the 2008 financial crisis has permanently altered the US economy. consumption patters will never get back to pre-recession levels because it was unsustainable with all of the mortgage debt from the manufactured housing bubble. with out real income growth for the 3 lower income quintiles there is simply nothing good coming down the road for the US economy or the majority of the population. the powers that be have designed a totally unsustainable economy.
there are not many positive places to invest monies in the US anymore. mostly nothing but overvalued assets, hence the continuous asset bubble/burst cycles we have been experiencing since the 80's. the real economy is toast.