Are Millennials Financially Screwed?


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  1. rd commented on Nov 12

    In the short term, yes. In the only term, only if they want to be.

    We moved passed peak productivity in the boomer generation a decade ago. Now the boomers are at peak wealth stage, so asset prices are high. That will likely change as those assets get sold to pay for retirement (individuals and pension funds).

    So right now Millenials have high student loan debt that is preventing them buying what are probably over-priced homes, stocks, and bonds. As their debts get paid off, they will move into their own peak productivity period a decade or so from now. Asset (houses, stocks, bonds) prices will likely have lower valuations (inflation-adjusted prices lower) and their incomes will be rising as they move into the slots exited by boomers and Generation X.

    I think we are in the equivalent of the end of the 1930s (minus double-digit unemployment) or the late 1970s (minus double-digit inflation). Those periods were followed by 30 years of growth and prosperity after another round or two of challenges. So I think the Millenials will be just fine 40 years from now, unless they decide to get greedy and screw things up..

    • CDizzle commented on Nov 12

      Greedy…like the 20s, 70s or 90s, from a stock price perspective?

      Each generation is increasingly myopic. Greed could arguably be viewed as the excessive risk in a given timeframe, i.e. short term return vs. long term viability?

    • rd commented on Nov 12

      More like greedy from an income/wealth inequality standpoint while ignoring Keynes and running large deficits to reduce tax burdens during boom periods .Unstable financial markets are an outcome of those policies, not a cause. Fighting voluntary unfunded wars (Vietnam, Iraq) is another way to create Minsky moments.

  2. marketmap commented on Nov 12

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    • DeDude commented on Nov 12

      If we are looking at a situation where the next decade or more asset prices will be dropping (as boomers unload their assets to live in retirement), then putting money into retirement accounts would be about the worst thing they can do. Instead they should rent while they pay back all their student loans, then begin saving up for a 20% downpayment on a house.

    • rd commented on Nov 13

      Dollar cost averaging into tax-deferred accounts still works in that scenario as the best time to be buying is when the markets are dropping. But it should be balanced by continuing to pay off the debt and saving cash.

  3. tradeking13 commented on Nov 12

    Competitive pole dancing? That’s a thing?

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