More than 70% of US Municipal Bond holders are exposed to Puerto Rican debt, in excess of $1 billion. Operating in an environment with no oversight or regulation, this powerful group of private investors do not want any default on their bonds and expect a return of 100% or more. There is a dawning realisation within the White House that Puerto Rico cannot simply be abandoned like a failed Casino. Yet again, we see the way in which pure unregulated capitalism is creating unmitigated misery.
Beyond the generalisations of who has had it tougher, today’s economic benefits don’t seem to be as abundant. Everyone is being caught in the squeeze from pensions to housing, education and job security. So should we defuse or detonate the demographic time bomb?
The assumption that you’ll invest enough of your earnings into a pension scheme and enjoy a decent standard of living when you retire is a faulty one. Today, the retirement prospects for Generation X’ers and Millennials are looking bleak. Andrew Walker looks into what went wrong.