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Four Charts Prove The ‘Economic Recovery’ Is Just A Fed-Induced Entitlement Program For The Wealthy

“Economic recovery” in America no longer means what it used to mean.  Historically “economic recovery” was largely characterized by job and wage growth, distributed across the income spectrum, and a rebound in GDP growth to north of ~3%-5%.  These days, the notion of “economic recovery” has been hijacked by the Fed and bastardized in such […]


America’s Wage Hope Hammered – Real Earnings Suffer Longest Slump Since 2009

For the first time since November 2009, real average hourly earnings tumbled for the 4th month in a row. Despite all the hype, all the hope, and all the Phillips-curve-ian academic discussion…   Real wage growth just is not there… Still it must happen soon, right? http://WarMachines.com


Mapping The Highest And Lowest Incomes Of America’s City Slickers

All throughout history, people have gone to cities to take advantage of the wealth and business. We wanted to know which metropolitan areas offered the best opportunities for Americans, so we looked at data for all 382 metros. Want to know where to make the most money? The following map from HowMuch.net shows just where… Source: […]


Why Populism Isn’t Going Away

Authored by Ronald-Peter Stoferle via The Mises Institute, The vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has baffled the main stream and the establishment. Most market participants and observers didn't believe ex ante that they were possible, and as a result were completely surprised when the unexpected happened. Ever since the term populism […]


Ray Dalio: “This Is The Most Important Economic, Political And Social Issue Of Our Time”

Every quarter, the Fed's Flow of Funds report discloses – among many other things – the total U.S. household net worth, and every quarter for the past two years this number has steadily gone up, hitting fresh all time highs with every new release, most recently $96.2 trillion, to widespread cheers from both the financial […]


Ray Dalio Explains What Is “The Most Important Economic, Political And Social Issue Of Our Time”

Every quarter, the Fed's Flow of Funds report discloses – among many other things – the total U.S. household net worth, and every quarter for the past two years this number has steadily gone up, hitting fresh all time highs with every new release, most recently $96.2 trillion, to widespread cheers from both the financial […]


Are You Better Off Than You Were 17 Years Ago?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, We tend to measure what's easily measured (and supports the status quo) and ignore what isn't easily measured (and calls the status quo into question). If we use gross domestic product (GDP) as a broad measure of prosperity, we are 160% better off than we were in […]


What If The Tax Donkeys Rebel?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, I would hazard a guess that an increasing number of tax donkeys are considering dropping out as a means of increasing their happiness and satisfaction with life. Since federal income taxes are in the spotlight, let's ask a question that rarely (if ever) makes it into the […]


Fed Stunner: Top 1% Of Americans Are 70% Wealthier Than The Bottom 90%

Today, the Federal Reserve released its triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) which collects information about family incomes, net worth, balance sheet components, credit use, and other financial outcomes.  A superficial flip through the first few pages of the 2016 SCF as most will do, reveals “broad-based gains in income and net worth since the […]


The Myths Of Recovery: Why American Households Aren’t Better Off

Authored by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev via MarketWatch.com, The stagnation of real incomes from 1999 through today is structural, not cyclical… Off the top, the figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday are encouraging: Median household income rose to $59,039, the second straight gain; The percentage of people in poverty fell to 12.7%, returning […]


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 […]