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“Solid Footing”… How Is The Average Joe Really Doing?

Authorted by Steven Hansen via StockBoardAsset.com, When some think of the economy, they think of GDP. When I think of the economy, I try to visualize the average Joe and how he or she is doing. According to Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard: Overall, the U.S. economy remains on solid footing, against the backdrop of the […]

The Real Reason Wages Have Stagnated: Our Economy Is Optimized For Financialization

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Labor's share of the national income is in freefall as a direct result of the optimization of financialization. The Achilles Heel of our socio-economic system is the secular stagnation of earned income, i.e. wages and salaries. Stagnating wages undermine every aspect of our economy: consumption, credit, taxation […]

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 […]

Why We’re Doomed…

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The point is the present system cannot endure. Despite all the happy talk about "recovery" and higher growth, wages have gone nowhere since 2000–and for the bottom 20% of workers, they've gone nowhere since the 1970s. Gross domestic product (GDP) has risen smartly since 2000, but the […]

Why Wages Have Lost Ground In The 21st Century

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The problem with stagnant wages is our socio-economic system requires ever-higher incomes to function. One of the enduring mysteries for conventional economists is why wages aren't rising for the bottom 95% even as unemployment is low and hiring remains robust. According to classical economics, the limited supply […]

Outrage Builds Over Grade-Manipulation Scandal In Baltimore School System

Via StockBoardAsset.com, Earlier this month, ‘Project Baltimore’, an investigative reporting initiative, which was launched in March 2017, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. uncovered a Baltimore City school with zero students proficient in math and the highest graduation rate in the area. The school in focus is Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, after teachers contacted Project […]

United Nations Issues Rare “Early Warning” – Signals Potential Civil Conflict In America

A United Nations Committee tasked with combating racism on a global scale has issued an ultra rare "early warning" for the United States citing "alarming racism" trends. As StockBoardAsset.com notes, this rare signal often preludes the potential for civil conflict. In the past 10-years, the early warning has been issued in Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, […]

Are We Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Solutions abound, but they require the retirement of obsolete systems that defend entrenched interests and soul-crushing inequalities. It turns out Nero wasn't fiddling as Rome burned–he was 60 km away at the time. Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned? The story has become short-hand for making […]

The Great Disconnect: Markets Vs. Economy

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, The general consensus is the rise in capital markets, despite global weakness, geopolitical risks and sluggish employment and wage growth, is clearly a sign of economic strength as witnessed by rising corporate profitability. Therefore, stocks are the only investment worth having. My arguments are much more pragmatic. First, it […]

Why We’re Doomed – Our Economy’s Toxic Inequality

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Anyone who thinks our toxic financial system is stable is delusional. Why are we doomed? Those consuming over-amped "news" feeds may be tempted to answer the culture wars, nuclear war with North Korea or the Trump Presidency. The one guaranteed source of doom is our broken financial […]

“The Goolag Echopeligo”

Authored by Robert Gore via StraightLineLogic.com, If you find the title confusing, DDG the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Warning: SLL is about to put forth two propositions that are so obvious they’re undoubtedly controversial. Readers offended by the obvious but controversial are advised to stop reading. Proposition one: If Group A and Group B are […]