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Studying and understanding demographic trends is critical when predicting generational spending patterns and long-term economic trends in our economy and markets.    The Pew Research Center estimates that in 2012, 57 million Americans lived in multi-generational households, which is defined as two or more adult generations under the same roof.…
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For decades the path to adulthood looked something like this. Graduate from high school, go to college, graduate from college, get a job, get your own place, and, ta-da, you’re an adult. But a new economic reality has changed that. Multi-generational housing, having three generations living together, is become more…
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The 30-year-old living in his mom’s basement has forever been both the unfortunate target of Hollywood humor and the poster child for irresponsibility. For all the jokes circulating over college graduates moving back home, “boomerang kids” are a symptom of a larger national issue involving increasing costs of living amplified…
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How important is housing to the American economy? If a 2011 SMU paper entitled "Housing's Contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) quot; is right, nothing moves the economic needle like housing. It accounts for 17% to 18% of GDP. And don't forget that home buyers fill their homes with all…
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My grandfather liked to use clever sayings to make a point. One of his favorites was, “the same thing, only different!” As we pulled together this article, I immediately thought of how his funny little saying applied. The Same Thing… When you buy an annuity, you give a private company…
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As investors look across the various asset classes available to them, there’s a clear sign that demand for alternative investment opportunities is rising. With the risk of stocks potentially topping out at any time after the recent bull market, and the lackluster performance of the commodities and bonds markets, investors…
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Last Thursday brought encouraging economic news that’s been a long time coming: existing home prices reached the highest point they’ve been in over six and a half years, something that may not resonate with those urban apartment dwellers populating America’s major cities. But for the large portion of the country…
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RealtyTrac reports that 40 percent of residential property sales in the month of July were made in all-cash purchases. This is 5 percent more than the previous month and 9 percent more than July 2012. In addition, Goldman Sachs (GS) reports that cash sales in residential home sales have skyrocketed…
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Being single in a big city can be quite daunting, particularly when you are not sure where to go or what to do. With thousands of people running around and bars on every corner, it can be hard to find the right crowd and people to socialize with. For those…
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One of the biggest challenges facing retirees is how to bridge the gap between ever-rising expenses and virtually stagnant Social Security checks and other sources of income. While we are all finding ways to be more frugal, many folks still fall short every month. In a recent issue of Miller's…
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In the current economic climate, mortgage modification has become thea necessity for many Americans. With President Obama’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, which was announced in February of 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department allotted $75 Billion in an effort to help avoid the foreclosures of 9 million homeowners. The plan…
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As of June 2013, Miami had the highest foreclosure rate than any other metropolitan area in the United States.  Miami banks are preparing to sell a large portion of the backlogged distressed properties as the auctions and lenders have tripled in the last few months and the home prices are…
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