I didn't coin the phrase, "The Trump Slump"; that comes from a group of International Bankers. It resulted from the fact that the U.S. Dollar fell consistently throughout all of 2017. 2018 is boding no better.
Below is a recent email I sent to family & friends. The title of it was "The Dollar, The Bust, & The Future".
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And so far in 2018, price inflation has increased.
If the economy is "surging" (as stated by NBC), why is the median income here in the USA now only $32,110? Compare that to the median income in 2000: $31,514... a bare bones increase in 18 years. I doubt it even covered the loss of purchasing power due to price inflation. The economy is "surging" only for the upper 10-15% (or so) of income earners.
Just a reminder...be prepared...I'm guessing the Crash is no more than two years away. Yes, it's only a guess, but the Stock Market is in a Bubble larger than the one just prior to the 2008 Crash; the same is true of today's Housing Bubble. The Bond Market Bubble already has peaked & is slowly deflating. Auto sales are down in 2018. The PetroDollar is in its death throes. In less than ten years, the Dollar no longer will be the world's reserve currency; the IMF is seeing to that with a program already underway. Plus, Fed Gov't spending is increasing more under Trump & the Repub Congress than during the 1st two years of either Bush or Obama. Our National Debt continues to increase at a phenomenal rate. [See www.USDebtClock.org] Confidence in the Dollar is decreasing worldwide.
Corporate profits are at an all-time high, but where's the "Trickle-Down"? Corporations are using those profits to buy back their own Stock, thus falsely inflating that Market.
The primary reason our GDP has increased is: the Powers-That-Be still count income made by the Financial Sector as adding to the Gross Domestic Product. In fact, though, the Financiers extract wealth from the economy. Their income should be subtracted from the GDP. This has been shown clearly by the economist, Professor Richard Werner. [His interview clips/lecture clips are on YouTube.]
Finally, in the Boom-Bust Cycle since 1973, we are now overdue for the next Bust. The only thing in question is: how large will the next Bust be?
The good news is that it's highly likely that this next Crash finally will bring about meaningful reform in our corrupt, Crony Capitalist system...and very possibly an end to the privatizing of government. We need to return to a Mixed Economy, like the one that produced the Golden Age of American Capitalism (1946-1972, or some say, '45 through the early '60s).
Not only my opinion. Be Well