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  • Wealth implosion: It's not just housing

    06/21/2012 6:18:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 06/19/12 | Tami Luhby
    Wealth implosion: It's not just housing By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney June 19, 2012: 2:32 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Americans' net worth collapsed in recent years, but don't blame the housing market for it all. A CNNMoney analysis of new Census Bureau data shows that if you strip out the effects of the housing collapse, median household net worth still fell by 25% between 2005 and 2010. The decline was driven largely by the plummeting stock market, which devastated Americans' portfolios and retirement accounts. Overall, median household net worth declined 35% to $66,740 in 2010. The median worth of...
  • Gray Matter: How Depressives Surf the Web

    06/17/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 83 replies
    The New York Times / NYTimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2012 | By SRIRAM CHELLAPPAN and RAGHAVENDRA KOTIKALAPUDI
    IN what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications — from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Enlarge This Image Brian Cronin We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being. In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who...
  • Carney’s Corner: 'The worst recession since the Great Depression' (video)

    06/12/2012 2:28:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/12/12 | Grae Stafford
    Jay Carney holds the position of White House press secretary — a job considered by many to be one of the hardest and most demanding in any administration. It has been held by such illustrious figures as Dana Perino, Ari Fleischer, Dee Dee Myers and, back in President Bill Clinton’s day, one George Robert Stephanopoulos. As press secretary, the job is to be an administration’s public face, and words must be chosen carefully, because the slightest misstep can come back to haunt both the representative and the administration. So, to help out during this election season, The Daily Caller will...
  • Paul Krugman: Economy under Obama in a Depression

    06/11/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/11/12 | Charlie Spiering
    Economist Paul Krugman had bad news for liberals Netroots Nation on Saturday. During his keynote speech the New York Times columnist admitted that the United States economy was suffering a depression. "We don't have a formal definition, I'd say that a Depression is when things are down, when things are terrible for an extended period of time," Krugman said, reminding them that were even "official" periods of recovery during the Great Depression. "So it is again today," he said. "It's not as bad as the Great Depression - there's a winning slogan," he added cynically.
  • Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression

    06/09/2012 9:30:09 AM PDT · by djone · 80 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 6/8/12 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    "And you thought it was bad now... Since the onset of the recession in 2007, pundits have compared the crisis to the Great Depression of the 1930s - but this week's release of 1,000 photographs from that bygone era serves as a reminder of how truly harsh that period was. "
  • Why the Job Numbers Are So Bad(Recovery Unemployment: 4/5 is a Drop in Labor Force Participation)

    05/28/2012 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 May 2012 | Peter Morici
    The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent because another 522,000 adults quit looking for work and are no longer counted. In the weakest recovery since the Great Depression more than four-fifths of the reduction in unemployment has been accomplished by a dropping adult labor force participation rate—essentially, persuading adults they don’t need a job, or the job they could find is not worth having. In the first quarter, growth slowed to 2.2 percent and was largely sustained by consumers taking on more debt, and additions to business inventory. Gains in manufacturing production have not instigated stronger improvements in employment largely...
  • 2013 coming tax increases (does this math look correct?)

    05/11/2012 10:10:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    me ^ | 5-11-12 | TurboZamboni
    By allowing the 2003 Bush tax cuts to retire, taxes will be increasing the bottom rate from 10% to 15% and the 20% bracket to 25%.   is this math correct? :    Raising the 10% bracket to 15% represents what percentage of increase? (Hint: The correct answer is NOT 5%)To those moving from the 10% bracket to 15%, their taxes will be increased by 50%!!   Raising the 20% bracket to 25% represents what percentage of increase? (Hint: The correct answer, again, is NOT 5%)it's s a full-blown 25% increase in taxes   Finally, raising the 35% bracket to...
  • Rising US recession risk poses the real threat to Europe

