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Clearly, Not Everyone Is Getting Rich Off The Stock Market

Well, the NY Fed was out today with its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit for Q4 2017. Clearly, Americans are in a lot of debt. Take a look.

Just a couple of quick hits from the report. Total U.S. household debt rose $193 billion in the 4th quarter, to a new all-time peak of $13.15 trillion. That's 17.9% above the most recent trough in Q2 2013. Broken down by segment, what do you suppose was the largest gain in percentage terms? Credit cards, with a 3.2% increase. In the picture above, the widening gap represented by the red arrows reflects the fact that non-housing debt is rising at a faster pace than housing debt.

Here's what's troubling about that. Below is a picture of the stock market, as represented by the S&P 500 index, over that same period; from the most recent credit trough in Q2 2013 to the end of 2017.

And thus, the title of this article. Over that period, the S&P 500 index rose by 75%; from roughly 1,600 to 2,800. Apparently, however, the r…

Index - 'ETF Monkey Focus' Series

Welcome to the index for the ETF Monkey Focus series of articles I have written for Seeking Alpha.

First, here is a link to the introductory article for the series. In this article, I present helpful information concerning both the basic structure, as well as helpful common features, that I plan to put in each article.

Here, in alphabetical article by symbol, are all ETFs on which I have at least commented to-date. Check back often, as new ETFs will be added as they are covered.

If you want to be sure not to miss anything, I suggest taking a minute right now to follow me on either Twitter or Facebook. I post regular updates in both places.

         Symbol    ETF Name

  1. AGG ------ iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
  2. BND ------ Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF
  3. BNDS ---- SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond ETF
  4. IEFA ----- iShares Core MCSI EAFE ETF
  5. IEMG ---- iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF
  6. ITOT ----- iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF
  7. IXUS ----- iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF
  8. IWV ------ iShares Russell 3000 ETF
  9. SCHB ---- Schwab Broad Market U.S. ETF 
  10. SCHE ---- Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF
  11. SCHF ---- Schwab International Equity ETF
  12. SCHZ ---- Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
  13. THRK ---- SPDR Russell 3000 ETF
  14. VEA ------ Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF
  15. VEU ------ Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF
  16. VTHR ---- Vanguard Russell 3000 ETF
  17. VTI ------- Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 
  18. VWO ----- Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF
  19. VXUS ---- Vanguard Total International Stock ETF     


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