The Sub-Prime Economy: Students, Car Buyers and Retail Stores
Growing Sub-Prime Population
In this 28 minute video Gordon T Long and Charles Hugh Smith discuss through the aid of 23 slides the growing sub-prime population in America. It is getting little attention as more and more citizens are effectively being squeezed into the category that was once termed 'sub-prime' but which is now simply the US Economy.
The biggest increases in credit are coming the areas least able to afford increased debt levels, who see themselves as having no other survival choice in modern day America..
Students & Their Parents
Increasing Number Of Car Buyers
Retail Store Chains
Breadwinner Economy Failing
The little discussed truth is that fewer and fewer jobs today actually pay a "breadwinner's" salary. 48% of all new jobs being created in America now pay less than $24K/Annum GROSS. Even with both spouses working the numbers don't add up when rents are 1500/Mo, Day Care $1000/Mo and car payments for two cars to commute to fewer jobs are minimally over $500/Mo. Then there are 3 levels of taxes, fees, licenses etc and exploding food, gas, utility, health and education costs. It is any wonder America is now accelerating deeper into a sub-prime economy?
The problem during the 2008 crisis was sub-prime mortgages which sent shock waves through the Shadow Banking System. A system based on borrowing short and lending long. Today the Shadow Banking system is feeding off Student Loans, Car Loans and REITS. All are being securitized, repackaged and bundled through the Shadow Banking System. Like mortgages prior to the financial crisis, it was delinquencies which started to rise which imploded the system. This is a show which is soon coming once again returning to a theater near you!!
Video: The Sub-Prime Economy: Students, Car Buyers and Retail Stores
with Charles Hugh Smith & Gordon T Long
28 Minutes, 23 Slides
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