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Debt Trap

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Debt
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“You’re going to be a wage slave your whole life… You’ve got to borrow money to buy a house. You’ve got to borrow money to buy a car. You’ve got to borrow money to get a college degree. You’re trapped in this complete cycle.” -Porter Stansberry

Debt Death

Posted: February 16, 2018 in Debt
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“Americans also have more than $1 trillion in credit card debt, and more than $1 trillion in auto loan debt—all record highs.  It’s gotten so bad, 73% of Americans die with debt.” -Porter Stansberry


“Consumers now own a mountain of credit-card debt in excess of $1 trillion – the highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.  Meanwhile, the savings rate for consumers dropped to just 2.9% as of November, versus nearly 6% just two years ago. The only time Americans have been saving less than today was 1929-1931 – during the peak of the Great Depression.  In other words, Americans are borrowing more and saving less than virtually any time in history.  How long can that last?” -P.J. O’Rourke

“Debt is simply a way for you to own and control more than you can currently afford from your savings. When you take on debt, you are agreeing to use future earnings to pay for something you want now. In general, if it’s something consumed – like a car, clothes, or airplane tickets – all you’re doing is stealing from your future to satisfy your present desires or needs. Eventually, it will not work.” -David Eifrig


“Who did the most damage: Greenspan, Bernanke, or Yellen?…  When Mr. Greenspan took over at the Fed in August 1987, the government owed about $3 trillion… or about 40% of GDP.  Today, the national debt approaches $21 trillion – more than 100% of GDP.  Household and corporate debt levels have shown similar expansions. Overall, for the last 30 years, total (private and public) debt has grown about twice as fast as the economy that supports it….  And now, hundreds of millions of people depend on the EZ money economy created by Greenspan, Bernanke, and Yellen. Their jobs, their incomes, their investments, their retirements – all depend on keeping the fantasy alive.” -Bill Bonner

  • Despite the long bull market, more Americans today have more debt than money in the bank than at any point since 1962, according to Deutsche Bank.
  • American household savings levels are at levels last seen in December 2007… right before the economy slipped into a recession that spurred the global financial crisis.
  • And total U.S. consumer debt – credit cards, auto loans, and student loans – just surged by the most in two years to $3.8 trillion.
  • And government debt is creeping toward a $1 trillion deficit per year. The national debt has topped $20 trillion.


If these folks can’t save or make their payments in a strong economy… how will they do it when interest rates go up and the next inevitable recession hits?

The answer is that they won’t.

-Steve Longenecker