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Why Netflix is Your New Best Friend

To say that I like routine is an understatement. My lovely wife often says I’d eat the same meal every night and be happy. While that’s close to true, I’m

Life Cycle

What 2014 Demographic Trends Show About Urban Life

Demographic trends clearly show that as any emerging or more developed country urbanizes, people tend to have fewer kids. Urban life costs more and people tend to be more highly

Business Cycle

Geopolitical Cycle is Revving Up for Decline

It was late 2005 when I realized that the bubble I had predicted three years earlier just wasn’t expanding the way I thought it would. It was an unexpected development,

Purchasing Power

Add $180 to Your Wages

The report is in and the news is fantastic! According to the Census Bureau, in 2013, the inflation-adjusted median income in the U.S. soared from $51,759 to $51,959. Which brings

Cycles

What Cycles Reveal About Stocks and Crashes

You can’t compare favorable geopolitical cycles (such as the 1983 to 2000) to unfavorable cycles (2001 to 2019). It’s like comparing apples to oranges. A case in point is comparing

Purchasing Power

10 Things That Affect Your Purchasing Power

This might be considered “wonkish,” but it tells the story of how middle-class purchasing power has suffered since 2007. Recently, the Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances

Banking

Why Stalling Loans in Our Banking Economy is a Good Thing

Part of the story about subprime mortgages during the U.S. banking economy of the 1990s and 2000s centers on the Community Reinvestment Act — through which Congress required lending institutions

Housing Market

The Yuan and the Global Housing Market

China’s wealthy sector is looking for new countries in which to settle with their families and with their money. This emigration is the leading factor in the sky-high real estate prices

Economy

Yellen About the U.S. Economy and Your Money

After yesterday’s meeting of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC), Fed Chair Janet Yellen read a statement and gave a press conference. There were lots of reporters and many

Economy

Scottish Economy on the Rocks

Tomorrow, Scottish voters will determine if they separate from the United Kingdom. If the “yes” sweeps, it’ll reverse a union dating back to 1707. Few pundits are making positive comments