Posts Tagged ‘costs’

“As the Financial Times reported yesterday, more than 1 million U.S. consumers are ‘at least two months behind on car loan repayments,’ noting that the delinquency rate in the $1.1 trillion market hit its highest level since 2009. And that’s not just limited to subprime borrowers. That figure includes everyone with a U.S. car loan….

The financial Times also cites, ‘Delinquencies on credit cards also rose by about the same amount over the period to 1.79% – the highest since 2011. The rise in bad loans comes despite persistently low borrowing costs and unemployment levels – suggesting lenders may be letting consumers take on bigger debt burdens than they can handle.

Lending to consumers with weak credit scores has been one of the fastest-growing parts of the industry. Still, the increased delinquency levels follow a period of rapid expansion and could be a natural consequence of that growth. Separate figures published on Thursday by the New York Federal Reserve showed the total amount of debt held by American households rose last year at the fastest clip since 2007.'” -Porter Stansberry

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“Many Americans – average folks working to build a comfortable life – assume the ‘rich’ have a secret.  It seems they know something about ‘how the world works’ that the rest of us don’t….  It turns out, the wealthy do harbor a secret – three of them, in fact….  And these secrets not only build wealth, they allow you to use it to live the life that you want to live….

You don’t need to be rich, though.  You don’t need to pursue money at all costs.  But having financial stability gives you freedom.  Reducing stress improves your health.  And understanding how to manage your income makes for better relationships with your family and loved ones.

Tenet No. 1: Save Religiously.  Tenet No. 2: Invest for the Long Term.  Tenet No. 3: Obsess About Risk

Only by following all three of these tenets can you successfully set yourself free from living paycheck to paycheck.  If you were to find folks with enough cash to live how they’d want to live, you’d find almost all of them followed these tenets.” -David Eifrig

“Debt is dangerous when you don’t understand it….  What is dangerous is not understanding the costs, terms, and risks of debt.” -Mark Ford

“Japan recently announced it was implementing a negative interest rate.  The central banks of Denmark, Norway, and the European Union are already using negative interest rates.  And last week, Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve, said the Fed is considering it, too….  A negative interest rate means the price of money is below zero….  So why are central banks setting negative interest rates?  They’re experimenting.  They hope negative interest rates will lead people to spend more, and borrow more, and invest more.  They hope negative interest rates will lead to economic growth.  Why?  Because if it costs you to keep your money in the bank, you’ll have more incentive to take your money out and spend it.” -Tom Dyson

A resource you have built and control is worth more than a resource someone else maintains and loans to you.  This seems obvious and logical.  But, it is much easier to simply rely on someone else who has already built it than to grow it yourself.  Consider long term costs when considering how you develop your money reserve.

Living Costs

Posted: July 2, 2014 in Economics
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“Underestimating the cost of living doesn’t help Americans afford good and services.” -Bill Bonner