Millennials and Consumer Debt

I firmly believe that debt is the greatest risk that consumers, businesses and governments face right now. From my viewpoint all three groups are overextend but it hasn’t stopped them. They keep racking up more and more debt while seemingly oblivious to the consequences. I’ve written a lot of articles about debt and today I have another one for you. At the end of the day, the increase in debt doesn’t have to continue. It can stop today and it starts with you saying enough is enough. Continue reading “Millennials and Consumer Debt”

Is Your Net Worth Average?

One of my most read and most popular blog posts I’ve written was about the average retirement account size by age group. Instead of just looking at retirement accounts, I want to look at total net worth as well as debt. In 2011 the US Census Department took their latest gauge of Americans net worth as well as their debt levels. Even though the census bureau collected this information right after one of the worst recessions in US history, I still believe the results are worth looking at. Continue reading “Is Your Net Worth Average?”

Brick and Mortar Stores Continue to Suffer

More good news to go along with June jobs report, June retail sales went up 0.6% in June. Although May sales were revised down to only a 0.2% increase. In essence May was a terrible month and June was an awesome month. Combine the two and we get two average months. The reports could always be worse than average. But this article isn’t just about sales increasing again or another rant about wanting these numbers to be separated by what was spent by credit versus cash. Instead I want to look at the continued decline of brick and mortar sales. Continue reading “Brick and Mortar Stores Continue to Suffer”

Consumer Spending Continues to Rise

According to Reuters consumer spending increased by 0.4 percent in May and 1.1 percent in April. This strong consumer spending has led the Atlanta Federal Reserve to raise their second quarter spending growth expectations from 4.1 percent to 4.3 percent on an annual basis. Most would consider this good news since our economy is so heavily dependent on consumer spending. I have a major concern though. Continue reading “Consumer Spending Continues to Rise”