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Illinois Lost 1 Resident Every 4.3 Minutes In 2017, Dropped To 6th Most Populous State

Illinois is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it’s largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90’s.  Here is just a small taste of some of our posts […]


Here’s How Much Retirees Are Spending To Support Their Adult Kids

At one point in time in America, living at home with mom and dad after crossing out of your teenage years and into your 20s was embarrassing and something that was generally avoided at all costs.  And while hard times come and go, 20-somethings who were forced back into their parents’ care worked their tails […]


Labor Market Conundrum: Number Of Millennials Living At Home With Mom Continues To Surge

Nary a day goes by that President Trump and/or the talking heads on CNBC fail to mention the following unemployment chart as evidence that “everything is awesome” with the U.S. economy… …which might be true unless you’re among the 95 million-ish Americans who have been looking for a job for so long that you no […]


Matt Taibbi Exposes The Great College Loan Swindle

Authored by Matt Taibbi via RollingStone.com, How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America's next financial black hole… On a wind-swept, frigid night in February 2009, a 37-year-old schoolteacher named Scott Nailor parked his rusted '92 Toyota Tercel in the parking lot of a Fireside Inn in Auburn, Maine. He picked this […]


Durable Goods Orders Bounce In September – Remain Below 2007 Highs

While total durable goods orders have stagnated below 2007 highs for the last 4 years, thanks to a better-than-expected 2.2% jump in September, the YoY gain was an impressive-sounding 8.3% (the 8th month in a row of annual gains). Context is king…   Under trhe covers, eveything was rosy: U.S. Sept. Durable Goods Orders Rise […]


Housing Horrors Continue: New Home Sales Tumble To Lowest Since 2016

Extending July's weakness (in new, existing, and pending home sales), August is off to a rough start with existing sales and now new home sales has collapsed (down 3.4% vs expectations of a 2.5% gain). July's big plunge in sales was revised slightly higher but this left August with a 560k SAAR sales rate – […]


These Maps Explain Who Really Caused Hillary’s Loss (Hint: It Wasn’t Angry, Sexist, Xenophobic, White Men)

Ever since election day Hillary and her former minions have attempted to reinforce a narrative that some combination of Russian hackers, James Comey and angry, sexist, xenophobic, white men were the cause of here staggering defeat in November 2016.  That said, a new study highlighted by the Washington Post (of all places) today, confirms that […]


Exactly How Many Warnings Do You Need?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, When I was growing up my father, probably much like yours, had pearls of wisdom that he would drop along the way. It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned that such knowledge did not come from books, but through experience. One of my favorite pieces of […]


The 30 US Metros With The Highest And Lowest Incomes

Authored by Wolf Richter via WolfStreet.com, Breath-taking differences in a vast country. The Census Bureau released another data trove this week for 2016, based on the American Community Survey. Among many other data points, the survey details median household incomes by geographic location, such as by metro area, county, or state. And they show just […]


Is This President Trump’s “Read My Lips” Moment?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, “Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. This week, President Donald […]


Yes, You Should Be Concerned With Consumer Debt

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Just recently the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its quarterly survey of the composition and balances of consumer debt. Importantly, it was the fact that total indebtedness reached a new all-time record that sent the mainstream media abuzz with questions about the economic implications. Here is the […]


Boomers Are Turning 71 – These 4 Charts Paint A Perfect Storm It Will Set Off For Investors

Authored by Stephen McBride via MauldinEconomics.com, Few investors understand the magnitude of the looming demographic crisis and its ramifications. The first Baby Boomers turned 70 last year. At the same time, the US fertility rate is at its lowest point since records began in 1909. This disastrous combination means by 2030, those aged 65 and […]


One Analyst Throws Up On Today’s Retail Sales Data: Here’s Why

Two weeks ago we reported that July auto sales were a disaster: recall sales for bloated with inventory GM were down 15% YoY, Ford off 7% and Chrysler down 11% – despite record incentive spending – as overall auto sales declined and disappointed for yet another month. And yet, according to this morning’s retail sales […]