    05/20/2012 4:43:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/20/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US economy has slowed to stall speed. A few lonely forecasters fear that America has already fallen back into recession, replicating the terrible double-dip of 1937. Obama's intended success? The Philly Fed’s manufacturing index dropped suddenly to minus 5.8 in May. The US Conference Board’s index of leading indicators fell in April. Job creation has slipped from 250,000/month to nearer 130,000 in March and April. The Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) says post-War personal income growth in the US has never been this weak for three months in a row without triggering a recession. It has happened ten out...
  • What Happens When the World Economy “Goes Japan”

    05/16/2012 4:52:50 PM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies
    dailyreckoning ^ | By Bill Bonner
    The Dow sinking.Gold sinking.Oil sinking.Copper sinking.Yields sinking.  We struggled with this, Dear Reader. We meditated. We prayed. We drank heavily.And finally…we overcame the rank desire to say: “We told you so!”As you know, Martin Wolf, of The Financial Times, is the voice of The Economics Establishment. All that is great and good in the field — which isn’t very much — is given voice by Wolf. Then, it is acceptable for policymakers, Treasury ministers, and central bankers, not to mention the people you talk to at cocktail parties.And lo! Here cometh the neo-Keynesian economist. What saith he?He says the world...
  • Correction Fighting: How Feds Prolong Economic Depressions

    05/16/2012 2:50:32 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 5-16-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Correction Fighting: How Feds Prolong Economic Depressions By Bill Bonner05/16/12 Baltimore, Maryland – “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate farmers, liquidate real estate… it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.” — Andrew Mellon Down, down, down… Oil is at a 5-month low. Russian stocks are 20% below their high. Commodities are back to 2010 levels. Everything is going down. Even gold. Wait a minute. Since we...
  • The All-Important Question, Are Major Economies in Recovery?

    05/15/2012 8:10:37 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    TMO ^ | 5-15-2012 | David Galland
    The All-Important Question, Are Major Economies in Recovery? Economics / Global Economy May 15, 2012 - 04:58 PM By: David Galland David Galland, Casey Research writes: For pretty much everyone, no matter where they are located in the economic strata, few if any questions are more germane to making plans for the future than whether the US and other major global economies are in recovery. Getting the answer to that question right is of special importance to investors and businesses. Stating the obvious, if the broader economy really is in recovery, then investors would be well served by investing in...
  • Flashback: Bill O'Reilly: What Presidents Obama and Carter Do Not Understand

    05/02/2012 9:42:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | September 16, 2011 | Bill O'Reilly
    You don't see much of President Carter these days. At 86, he keeps a rather low profile. But he does believe Barack Obama will win re-election next year, even though he seems to understand that Mr. Obama is in deep trouble. In fact, Carter believes the president is facing the same dilemma he did: JIMMY CARTER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Sen. Ted Kennedy had decided to run against me, and some of the more liberal Democrats didn't want to see me have successes. So I experienced a little bit of what President Obama experiences every day; that is...
  • Obama Spam (3 in one day!) + bonus [Barf Alert]

    04/30/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 5 replies
    Obama spam email | 04/30/2012 | Obama Spam
    The first 3 are from today, the bonus is from yesterday. Maybe, it is a sign of desperation? I hope.First: [sucker] - I've been getting a ton of questions about the George Clooney contest -- what are the odds? Will you pick my mom? Can staff win? (For the last time, the answer's no.) Honestly, I really don't care who wins unless you're talking about Election Day. But if you're counting the hours to when the winners are picked, I won't judge -- and congrats if you're one of them. What I'm counting is how many people step up between...
  • U.S. GDP Miss Far Bigger Than Announced, Real GDP Is 0%

    04/29/2012 2:37:08 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-29-2012 | Mike Shedlock
    U.S. GDP Miss Far Bigger Than Announced, Real GDP Is 0% Housing-Market / US Economy Apr 29, 2012 - 10:21 AM By: Mike Shedlock The Advance Estimate for Q1 GDP came in at 2.2%, down from 3.0% in the previous quarter, and below most mainstream media estimates of 2.5%. However, my friend BC notes .... The GDP deflator is reported to have averaged 1.2% annualized in the past 2 qtrs. Had the trend rate from '11 persisted, the deflator would have subtracted 2.6% annualized from real GDP, resulting in a 2-qtr. growth of real GDP of 0%. ECRI's Achuthan would...
  • Economic Nostradamus: We Are Literally Witnessing A Collapse

