Why the Job Recovery is a Farce Illustrated in Six Charts

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Why the Job Recovery is a Farce. The Labor Force Participation Rates Among Various Age Groups Show Serious Weakness in the Labor Market. The main stream media has been trumpeting the wonderful state of the U.S. labor market. Superlatives like “Robust” “Buoyant” “Solid” “Strengthening” are used to describe the job market. But…. The Job Recovery Read More →

Ten Reasons the Real Estate Market WON’T Go Ballistic This Spring

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Ten Reasons the Real Estate Market WON’T Go Ballistic This Spring The podcast ends with a critique of a recent Fortune article titled “Ten Reasons the Real Estate Market Could Go Ballistic This Spring” (see below) Podcast Summary Introduction: 0:00-3:58 What’s Next for the Fed? 3:58-7:36 The Fed has chatted the dollar higher with all Read More →

HP Fires Employees, Buys Back Shares

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HP Fires 55,000 Employees, Buys Back Shares Jewlett Packard’s actions illustrates an unintended consequence of artificially low interest rates. Companies get a better return on investment buying back shares than hiring employees or investing in capital equipment. Buying back a company’s own shares is so attractive, it even makes sense to fire employees and reinvest Read More →

The Three Legged Economic Recovery Propaganda Stool

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The Stock Market and the Inflated/Spun Real Estate Market and Job Numbers The false economic recovery story is based on a rising stock market and positively spun poor housing and jobs data. The media’s spins bad economic data by using words and phrases like “lofty” “robust” “accelerating” and “strengthening” to describe the tepid job and Read More →

Mainstream Media Economic Cheerleading

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Mainstream Media Economic Cheerleading Major international media outlets continue to tout the U.S. economy as “solid”, “robust” and “accelerating”. Podcast Summary Intro: 0:00-5:15 Retail Sales Review 5:15-7:10 discussion of the low retail figures in light of the supposed increase that was supposed to happen because of lower gas prices. Consumer spending is approximately 2/3 of Read More →

New Home Sales vs. New Car Sales

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New Home and New Car Sales During the Great Recession. New Car Sales Soar, New Home Sales Don’t. Low interest Rates, Easy Credit Boost New Car Sales. New Home Sales are at Multi Decade Lows Despite Historically Low Interest Rates. Consumers saddled with mortgage sized health insurance costs, rising food costs and car payments find Read More →

The State of the U.S. Economy

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The State of the U.S. Economy The United State economy is weak, yet the Federal Reserve continues to tout a “solid” economic recovery story while threatening to raise interest rates. Reality will eventually catch up with the Fed and those believing the media’s recitations of U.S. economic recovery narrative. Podcast Summary: Intro: 0:00-6:58 The Disconnect Read More →

Predictions for 2015 – Real Estate and the Economy

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Real Estate Predictions for 2015. Economic Predictions for 2015. Gold and Silver Predictions for 2015. The economy will not boost home sales, rather government stimulus and programs may do the trick. Interest rates will remain low as the Fed engages in “Quantitative Patience” and talks about raising rates only. Gold and silver demand will out Read More →

The False Housing Recovery of 2014

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The False Housing Recovery. Housing Outlook for 2015. The False Housing Recovery of 2013 continued in 2014. After a few years of false starts, the housing market remains stalled. Existing Home Sales Down 3% in 2014. Housing Recovery? What Housing Recovery? The definition of recovery is a temporary period between sickness and wellness. The housing Read More →

Will The Fed Ever Raise Interest Rates?

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Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates? The Fed has been talking about ending QE and raising interest rates since 2009. Can the economy withstand an interest rate hike? How To Buy Gold. Fractional American Gold Eagles in 1/10, 1/4 and 1/2 oz Sizes for Smaller Budgets. How to Buy Silver. 2014 American Silver Eagles Still Read More →