On Monday, September 15, 2008, 158-year-old Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Lehman’s collapse helped trigger the Great Recession.
Three months later, the U.S. economy collapsed under the weight of a near total meltdown in housing prices. Riding to the rescue, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to nearly zero.
That’s the lowest level it’s ever been in the 243-year history of the United States.
Wall Street pundits called it zero interest-rate policy, or ZIRP.
The Fed believed ZIRP would encourage people to borrow and invest in riskier assets with higher yields. This “wealth effect” would then stimulate the economy.
The policy did eventually help pull U.S. markets out of a recession. But there were unintended consequences…
Today, I’ll tell you what those consequences are—and more importantly, what you can do about it…
The Income Crisis
If you’ve been following the Daily this week, you know I’ve been warning you about the “war” against savers.
It’s not an ordinary war. It has nothing to do with the Middle East. But you’re paying for it.
Let me explain…
Since the Great Recession, the Fed’s ZIRP has made it difficult for ordinary Americans to find safe income with a decent yield.
Today, the rate on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note is hovering just above 1.8%. That’s nearly two-thirds less than its 100-year historical average of 4.6%.
Other traditional income products yield virtually nothing…
For example, the average yield of a checking account is just 0.06%. For every $10,000 deposited, you’ll get back only $6 at the end of the year.
In 1995, you could have earned 4% on your deposits. That’s $400 annually on a $10,000 deposit—or nearly 70x more than today.
But for some savers, rates are even worse. According to financial services firm Bankrate, the most common yield for checking accounts remains at 0.01%.
And it’s not just checking accounts…
Across the board, conventional, short-term, fixed-income assets are yielding historically low rates. Here are the average rates banks pay on deposits of less than $100,000:
0.06% for interest-bearing checking accounts
0.09% for savings accounts
0.16% for money market accounts
0.51% for 12-month certificates of deposit (CDs)
0.66% for 24-month CDs
Friends, anyone looking for income in their investments has very few options in the market today. So if you want to retire with dignity, you’ll need a new game plan.
The good news is, I have found a way to take back control of your own financial future without putting your current financial position at risk. It all has to do with creating a large safe stream of monthly income.
It may seem paradoxical but the surest way to build a large fortune is to first secure a large, steady stream of income. The more “safe” income you build, the more “free” income you’ll have to speculate on high-risk, high-reward plays that can explode your wealth higher—without putting your current lifestyle at risk.
The other great benefit of having a large income stream is you can use it to splurge on the things that make life even more fun. That could be a new boat, exotic vacations, or just a little extra cash each month to help out the kids and spoil the grandkids.
The point is, when you have a steady income source (separate from your employment or main source), you’ll have so many more options in your life.
That’s why I’ve spent the past two years researching an investment method that can give you a shot at bringing in five figures a month in profits.
It’s a money-making approach so accurate and lucrative I even took some of my money out of crypto to commit to it.
If you’re willing to put in 12 seconds for the chance to make $12,000 or more each month in extra income, then you’ll want to join me.
And to prove its effectiveness, I’m willing to give everyone who attends my special event their first trade recommendation for free.
Let the Game Come to You!
Editor, Palm Beach Daily