Ten Threats to America’s Real Estate Market

The question to ask is not will the real-estate bubble burst, but when and how will it burst. There are many things that can pop the bubble, but 10 threats to the real estate market stand out.

Read more

Costco Defies the Odds

Costco has one thing in common with Amazon, it is a very cash rich company. On February 28, 2017 it reported $4.976 billion in cash from operations, $2.384 billion in in net income and $5.965 billion in cash and short-term investments. This was in spite of a free cash flow of -$23 million and a profit margin of 1.73%.

Read more

Six Things about the US Economy that should scare you to Death

The Public Pension Crisis. State and local governments across the nation have accumulated $4.798 trillion in pension obligations, but they have only $3.607 to cover the promises to employees, The Hoover Institution calculated. That means they will have to come up with $1.91 trillion, and the most likely place it will come from is cutting basic government services.

Read more

How Donald Trump will Make Income Inequality Worse

At the end of the day; Donald J. Trump will only make income inequality worse and set the stage for more class warfare. Hopefully his failure; like Hoover’s, will lead to real solutions rather than cheap populism and failed policies.

Read more

Goldman Sachs Proves Wall Street is Not Dead Yet

A glance at Goldman Sachs’ financial numbers shows us that Wall Street and investment banking are still tremendous money making machines.

Read more

Starbucks the Value in the Coffee

America’s favorite coffee shop has reported revenue growth for the last 34 quarters; since September 2011, according to ycharts.

Starbucks reported revenues of $20.52 billion on June 30, 2016; just one year earlier it reported $18.43 billion in revenues. That adds up to $2.09 billion in revenue growth in year at a time when competitors like McDonald’s are struggling to maintain their market share.

Read more

The Incredibly Shrinking Middle Class, Shrinks Some More

Pew reported that the middle class shrank significantly in nine out of 10 of the American cities it studied in May 11, 2016 press release. The Center’s disturbing findings are a follow up to an earlier study in which Pew’s researchers concluded: “The shrinking of the middle class at the national level, to the point where it may no longer be the economic majority in the U.S.”

Read more

Urban Revival Might Not be for Real

The most logical answers seem to be gentrification and income inequality. Gentrification is increasing housing costs in many urban areas, making them unaffordable for a lot of people. The average rent in Brooklyn was $2,723.46 a month in March 2016, according to MNS real estate.

Read more

Are Malls Really Doomed?

That cherished and reviled American institution known as the shopping mall is facing the greatest crisis in its history. Many

Read more

Is Rent-A-Center Doomed or a Value Investment?

Income inequality is definitely increasing Rent-A-Center’s customer base, but it is not helping the company make any money. Instead, its latest earnings report from December 31, 2015, tells a tale of impending disaster.

Read more