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Down To The Wire For Brexit

September 18, 2018

The U.K. and E.U. continue to discuss the terms of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the group. The final deal is supposed to be done in November, but the two sides have differences on some key issues and haven’t discussed some others. This article provides a good review of where things stand and how negotiations are […]

Why To Stay Invested

September 18, 2018

This article argues that the best way to protect your portfolio in the next downturn is to stay invested. You are very unlikely to be able to time both an exit near the top of the market and re-entry near the bottom. It’s better to stay invested. Why? Studies repeatedly show that individual mutual fund […]

A Critic Takes On Central Bankers

September 17, 2018

Here’s an interview with Nomi Prins, a former banker at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. She has a book that alleges central bankers misbehaved before, during and after the financial crisis. In the interview she explains what central bankers have done wrong and why things are set up to make the next downturn worse. At […]

An Insider’s Report On Lehman’s Last Days

September 17, 2018

This essay is the personal tale of a Lehman Brothers employee at the time of its demise. He gives some insight into what the regular employees were thinking and being told 10 years ago when the firm filed for bankruptcy and caused a market and economic spiral. It was easy to be in denial. We […]

Freeze Your Credit Report Free

September 17, 2018

A federal law that takes effect September 21 allows you to freeze your credit report free. Previously, the three credit-reporting firms required modest payments to freeze your report. The benefit of freezing your credit is that identity thieves won’t be able to open accounts in your name. Typically you’ll get a PIN each time you […]

Scams That Target The Elderly

September 14, 2018

This article from Charles Schwab & Co. explains why scam artists like to target the elderly and discusses steps you can take to avoid scams. One of the best ways to help protect yourself from financial exploitation is to stay connected to the people in your life. Scam artists often befriend lonely older people, only […]

Making Money On Shale

September 14, 2018

This article describes how a group of entrepreneurs under age 40 are making money off the shale oil and gas boom. It focuses on two partners and how they buy and sell oil leases, flipping them for substantial profits. The oil industry has produced many billion-dollar fortunes, from H.L. Hunt, who rose to fame in […]

Why Some Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

September 14, 2018

This article discusses prescription drug pricing in great depth. It explains why pharmaceutical companies can and do raise prices significantly even for generic drugs. But it also says the situation isn’t as simple as many people make it out to be. It discusses how other countries address the problem and offers some solutions. But it […]

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