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The Great Student Debtberg Since 2006: Loans Outstanding Up 3X, Delinquent Debt Up 8X
From 2006 to 2018, total outstanding U.S. student loans surged over 200% from $521 billion to $1.57 trillion.
Broken Trend Lines - Attention Needs Be Paid!
Sure enough, the Dow fell 296 points or 1.2% on Friday, while the S&P 500 fell 1.7%, which confirms the technical breakdown under the important trendline that formed in early 2016.
Thanks, Donald! Record Buybacks Are Making Wall Street Giddy Again
Thanks to the President Trump's policies, there has been a buyback explosion as illustrated by this chart which shows the dollar value of share repurchase announcements, by year.
When Net Trade And Inventory Pull-Forwards Give You A 4.6% GDP Gain---Here's What Comes Next
This chart says it all...
The Market's Little Helper: S&P 500 Dividends And Buybacks Hit $1 Trillion Annual Rate In Q1
Sometimes one chart can say it all.
May Retail Sales - The Warning Signs Beneath
Aggregate income estimates suggest a collision where income growth has stalled in the wake of the 2015-16 downturn but spending hasn’t been dampened by nearly as much.
May Industrial Production—Not Much But Oil
If globally synchronized growth was a real thing, and its effects on the US economy were likewise more than rhetorical, then why hasn’t US income accelerated?
Economic Old Age: 40% Unemployment Ain’t Awesome
The fraudulent nature of the Awesome Economy story was again on display on Friday morning with the monthly jobs report release. Embedded in it were two juxtaposed charts that in theory can't happen under the Fed's bathtub economics macro-model
Economic Old Age And The Infections Of Monetary Central Planning
The US economy is now riddled with infections and debilitating impairments; and having expanded for 106 months or 2.5X the average historical cycle, it is well past the octogenarian point on the age scale.
Jumping The Great White Shark Of Bubble Finance
Wall Street has now truly jumped the shark---the one jockeyed by Jeff Bezos.
Cycling Blindly In Chartland
Wall Street's beer-goggle induced complacency is not simply a matter of eager-beaver optimism or an excessively short-term focus on the meme of the day.
Yield Shock On Wall Street, Conservative Default In Washington
Pricing for perfection when the pillars of prosperity are being crushed in Washington - that's folly with malice aforethought.
Your Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - More On The Donald's MAGA Delusions And Others
The individual tax rate cuts, credits and 20% deduction for business income in the GOP tax bill cost upwards of $200 billion per year, but were written in disappearing ink. Donald now thinks it would be swell if they were made permanent.
The Delusions Of MAGA And The Return Of Honest Bond Yields, Part 4
As bond yields march relentlessly higher, corporate earnings are going to be hammered by rising interest expense - even as C-suites and boards get called to account for having borrowed trillions in order to feed financial engineering payments.
Sell The Rips---The Delusions Of MAGA, Part 3
Since the election, inflation-adjusted paychecks have gone nowhere and almost anything else you can name business investment, employment and even real GDP continue to slog along in the tepid "recovery" channel that has prevailed since 2010.
The Delusions Of MAGA, Part 2
The US economic expansion is not roaring; it's still stumbling into debt-ridden old age---fixing to be battered by another round of collapsing financial bubbles and payback for growth stolen from the future.
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