Your Parents' Financial Advice Is (Kind Of) Wrong
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September 20 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Your Parents' Financial Advice Is (Kind Of) Wrong

This article by Julia Carpenter for the Wall Street Journal may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

The typical U.S. home now sells for more than four times the median U.S. income, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Between 1980 and 1999, home prices were closer to three times household income.

• Given the savings rates of the millennial generation born between 1981 and 1996, rental-listing company Apartment List estimates that two-thirds of millennial renters would require at least two decades to save enough for a 20% down payment on a median-priced condo in their market. Just 11% would be able to amass a 20% down payment within the next five years.

• The upshot: Millennial households had an average net worth of about $92,000 in 2016, nearly 40% less than Gen X households (people born between 1965 and 1980) had in 2001, adjusted for inflation, and about 20% less than baby boomer households (born from 1946 to 1964) had in 1989, according to data from the Federal Reserve.

So it’s time to kill the idea that student-loan debt is always “good debt,” to admit that buying a house isn’t always the right move, and to refashion these old expectations. It’s time for a new playbook.

Eoin Treacy's view

Student debt and the promise of progressive candidates to cancel it are potential election winners as the millennial demographic becomes more influential in US elections.

The breaking of the credit model which has supplied millions of students with the funds to attend college represents a clear threat to pension funds and is likely to be very dimly viewed by the markets. That suggests the next US election is likely to be at least as catalytic to market expectations as the last.

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