Rocky Vega

The economy is still in tatters. Despite the bailout-fueled “rally,” there are a couple of shoes that have yet to drop and, according to Financial Armageddon, there are about 23 of them. In its recent post, “the sum total of all that is wrong,” it highlights 22 major areas in which the economy is completely broken and needs a major overhaul.

Here are the top ten problems…

1. A broken global credit market that has not fully recovered.
2. Lack of transparency in Mortgage-Backed Securities and other re-packaged debt instruments.
3. The increasing Federal debt, which is growing at an unprecedented rate.
4. Mountains of consumer and corporate debt.
5. The Federal budget deficit.
6. Ever-expanding bailouts.
7. Monetization of the National Debt.
8. The destruction of the American consumer economy.
9. Chronic unemployment, possibly much higher than officially reported.
10. More than $500 Billion USD in hedge funds that have borrowed short and lent long.

The full list of 22 reasons for why this recession is different originally comes from SurvivalBlog. Financial Armageddon adds an important 23rd factor that Agora Financial editors frequently mention but is often overlooked by the mainstream media — the nation’s decrepit infrastructure.

Rocky Vega

Rocky Vega is publisher of Agora Financial International, where he advances the growth of Agora Financial publishing enterprises outside of the US. Previously, he was publisher of The Daily Reckoning, and founding publisher of both UrbanTurf and RFID Update -- which he ran from Brazil, Chile, and Puerto Rico -- as well as associate publisher of FierceFinance. Rocky has an honors MS from the Stockholm School of Economics and an honors BA from Harvard University, where he served on the board of directors for Let?s Go Publications, Harvard Student Agencies, and The Harvard Advocate.

Recent Articles

Biking the Tube

Stephen Petranek

Every city in the world seems to be jealous of New York’s marvelous High Line, an ancient abandoned elevated rail line that has been converted into a park. Now cities everywhere are looking at their abandoned transportation lines to see how they can be reused.


Biotech’s Busted — Here’s What To Do Now…

Greg Guenthner

Biotechs blasted lower all week. Semiconductors hit the mat. And the once high-flying Nasdaq lost more than 3% as of yesterday—topping off its worst run since last April. Greg Guenthner looks at the latest market sell-off and questions the mainstream explanation behind it.


How to Make Money from Stupid Cat Videos

Greg Guenthner

As the business publication Quartz reports, "Cisco projects video to represent 71% of all mobile data traffic by 2019, up from about 55% last year, and representing the bulk of mobile traffic growth."