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Category Archives: Economy & Markets

Something Is Wrong With the U.S. Economy

Over the last several months, we’ve seen a significant amount of encouraging US economic data. Most notable is the fact that consumer confidence ended last year at the highest level since 2007, and small business optimism was the highest since 2004. Both indexes have continued to rise this year. With confidence at these levels, one…

America’s $1.3 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis

Here are some quick facts you may not know about our exploding student loan crisis: Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt – and higher than both credit cards and auto loans. Let that sink in. There are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with…

Consumer Confidence Hits 16-Year High In March

US consumer confidence surged to a more than 16-year high in March amid growing labor market optimism. The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index soared 9.5 points to 125.6 this month, the highest reading since December 2000. Consumers’ assessment of both current business and labor market conditions improved sharply in March as well. They…

Fund Managers: Stocks Now Most Overvalued Since 2000

Professional fund managers now say US stocks are more overvalued today than they have been in nearly 20 years, according to a new survey done last week by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). The latest BAML survey found that a net 34% of fund managers now believe US equities are overvalued compared with other…

US Household Wealth Hits New Record High Near $93 Trillion

Today I have more encouraging news to report about the US economy and the financial well-being of American households, specifically. At the end of today’s post, I have some comments on yesterday’s much-expected interest rate hike by the Fed policy committee. A new report from the Federal Reserve released last week found that US household…