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Household Net Worth Soars To Record High In 2021
The net worth of American households surged to a new all-time high in the first quarter of 2021, buoyed by a faster than expected recovery of the US economy from the COVID-19 recession.
When Does Our National Debt Create A Financial Crisis?
The president’s 10-year budget proposal shows federal budget deficits averaging $1.3 trillion a year or more for the next decade. That’s $13 trillion or more added to our debt over the next decade, ballooning it to $41 trillion or more.
Average American Pays $525,000 In Taxes Over Lifetime
The average American will pay $525,037 in taxes over their lifetime, according to a new study by financial technology company Self.
21 States Cancel $300/Week Unemployment Benefits
The average American on unemployment receives $387 per week from their state, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. With the boost of $300 from the federal government, this number rises to $687 per week.
State Winners & Losers From Census Bureau Redistricting
Several states saw their population shrink over the last decade, some saw their populations increase but most stayed about the same.
Why “Passive” Investing Is Now Riskier Than Ever
Over the last 25-30 years, we have seen a massive shift by investors away from “actively managed” mutual funds (and more recently Exchange Traded Funds) in favor of so-called “passively managed” funds and ETFs.
Business Startups Surging, Probably Not Why You Think
Americans are starting new businesses because they are out of a job and have no other choice but to generate an income that can support their families.
US Budget Deficit Hits $1 Trillion In Just 5 Months
The budget deficit for FY2019 was $1.1 trillion; then it exploded to a new record of $3.3 trillion in FY2020 according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Good News For Student Loans
A provision in the $1.9 trillion Biden package stipulated that going forward forgiven balances on student loans would not be treated as taxable income.
Stocks In Nosebleed Territory – Speculative Frenzy
There are numerous indicators professionals watch to gauge whether markets are approaching a major top or bottom. One of those indicators is how much new money is pouring into the market (or leaving it).
Green Energy Push Led To Massive Texas Blackouts
Over the last couple of decades, the state of Texas has spent tens of billions of dollars on wind turbines which often don’t work when millions of people desperately need electricity.
Latest Economic Reports Signal Strength… For Now
A look at a couple of economic reports over the last week that suggest the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession earlier this year continues to improve.
Record Gun Sales In 2020, Ammo Shortages Widespread
US gun sales hit a new record high in 2020 and based on January sales, gun purchases will easily eclipse that record in 2021. Nearly 23 million guns were legally sold in 2020, up a whopping 64% year over year.
IMF Hikes World Growth Forecast, Small Business Optimism Sinks
Any economic growth estimates you see right now and just ahead should be taken with a grain of salt.
Why A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea
The minimum wage in America is currently $7.25 per hour. It has been at that level since 2009.
Will We See A Recession In First-Half 2021?
There is not a lot of economic news so far in the New Year, but what we have seen is not encouraging.
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