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Pension Ponzi Exposed: Minnesota Underfunding Triples After Tweaking This One Small Assumption…

Defined Benefit Pension Plans are, in many cases, a ponzi scheme.  Current assets are used to pay current claims in full despite insufficient funding to pay future liabilities… classic Ponzi.  But unlike wall street and corporate ponzi schemes no one goes to jail here because the establishment is complicit.  Everyone from government officials to union […]

Housing Bubble 2.0: Home Equity Loans Soar To Highest Level Since 2008

It seems as though the practice of using one’s home as a personal ATM machine is making a ‘yuge’ comeback of late thanks, at least in part, to the same aggressive lending terms and attractive teaser rates that nearly sank the world economy just under a decade ago.  According the Wall Street Journal and Equifax, […]

Did you see this unbelievable front page news?

Via The Daily Bell Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile A few weeks ago the Board of Trustees of Social Security sent a formal letter to the United States Senate and House of Representatives to issue a dire warning: Social Security is running out of money. Given that tens of millions of Americans depend on this public pension program […]

Did the Sub-Prime 2.0 Bubble Just Burst?

As you know, we’ve been tracking the sub-prime auto-loan industry closely. Our view is that this industry represents the worst of the worst excesses of our current credit bubble, much as the subprime mortgage industry represented the worst of the worst in excess for the Housing Bubble. For this reason, we refer to sub-prime auto-loans […]

Bank Of England Warns Of “Spiral Of Complacency” Over Soaring Consumer Debt

A few weeks ago, we wrote a note about how European auto lenders are becoming just about as ridiculously undisciplined as their counterparts in the United States.  Apparently an ever-growing reliance of European millennials on lease financing has auto ABS investors worried about a potential crash in used car prices at some point in the […]

Illinois “Budget Deal” Is Likely The Death Knell For The State’s $130 Billion Underfunded Pensions

Last August, in a post that attempted to explain why public pensions are really about $8 trillion underfunded, as opposed to the $3-$5 trillion that you frequently see tossed around in the press, we described pensions in the following way: Defined Benefit Pension Plans are, in many cases, a ponzi scheme.  Current assets are used […]

“I’m Concerned For My Friend The President… They Are Going To Find Something”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, Robert Kiyosaki is the well known author of the widely popular Rich Dad, Poor Dad series. As an outside-the-box thinker Kiyosaki has recently suggested that the U.S. economy is under so much pressure that it is in real danger of collapse. He is also a long-time advocate of gold and silver […]

Good Luck Getting Out Of That Subprime Auto Loan When Used Car Prices Crash

We’ve written frequently in recent months about the coming subprime auto crisis which will very likely be prompted by a wave of off-lease vehicles that will flood the market with used inventory over the coming years.  In fact, Morgan Stanley recently predicted that the surge in used inventory could result in as much as a […]

Warning: the Subprime 2.0 Bubble is About to Burst

As we’ve been outlining for weeks now, Subprime 2.0 is the subprime auto-loan industry. And just as the collapse in the subprime mortgage lending was what signaled the beginning of the housing crisis… trouble in the subprime auto-loan industry will be what signals that the next Debt Crisis is here. On that note… subprime auto-loan […]

The Other Shoe Drops: Prime Auto Loan Losses Surge As Recoveries Tumble

When we looked at subprime auto delinquencies most recently, we found some troubling trends: first, in February, we showed that 61+ day delinquencies in General Motors’ subprime securitization book would support a rather bleak thesis for future auto sales, and specifically the demand side of the equation, with January 2017 delinquency rates soaring to the […]