Things That Make You Go HMMM

A Walk Around The Fringes Of Finance

Grant Williams, Things that make you go HmmmMuch to his chagrin, Grant Williams has reached 30 years in finance.

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Whilst the increase in educational levels had undoubtedly been reflected in the data which suggest that a college degree, in the long term, resulted in higher income and lower unemployment, the class of 2011 seemed to find that, for them at least, the benefits of those extra four years were, at best, negligible:

(WSJ): Unemployment among recent liberal-arts graduates, at 9.4%, was higher than the national average, and student-loan debt, at an average of nearly $25,000, had reached record levels. Worse still, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was reporting that only 5 of the 20 jobs projected to grow fastest over the coming decade would require a bachelor’s degree.

There isn’t a single facet of that paragraph which doesn’t set an alarm bell ringing somewhere, but the biggest problem of all is undoubtedly the increased level of debt taken on by the
average student... Read more