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A Perfect Storm for TOL

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / September 29, 2014

A Flawed Model

The home building model is flawed. Endless urban sprawl with little rectangular lots is simply not meeting the demands of the changes in demographics, job locations and life styles of a different generation of users.

Among the public [...]

The Number One Thing That Women Are Looking For In A Husband

endoftheamericandream.com / by Michael Snyder on September 24th, 2014

Is it looks? Is it a charming personality? Is it compatibility? No, it isn’t any of those things. According to a Pew Research Center study that was just released on Wednesday, “a steady job” is the number one thing that women are looking for in a [...]

U.S. National Debt Surges $1 Trillion In Just 12 Months … Meanwhile FOMC “Tweaks” Wording

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / 17 September 2014

The U.S. financial position continues to deteriorate badly and in the last 12 months has increased by over $1 trillion dollars.

Nick Laird of Sharelynx has just reproduced his fascinating and timely chart showing the US debt limit, the actual US debt and the gold [...]

Unemployment Crisis Irony: You Must Have a Job to Get a Job

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / September 4, 2014

The somewhat peculiar results of the Challenger Labor Shortage Survey showed that 77% of the approximately 100 human resources executives polled said their companies were having difficulty filling open positions due to a shortage of available talent. And 45% said they were having a [...]

Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

mauldineconomics.com / JOHN MAULDIN / AUGUST 27, 2014

Paul Krugman and other notables dismiss the notion of a skills gap, though employers continue to claim they’re having trouble finding workers with the skills they need. And if you look at the evidence one way, Krugman et al. are right. But this week an [...]

Europe: Is the Deepening Crisis Coming to a Head?

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / August 21, 2014

Nobel economists say policy blunders pushing Europe into depression … German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends eurozone and says it is hard to manage a currency for 18 states … Professor Joseph Stiglitz said austerity policies had been a ‘disastrous [...]

“Mission Accomplished” for Yellen, Draghi and Abe?

acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / August 21, 2014

The Advantages of a Celtic Temperament

We are doing a quick tour of Britain and Ireland, catching up on business. No time to write much this morning… We need to rush to a plane.

The weather, generally, is terrible. Cold. Windy. Rainy. It [...]

Job = Just Over Broke

theeconomiccollapseblog.com / By Michael Snyder / August 12th, 2014

If you are fortunate enough to have a job in America today, the phrase “just over broke” probably describes you. Yes, there are a handful of jobs that certainly pay very well, but most Americans that work for somebody else are just barely making [...]

Here’s Why Wages Might Rise Despite Millions of Unemployed Being Available for Work

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014

Tragically, the inability of our institutions to impart the skills required by the emerging economy hobble not just the unemployed but employers.

A reader recently offered a compelling reason why total compensation costs (wages plus benefits/payroll taxes) could rise even in a [...]

Fed Study Finds 2 million in “Forced Retirement”, 52% Cannot Afford an Unexpected $400 Expense

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:20 PM

I have talked about “forced retirement” 174 times over the course of the past few years.

I defined the term as those who retired because they had to, not because they wanted to.

Why might they have to? Easy. If [...]

Meet “McCashier” Your $15.00 Per Hour McDonald’s Worker Replacement

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / August 07, 2014

Sure. You can make $15 an hour at McDonald’s, at least in Seattle. You just have to perform better than this machine.

But if you are not more cost effective that that machine, then not only do you not make $15, you do not [...]

“The Rebels Attacked Our Camp… and Started Shooting at Our Helicopter”

acting-man.com / Bill Bonner / July 23, 2014

Rebel Attack in the Congo

“The rebels attacked our camp. We had to make a run for it. The government troops, who were supposed to be guarding us, ran too.”

“‘Musungu! Musungu!’ I heard them yelling. A ‘musungu’ is a white person. They [...]

Job Hiring Far Below Pre-Lehman Levels As Yellen’s Favorite Labor Metric Redlining

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/08/2014 10:32

There was some good news in the JOLTS report released earlier today, mostly in the form of the Job Openings category which surged from 4,464K in April to 4.635K in May, well above the 4350K expected and the highest print since 2007 (granted the [...]

92 Million Americans Unemployed As Many As Millions Illegal Immigrants Heading For Us Border. Guess What I Was Just Told? The Economy Is Getting Better. WTF?

investmentwatchblog.com / July 4th, 2014

Record Number of Americans Not in Labor Force in June

(CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans 16 and older who did not participate in the labor force climbed to a record high of 92,120,000 in June, according to data from the [...]

Only Half Of Office Space Vacated Since Lehman Has Been Reoccupied

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/01/2014 14:19

One would think that with the economy, allegedly, growing at above-trend rates as Goldman has wagered for the second time in 4 years (the first time Hatzius was dead wrong), with jobs being added at what the BLS would have the market believe is [...]

There is Work After Death

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / July 1, 2014

Dropping Dead from Stress

People die from all sorts of things, often quite unexpectedly. Shoot-outs in the middle of a ceasefire in the Donbass, crucifixion or beheading by the “Islamic State” in some desert backwater in Iraq, or that widely underestimated killer known as “falling [...]

Pending Home Sales Jump In May; Drop YoY For 8th Month In A Row

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 06/30/2014 10:10

Pending home sales surged by 6.1% MoM in May; this is the largest jump since April 2010 (when first-time buyers scrambled to sign contracts before tax credits expired. However, exuberant spike aside, this is the 8th month in a row of a year-over-year drop in home [...]

The Austerity Diaries: If You Don’t Have a Job, Make One Up

theorganicprepper.ca / Daisy Luther / June 13, 2014

With unemployment rates skyrocketing, going out and finding a new job can be nigh on to impossible these days. This is only going to get trickier as the government continues to force businesses to increase the minimum wage. Workloads that used to provide employment to [...]

The High Cost of Minimum Wages

mises.org / by Benjamin M. Wiegold / Friday, May 30, 2014

In Switzerland on May 18 there was a vote to establish a minimum wage rate at a world record $25 an hour: the vote was rejected overwhelmingly as an estimated 76 percent voted against it.

As USA Today reported, [...]

Debt Rattle May 29 2014: The New Normal is Negative

theautomaticearth.com / by Raúl Ilargi Meijer / May 29, 2014

No, the nonsense will not stop, and neither will the torture. At least 5 years into the alleged recovery, US GDP contracted by -1% in Q1 2014, down from last month’s estimate of a 0.1% growth. Why? It’s still the weather, say the “experts”. But [...]