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Clearly, Not Everyone Is Getting Rich Off The Stock Market

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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…

ETF Monkey Focus Articles

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.

Symbol
Name
AGG
BND
BNDS
DGRO
DGRW
FDIS
FSTA
HDV
IEFA
IEMG
ITOT
IVV
IWV
IXUS
SCHB
SCHD
SCHE
SCHF
SCHZ
SPY
THRK
VCR
VDC
VEA
VEU
VIG
VOO
VTHR
VTI
VWO
VXUS
VYM
XLP
XLY

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