Emerging Markets’ Oil Shock is Here

Brent crude recently hit $85 a barrel on its way higher, possibly towards $100, a level some analysts expect by the end of the year. Although it is still a long way from the 2008 record of $147.50, prices in emerging market currencies, which have strongly devalued against the US dollar, are already exceeding the […]

BANK OF AMERICA: The most important segment of the housing market has peaked

The top is in for existing-home sales, which make up 90% of transactions in the US, according to economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The largest segment of the housing market has peaked and will no longer contribute to the US economy’s growth, according to US economists at Bank of America — Read on […]

Argentina Falls Further into Crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Soup kitchens are over capacity and barter markets have sprung up throughout communities as Argentines try to cope with a worsening economy and a currency that won’t stop spiraling down against the US dollar. Source: Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis

Is the U.S. in an “Everything Bubble?”

The U.S. is experiencing one of the greatest wealth booms in history, but data is making it more clear that it is founded on unsustainable economic bubbles that appear ready to burst in the near future. Source: U.S. Household Wealth Is Experiencing An Unsustainable Bubble

Making Family Health and Wellness a Routine

The most effective way to impact your family’s health for the longterm is to establish healthy routines and habits. A great way to do this is to give yourself regular reminders to stay on course. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great at scheduling reminders on my calendar. I prefer physical, analog […]

What Happened to America’s Middle-class?

Alissa Quart, author of the new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, suggests that America’s middle class is being wiped out by a cost of living that far outpaces salary increases.   A couple earning nearly $140,000 can’t make ends meet without taking after hours jobs? Tiny starter houses cost $680,000 and up? Highly educated […]

Community Rallies Behind Teen’s Hot Dog Stand for School Clothes

Minneapolis Officials Help Teen Get Permits for Hot Dog Stand How many times have we read about a story in which children tried to experiment with a lemon aid or hot dog stand that was closed down quickly and emotionlessly by cranky neighbors and overzealous city authorities? Sadly, it seems to happen a lot, making […]

Are We Rats in a Cage?

  Chris Martenson, Co-Founder of Peak Prosperity and author of “The Crash Course” provides us a science-based explanation for the apparent escalation in extremism and aggression around the globe, even in the US where we have always assumed that different ideas should not only be accepted but also celebrated as part of our diverse heritage […]

Hawaii Bans Oxybenzone Sunscreens-Are There Any Alternatives?

Many people are already booked and ready for their dream vacations to Hawaii this summer. Unfortunately, recent news has revealed that their beloved sunscreens used since childhood are no longer welcome in Hawaii, because of their destructive effects on coral reefs and surrounding ecosystems. As a result, environmentally conscious travellers are desperately searching the internet […]

Negative Debt Pile Swells By $1 Trillion as Trade Clouds Gather

Bond investors are looking pretty pessimistic on growth. As the U.S. and China move closer to a trade war and the European Central Bank prolongs stimulative rates, traders are piling into the safety of government debt and enlarging the stock of bonds with below-zero yields. In just six days through — Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/negative-debt-pile-swells-1-121743703.html