It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on inflation expectations in the market for treasury bonds ant T-Bills. However, with recent expansionary programs everywhere like, such as the program lovingly named Quantitative Easing 2.0. Let’s look at inflation expectations before, during rumors, and after the announcement (today…) buffered around the reports of US Fed Quantitative Easing.
It’s often mentioned that bringing lunch to work is one way to economize on our normal routines. Simply making a great amount of your food at home, especially when it comes to how you eat during the work day, is worth some huge amount of money annually which if only a person could find the motivation they would be marginally rich. Is that the truth? Probably not, but we here at DQYDJ want to tackle this conundrum for you anyway. Let’s assume you’re in and out of the workplace in a whopping 40 years and play with some numbers!
What did we learn? What surprised us? Well, the Republican wave was a real phenomenon, as we saw yesterday. CNN is projecting at this hour Republicans having 243 seats in the House of Representatives, vs. 192 Democratic seats (64 flips from Republican to Democratic). The Senate is too close to call in Alaska, Colorado, and Washington. Alaska’s Senator will caucus Republican whether Joe Miller or Lisa Murkowski wins. Assuming the Democratic Senate candidate in Washington or Colorado wins, Democrats will hold 52 seats in the Senate.
We figured we’d weigh in before the elections, just to get some of the estimates from various spots on paper as to what happens in the upcoming elections. The Senate is currently composed of 57 Democratic Party, 2 Independents caucusing with the Democratic Party, and 41 Republican Party Members. The House of Representatives is composed of 255 members of the Democratic Party, and 178 Republican Party Members. Republicans need to gain 10 seats to control the Senate, and the Vice President breaks ties in the chamber. Republicans need to gain 39 seats to control the House of Representatives.
No, you haven’t found Atlantis (or even a good joke…), I’m talking about houses in which mortgage holders owe more money on the home than the debt they are paying in their mortgage(s). Enter this post from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. John Krainer and Stephen LeRoy have calculated the number of mortgages underwater in Q4 2000 and Q4 2009 and conveniently mapped it so you can visually assess the damage.
Sorry it took a while to pick this one up, but here’s an interesting bit of data for your consumption: ‘Middle Educated’ workers, or those who list some college or degrees less than a bachelor’s degree, were unemployed at a higher rate in September than ever before in the 20-year history of the statistic. Yes, even more than last year when the overall unemployment rate was even higher.
The number to keep your eye on, obviously is a $200,000 annual salary if you’re single and a $250,000 combined salary if you’re married. These, as you likely know, are the lines in the sand drawn by the current administration to determine who is ‘rich’ and who isn’t. Does the electorate agree? For the most part. A Marist poll showed that 55% of Americans believe that a household income over $250,000 means you are wealthy, while 45% disagreed.
Yes, the headline is true. As of two days ago, the (“Great”?) recession was declared over by the US National Bureau of Economic Research. The Bureau looks at lagging indicators of recessions, and therefore declared the end of the recession to be June 2009. With a start of December 2007, the recession lasted 18 months, becoming the longest recession of the post-World War II era. And yes, if the economy does decline into recession again, it will be considered a ‘double dip’ recession, the likes of which haven’t been seen since (according to NBER records, that is) the early 1980s!
Is it okay to welch on a financial commitment? Yes, I know that ‘welch’ is a gambling term – and we’re about to talk about mortgages. If an unproportional amount of recent mortgages were actually bets that house prices would continue to increase, maybe ‘welch’ is the right term after all? Anyway, Pew recently polled people to ask their opinion on the practice of ‘walking away’ from mortgages.
Close your eyes or do whatever it is you do when you meditate… ponder the following question, “At what salary would you be content?” Okay, end the meditation. Were you thinking $75,000 annually? That’s the number that an analysis of 2008-2009 Gallup poll data by the economists Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman came up with. So, what does that mean?