. Read More

Global Economic Slowdown to Take Stock Market Down with It

By Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Global EconomyThe global economy is headed towards an economic slowdown and it will take U.S. stock prices down with it.The growth rates of major economies are anemic. China is growing at its slowest pace in two decades, putting pressure on Australia’s economy. Japan has been going in and out of recession for years now. The crisis in Greece has strained the eurozone’s economic growth even further. And the U.S. economy. Read More

Oil Investing: This Could Spark the Next Financial Crisis

By Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oil Investing Financial CrisisThere seems to be a trending theme in today’s economy—borrowers cannot pay their debt. This time, the spotlight is on oil companies. Low oil prices have forced many energy drillers to the financial brink, and analysts fear a wave of defaults could set off another financial crisis in 2015.Shale drilling has gained popularity among oil drillers over the last decade. Shale companies also raised a lot of debt. Recent. Read More

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