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With 40% of Americans One Bill Away from Financial Disaster, What's Next?

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money and U.S. Federal Reserve stimulus, the U.S. economy is still not working very well for the average American.

According to a survey by Bankrate.com, 40% of Americans say they are just one big bill away from financial disaster. That tells Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald that the government's efforts to rescue the U.S. economy have failed.

He said there's one figure he's watching this week that will show if there's much hope for Main Street at this point...

In This Market, Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

Stocks hit new records last week as central banks around the world continued writing checks to prop up still struggling economies, the price of oil stabilized, Vladimir Putin lured the West into a phony truce in the Ukraine, and Athens and the EU tried to pretend that Greece isn't hopelessly insolvent or that it even matters if it is or isn't.

In other words, investors were once again all too willing to ignore economic reality and drink the Kool Aid being served by central bankers and politicians.

We might as well call this the "Jonestown Market" because the cult leader Jim Jones could just as easily be handing out paper cups filled with colored water and investors would be swilling it down...

U.S. Economy

2015 Layoffs Blow the Cover Off the Job "Recovery"

Just over a month into the new year, and the 2015 layoffs are already mounting.

What gives? The economy is recovering. The unemployment rate rests at a six-year low of 5.6%. And sinking gas prices have stoked consumer confidence.

The job cuts are evidence that the touted job recovery has been artificially inflated.

Here's a look at 12 recent job cuts across several sectors and what's behind them...

U.S. Economy

Deflation in 2015? These Four Charts Say Yes

Deflation in 2015 seems to be upon us. And while falling prices might seem like a good thing, deflation can wreak havoc on the economy.

In a deflationary period, prices will drop, corporate profits will dry up, wages will shrink, and all of this will reinforce the conditions of recessions.

These four charts show that the U.S. has a real deflation problem now...

Jobs

The Scary Wage Growth Story in the December Jobs Report

The December jobs report released today (Friday) by the U.S. Department of Labor highlights what’s missing in the job market’s recovery: wage growth.

According to the report, the United States added 252,000 jobs last month, ahead of consensus estimates of 240,000. That was enough to push the unemployment rate down to 5.6%.

But those impressive numbers were not enough to distract from the bigger story of falling wages…

Jobs

October U.S. Jobs Report Shows a Scary Truth About Wage Growth

Historically, low unemployment has led to faster wage growth. But that hasn’t been the case over the last six years.

The October U.S. jobs report shows the unemployment rate is down – but wage growth does not look good.

Here's what that means for our economy.

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Love Today's Fresh Unemployment Data

Stock market futures rose Friday morning following strong October unemployment data. Watch for the report to positively affect markets throughout the day.

Here are today's other top stories, including stock news for RIG, ANF, DIS, and more...

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 – the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

U.S. Economy

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me…

The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

Full story...

The Fed

How the Federal Reserve Is Killing America

It's maddening. Our economy is stagnating. The divide between haves and have-nots is widening every day. There are fewer and fewer good jobs and careers to be had. What the heck happened?

The U.S. Federal Reserve System is killing America. It has destroyed the economy. It has undermined savers and retirees. It is even responsible for the corruption in Congress.

We have to kill the Fed before it kills America for good.