Consumer Spending and Personal Income

Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity. PCE is a reliable indication of inflation because it is calculated from data acquired directly from the GDP report and businesses. We see where consumers are spending their dollars, whether it be durable and nondurable goods, or …

Income Gaps: It’s About Who You Work For

As the never-ending debate regarding income inequality remains at a gridlock, perhaps it’s time to shift our focus from an individual and consumer level, to a company level. As we can see from the first graph in the series of graphs below, the 90th percentile of the largest 500 companies have increased their market share dramatically. While we have seen …

Investing in the Government for Big Returns

Imagine having an investment portfolio in which you contribute $500 every month, like it is taken straight from your paycheck. Now, throughout the course of the year, this portfolio grows 450% to a total value of $33,400. That’s something to brag about! These are the numbers from the bottom 20% of tax filer’s net income tax rate. On average, the …

The Middle Class is Growing

As the political season has begun and the debates are heating up, we have heard more and more about the mystery of a vanishing ‘Middle Class’. Though we have yet to hear who or what is defined as the ‘Middle Class’, we have been sufficiently reassured that it is both incredibly important and that the state of our economy rests …

And You Thought Credit Cards Were Bad?

In an effort to make college more affordable, the Federal Government first made it easier to get a loan. This program has been so incredibly popular, that we now have amassed over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. Now that we have all these educated students, they should be that much smarter that they have higher incomes to pay back …

Blame Baby Boomers for Stagnant Income

Between 2009 and 2014, 5.5 million people retired in America – the largest number ever seen across a five year period and more than double the five year period preceding it. That’s 5.5 million peak-earners leaving the workforce. The problem with the popular median household income statistic is that it is an aggregate stat based on granular data. Data changes …