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    Student Loan Bubble

    The following post is excerpted from TDV Homegrown.

    In 2008, the prospective career paths for much of America went up in smoke as jobs became more and more sparse. Many people still desperately clinging to the fantasy of the American dream are getting money the only way that they know how: borrowing it.

    What better way to fund your lifestyle and prepare for a new career than getting a loan to go to college, right? But what if there’s no one to lend that money? Early this month, JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced that it will be exiting the student loan market as of this October, stating, "We just don’t see this as a market that we can significantly grow," making it clear that the student loan market is truly dysfunctional.

    Don’t worry, though; the government has come to save us from what Keynesian economists would call this “market failure” by currently issuing more than 90 percent of student loans. Reminiscent of the housing bubble in which there was an underlying societal myth that everyone should own a home and that all houses were good investments, this bubble is fueled by the myth that everyone should go to college and that all college is a good investment. Just like the housing bubble, this is believed by just about everyone until it isn’t — and then it’s too late.

    The culture and, of course, government schools tell the youth (and older displaced workers) that in order to get a good job, one only needs to go to college. Much like the National Association of Realtors did during the housing boom, colleges take advantage of this combination of government subsidies, cheap credit and free marketing (propaganda) to fuel a speculative bubble. In the past decade, college debt as a percentage of household debt has exploded, becoming the second biggest form of household debt and outpacing credit card and auto loan debt. In this article we will go through the perverse incentives that have created this unsustainable boom and put forth some predictions about how the whole thing may play out.

    As the readers of The Dollar Vigilante will surely realize, the college debt fiasco we are currently in has nothing to do with the free market and everything to do with government meddling. No one in his right mind would lend money at 2 percent to 3 percent interest to an 18-year-old with no collateral or experience to pursue his education in whatever he chooses, unless you could just create the money out of thin air and had some friends in the university cartel. The GI Bill, Federal grants, State grants and government-guaranteed student loans have made university tuition prices go into the stratosphere. The once-romantic idea of putting yourself through college by waiting tables is now just a memory from decades past.

    As with any time that market forces are absent, we see not only the price climbing but the quality of the degrees themselves diminishing. The quality of most of the degrees today is so removed from any type of marketable skills that, in many cases, it could be seen as a negative for someone to have wasted so much time and money to have gone to college at all. This hilarious video by Peter Schiff demonstrates perfectly how utterly worthless most degrees have been to obtain the high-paying job that was said to come about by possessing one of these sacred documents.

    There have been many factors that have been at play to cause this market to be perverted in such a way. You could more accurately call most degrees “union cards,” as they act as a State-sanctioned conditioning seal of approval for the union leader of the specific field the student is entering. Although there are great classes online for free, you must attend one of the approved universities in order to get an accredited degree. Getting a degree from one of these accredited schools is a prerequisite for the next hoop you must jump through: getting a license to practice.

    Once the university cartel has been established, the only thing left to do is to hand out cheap money. This has been done through a variety of ways, but mostly through federally guaranteed or directly issued student loans. Under the old Federal lending program, loans were made by private banks with federally backed guarantees. Many financial institutions wanted out of the market; so in 2010, President Barack Obama attached an overhaul of the student loan program to the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. This overhaul was, in essence, a takeover of the student loan market by the Federal government, which stopped providing subsidies to banks for making “private” loans and instead began directly lending money to students. Along with this, the government increased Pell Grants and allowed students to only be liable to pay 10 percent of discretionary income for loan repayment; the loans could then be forgiven after 20 years’ of timely payments. This excess of cheap credit in this specific market has caused college tuition to rise dramatically faster than the rate of inflation.

    This has not dissuaded student borrowers, however. Student debt is now twice what it was in 2007 at just more than $1 trillion dollars, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt.

    As the fundamental economic conditions have not improved and with youth unemployment at more than 20 percent, the delinquency rates of these loans have been on the rise. Some state the rate of loans that are behind 90 plus days are reported as 13 percent, while the Federal Reserve itself admits that the actual number is probably more than double that.

    This is a trillion-dollar credit market in which the government holds the majority of the loans and for which young people with no collateral who are now mostly unemployed or underemployed in an economy that has no chance of improving are left to hold the bag. This is not a black swan. Rather, it’s a giant gorilla staring in the face of the entire Nation that most people choose to ignore.

    —James Guzman and Ben Vincent

    Editor’s Note: To continue reading this article, excerpted from the September issue of TDV Homegrown, please subscribe here.

    Comments or questions? Email us at TDV@dollarvigilante.com and we may use your email in our Feedback Friday each week.

    James Guzman is an American-born writer and investment consultant specializing in non-conventional markets and countries. He is a staunch advocate of the free market and has extensively studied the Austrian school of economics. Guzman manages TDV groups and is the TDV correspondent in Acapulco, Mexico. If you have any questions on moving or investing in Mexico, you can contact him at jguzman@dollarvigilante.com.

    Ben Vincent www.fiatvigilantes.com is a gold and silver commodity and mining investor, energy analyst, economic and financial commentator, and student of Austrian economics. As a graduate of Indiana University in business, economics and public policy and of the Ludwig von Mises institute and as a former communications analyst for the Economic Freedom Project, he advocates free markets, free people and free minds.

    The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) is a joint-venture publication founded by two respected free-market speakers and analysts in the financial sector, Jeff Berwick and Ed Bugos. Both Jeff and Ed consider themselves financial freedom fighters and have written extensively in the past about the ongoing and impending collapse of the US dollar based financial system. They joined forces to publish TDV, a publication and community for dollar crash survivors.

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