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12 March 2015

Visualizing How the Things You Own, End Up Owning You

Due to the popularity of the visualizing how your stuff owns you post from several weeks ago, I thought it would be beneficial if I documented exactly how I use a simple monthly calendar and a few personal finance metrics to visually represent how many hours, days, even weeks, I had to work in order […]

3 August 2011

Fake Prosperity: U.S. National Debt Growth vs. GDP Growth

If you’re a member of Gen X and Gen Y, this is probably the scariest chart you will see in 2011, and possibly, right up to the time you’re old and gray. As you can clearly see, the crony capitalism, fake prosperity, recycled Keynesianism memes et al., have been a great benefit to the U.S. economy… right […]

17 July 2011

The Hypocrisy of the Republican Debt Ceiling Debate

US Government Spending: Why the Republican Argument of “Obama is a Keynesian” Doesn’t Hold Water. ~ ~ ~ Being an idealist, I’m easily repulsed from any person/organization that I lose respect for. Case in point, the reason why I said goodbye to the Grand Old Party was because they’ve completely gone off the deep end […]

15 July 2011

Beware Those Who Say ‘This Market is Cheap’

Image Source: Chart of the Day If you’re an avid follower of the financial markets, no doubt you’ve heard a money manager make the claim that “this market is cheap” as a reason to get you, or keep you, invested in the stock market after it’s doubled from March 2009 to present. Truth is, that […]

19 June 2011

Delaying Foreclosure: 62 Years to Repossess New York Homes at Current Pace

  More troubling data on real estate and foreclosures as a whole from the NYT: In New York State, it would take lenders 62 years at their current pace, the longest time frame in the nation, to repossess the 213,000 houses now in severe default or foreclosure, according to calculations by LPS Applied Analytics, a […]

17 June 2011

S&P 500 Earnings Back to Credit Bubble Highs

Two years after making the observation that terrible earnings news was the time to buy (see first chart), it looks as if the billions of taxpayer dollars (via future earnings) have gotten corporate earnings back to credit bubble highs (see second chart). From May 18, 2009: An Index Fund Investor’s Dream: S&P 500 Earnings Nearing […]

31 May 2011

Case Shiller: Confirmation of the Double-Dip in Home Prices

As if we had any real doubt that U.S. real estate was FUBAR, but the March Case Shiller Index numbers did us a favor and confirmed what the smart money already knew. Too bad the Case Shiller model doesn’t take condos, bank owned real estate, short term prices, etc. Wouldn’t want to show chartology for […]

24 May 2011

Chartporn: Number of Days Foreclosed Homeowners Not Paying Their Mortgage

Legendary chartporn of this quality would almost make me ill had I not been so prepared for the smell of Castor Oil. From the article: This chart is really astounding. It shows the average number of days that homeowners with defaulted loans (NOD) have not made a mortgage payment. For New York, one of the […]

20 May 2011

Median Home Prices and The ‘Double Dip’

Image via Chart of the Day A 20 second scan of the headlines for the real estate tab on this blog will show you I’ve been bearish on U.S. real estate since this blog began several years ago, but I’m thinking it might be time to go from ultra bearish to neutral on select markets based […]

16 March 2011

Most Bank Lobbyists are Former Government Employees

As a former federal government employee, I know all too well how in demand we were because we knew “the ropes”. Private sector human resources management often drool over certain governmental employees because we, generally, know how the system works from the inside, have solid rapports with high pay grade shot callers, and know who […]

11 March 2011

Real Estate vs. Gold Ratio: Getting Closer to 1980s Low

Image Credit: Chart of the Day Being a chartporn aficionado, it’s hard to not to look at such a chart and wonder if precious metals and real estate markets from the late 1970s/early 1980s will do an encore. Real estate still has a long way to fall, in my opinion as well as many others […]

18 February 2011

Just How Far In Debt is the USA?

Fairly sobering stuff when forced to visualize the amount of money we don’t have to cover the promises we’ve already made. Guess no one told the “fiscal conservatives” in Congress that it would take the entire world’s GDP plus a few trillion more to meet our total debt and unfunded obligations. (Might help to disengage […]

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