    04/28/2012 10:36:01 AM PDT · by blam · 50 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4-28-2012 | Mac Salvo
    Economic Nostradamus: We Are Literally Witnessing a Collapse Mac Slavo April 27th, 2012 With the Presidential election cycle in full swing our incumbent administration, the media, and their financial pundits continue to maintain that the US economy’s green shoots have blossomed into fields of golden sunflowers. Despite what we’re being told, however, the actual data tells a stunningly different story. Richard Yamarone, a senior economist for Bloomberg Brief, has been called an economic Nostradamus for his prescient forecasting of the 2008 financial crisis, and now he’s warning that the worst is not over. In a recent interview with King World...
  • The Incredible UK Economic Catastrophe Chart That Everyone Is Talking About (Great Depression)

    04/25/2012 10:14:46 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-25-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Incredible UK Economic Catastrophe Chart That Everyone Is Talking About Joe Weisenthal Apr. 25, 2012, 10:25 AM Well, everyone is dumping on the UK today after that dismal Q1 GDP number, which confirms that the country has gone into double dip. David Cameron is taking a lot of heat for two reasons: The GDP stallout occurred right after he took office. He continues to be in denial, and so he's bragging a ton about low interest rates. Now here's another chart that everyone is tweeting, and which Paul Krugman has just posted. The UK recovery is now doing WORSE...
  • Did Bernanke Prevent Another Great Depression?

    04/22/2012 11:06:22 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-22-2012 | Frank Shostak
    Did Bernanke Prevent Another Great Depression? Politics / US Economy April 22, 2012 - 07:02 AM By: Frank Shostak In a lecture given at George Washington University on March 27, 2012, the chairman of the Fed said that the US central bank's aggressive response to the 2007–2009 financial crisis and recession helped prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Various economic indicators were showing ominous signs at the time. After closing at 3.1 percent in September 2007, the yearly rate of growth of industrial production fell to minus 14.8 percent by June 2009. The yearly rate of growth of housing starts fell from...
  • The Anatomy Of Sovereign Debt Default

    04/17/2012 9:41:26 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-17-2012 | Michael Pento
    The Anatomy Of Sovereign Debt Default Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012 Apr 17, 2012 - 12:47 PM By: Michael Pento The three primary factors that determine the interest rate level a nation must pay to service its debt in the long term are; the currency, inflation and credit risks of holding the sovereign debt. All three of those factors are very closely interrelated. Even though the central bank can exercise tremendous influence in the short run, the free market ultimately decides whether or not the nation has the ability to adequately finance its obligations and how high interest rates...
  • I'm Worried

    04/14/2012 6:25:51 AM PDT · by Shane · 11 replies
    Cumberland Advisors ^ | 4/8/12 | David Kotok
    A note to readers. This 2000-word commentary is a longer-term view; think in terms of years, not months or days. The essay is not in conflict with the fully invested position currently held at Cumberland. The words reflect my personal thinking only. Some of my colleagues disagree. In my personal view, the future is uncertain (of course) and may be unattractive for the longer-term outlook. In my view, our American political system is failing us. In my view, we are joining the list of declining world powers. The framework to support that argument follows. "The external menace ‘You'll end up...
  • The Drudge-Romney axis . . .

    01/28/2012 12:19:22 AM PST · by dixiechick2000 · 102 replies
    The Damn Dirty Rino ^ | October 4, 2011 | Walt
    . . . of online media manipulation isn’t exactly new. In fact, it goes back well before Romney’s 2008 campaign got underway in earnest. It seems to date back to sometime in 2005, when RNC operatives arranged a meeting between Matt Drudge and Matt Rhodes — a highly placed operative in the Romney organization. Last year, a delegation of RNC officials flew to Miami Beach, where Drudge lives, for a dinner at the Forge steakhouse to introduce the Internet maven to Matt Rhodes, the party’s new opposition research director. Due to Drudge’s now-close friendship with Romney’s chief aide and longtime...