Household Debt Ratios Quickly Sink to New Lows

Household Debt Ratios Quickly Sink to New Lows

Household debt ratios for the third-quarter plummeted to levels not seen in more than 40 years. The Financial Obligations Ration (FOR) dropped 100 basis points (bps) over the past year, while the Debt Service Ratio (DSR) has declined 72 bps since the third-quarter of 2019, based on figures released by the Federal Reserve. The sharp…

Consumer Confidence Calamity

Consumer Confidence Calamity Lurks Despite Dec Bump

Consumer confidence calamity rebounded a tad in early December with the prospects of a long-delayed stimulus package being passed before the holiday break, the beginning of COVID-19 immunizations and the U.S. Supreme Court and Electoral College finally squelching voter fraud claims propagated by extremists. However, the brief consumer confidence December bump is likely to be…

Coronavirus Disruptions

Coronavirus Disruptions Send Spending to the Abyss

Coronavirus disruptions to everyday life are spreading rapidly as fear and anxiety grip consumers, business-owners and investors. The amplification of misinformation via social media and governments has become a plague unto itself. For Americans the only “silver lining” is mortgage rates dropping to the lowest level since October 2016. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now…

Stable U.S. Economy

Stable U.S. Economy Likely to Hold till Election Day 2020

Stable U.S. economy is the word of the day. Barring unforeseen events like a global coronavirus plague, a Mid-East war, a successful impeachment or another shortage of Popeye’s chicken sandwiches, it appears the economy will continue to chug along at a heathy pace through the 2020 elections. Stable, or slightly increased, consumer confidence is the…

Robert McKinley Professor Cardworthy

Robert McKinley Resurrects Professor Cardworthy

Professor Cardworthy, the “Money Explainer” of all things financial, was resurrected by Senior Payments Analyst Robert McKinley, reprising his role first developed in 2007 as the actor in a series of 50 “Cardworthy” YouTube consumer instructional videos. The 2007 project was shelved while Mr. McKinley was in a cancer battle and later placed on hold…