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Recovery at risk as Americans raid savings

Posted in Consumer Debt, Debt Collapse, Economy, Retirement, Unemployment on January 18, 2012 by JT

By Jilian Mincer

and Jonathan SpicerPosted 2012/01/17 at 12:13 am EST

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2012 (Reuters) — More than four years after the United States fell into recession, many Americans have resorted to raiding their savings to get them through the stop-start economic recovery.

Vernon Tites, an out-of-work contractor from San Francisco, looks for jobs online at the Employment Development Department of California service office in San Francisco January 6, 2012. In an ominous sign for America’s economic growth prospects, workers are paring back contributions to college funds and growing numbers are borrowing from their retirement accounts.

Some policymakers worry that a recent spike in credit card usage could mean that people, many of whom are struggling on incomes that have lagged inflation, are taking out new debt just to meet the costs of day-to-day living.

American households “have been spending recently in a way that did not seem in line with income growth. So somehow they’ve been doing that through perhaps additional credit card usage,” Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said on Friday.

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via NewsDaily: Insight: Recovery at risk as Americans raid savings.

via NewsDaily: Insight: Recovery at risk as Americans raid savings.

Young people using ‘no stigma’ solution of insolvency as record numbers are hit by the crippling cost of living

Posted in Consumer Debt on December 31, 2011 by JT

Young people addicted to the ‘have now, pay later’ culture, or who cannot cope with the crippling cost of living, are being plunged into insolvency in record numbers, official figures revealed yesterday.

The shocking figures, from the Government’s Insolvency Service, said more young people are taking out a new type of insolvency than any other age group.

Since the Debt Relief Order was introduced in April 2009, one in four have been taken out by a young person between the age of 25 and 34.

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via Young people using ‘no stigma’ solution of insolvency as record numbers are hit by the crippling cost of living | Mail Online.

Re-Defaults Flood Foreclosure Inventory

Posted in Consumer Debt, Debt Collapse, Real Estate, Real Estate Bubble on December 7, 2011 by JT

Nearly half, 45 percent, of October foreclosure starts were redefaults—mortgages which had previously defaulted and were modified unsuccessfully either by the lender or the federal government. About 105,000 redefaults increased total foreclosure starts in October to 232,865, 11.5 percent more than the level of a year ago.

These double losers are flooding the foreclosure inventory at a time when foreclosure sales are so slow that starts outnumber sales by a factor of three to one. The national foreclosure inventory hit an all-time high at the end of October of 4.29 percent of all active mortgages. Some 3.9 million loans are delinquent 90 days or more or in foreclosure, according to Lender Processing Services’ November Mortgage Monitor. LPS also reported that processing has slowed to point that the average foreclosure takes 632 days to process and sell.

The result is a huge inventory of empty homes that is still growing faster than it can be absorbed by the marketplace despite fewer defaults. The very existing of this glut of foreclosed properties, even if they are not yet listed for sale, depresses local home values and delays the housing recovery. Even as overall defaults have declined by about 30 percent, redefaults have increased this year, from about 32 percent of all defaults in January, increasing the foreclosure inventory with modification failures.

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Gold and Silver Selloff: Bull Market Technical Correction or Route?

Posted in Articles by J.A. Thompson, Austrian Economics, Consumer Debt, Debt Collapse, Dollar, Economy, Federal Reserve, Gold, Politics, Stock Market, Technical Analysis on September 23, 2011 by JT

by J.A. Thompson

September 23rd, 2011

Will this weeks precious metals blood bath present an opportunity for metals bulls to accumulate at bargain prices? Have the precious metals markets topped, and it’s now time to cash out?

It looks like we are in the midst of a much overdue technical correction, which will lay the foundation for the next leg up in the long, powerful mid-stage bull market in gold and silver that began around the years 2000-2001. It’s at stomach churning times like this when volatility spikes (VIX) to new near term highs and fear rules the day; I take a moment to remind myself that secular bull markets typically run in 18-20 year cycles. Lest you need reminding, this time it’s a secular bull market in commodities, bolstered by a massive government bubble and untenable levels of government and consumer debt, multiple rounds of Quantitative Easing and an utter lack of political willingness to honestly address the fiscal realities. This Keynesian induced, Central Bank enabled western government bubble is bursting worldwide…and it’s bringing most of the worlds fiat currencies(they are all fiat) to their knees. The fundamentals of this precious metals bull market have never been more intact.

Volatile precious metals markets frequently induce participants into cowering in their underground bunkers. Fear not bunker dwellers! Welcome this healthy technical correction, the precious metals had a phenomenal off season run up this summer. Certainly the oversold Dollar was due for a much needed rally in the near term. The recent extreme volatility in precious metals is merely a symptom of the temporary global flight to “safety” out of the Euro(as holders of Euro’s flee their collapsing currency) and into the almost equally unsafe Dollar. The question is: When all fiat houses are burning, where will the market look for safety in the long run? Gold and Silver.

Now is one of those particularly sweet opportunities during a bull market to exchange those suddenly more valuable fiat Federal Reserve Notes(FRN’s) for sound money! I intend to act quickly when the blood bath appears to have subsided, because the opportunity to spend those more valuable FRN’s to accumulate gold and silver at a discount will likely be fleeting! Watch and wait until confirmation a reversal is underway, and the market resumes the bullish trend for a few days before jumping back in for the next leg up!

I expect a powerful move up in gold that will likely test previous levels of resistance this fall. Look for the strength of the fall buying season in India, the ongoing debt collapse in the EU (Greece and Italy), and the FED’s Operation TWIST (flooding the economy with counterfeit money) to drive the price of gold to $2000 or beyond before the end of the year. Enjoy the thrill of capturing a deal…

10/8/11 Update:

Both the gold and silver markets appeared to be forming a base of support during the last week of trading.  If a bottom has effectively formed, we may see a nice rebound in both gold and silver in the coming weeks.

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Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilizing methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

Poverty In America: A Special Report

Posted in Consumer Debt, Economy, Unemployment, Welfare State on September 21, 2011 by JT

Poverty In America: A Special Report.

College Education: The Largest Scam in U.S. History

Posted in Consumer Debt, Educaton Bubble, Unemployment on September 21, 2011 by JT

College Education: The Largest Scam in U.S. History.

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