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5 Steps To Financial Account Security

November 13, 2018

Most people now have online access to financial accounts, and hackers are looking for ways to gain access to those accounts. This article provides five steps people can take to increase the security of their online accounts. Hackers can quickly figure out your password, but they can’t figure out the secret, one-time code that your […]

New Thoughts On “Old Age”

November 12, 2018

A conference recently was convened with the theme that the world needs to redefine what it means by old age and consider the services available to and treatment of people age 60 and older. This article summarizes a lot of the presentations at the conference. It’s a mistake to keep telling ourselves a story about how […]

Financial Journalists And Their Sources

November 12, 2018

This is a large, academic study but has some interesting information. It gives an idea of the incentives for financial journalists and where they receive the information used to develop stories. Our findings can be summarized in three important themes. First, financial journalists have stronger incentives to produce original information and analysis than to disseminate […]

Medicare In-Home Services Expanded For some

November 12, 2018

In 2019, Medicare Advantage plans in about 20 states will be able to cover a range of home services that generally aren’t considered medical care and haven’t been covered in the past. It’s part of an experiment to see if providing these nontraditional services will improve health and medical outcomes for beneficiaries. The shift reflects […]

China’s Real Estate Problem

November 11, 2018

Critical have argued for years that China directed to many resources into real estate and housing. The country took on a lot of debt to boost real estate and allowed individuals easy access to real estate-related loans. This article says that the problem is worse than many people realize. Among other things, it says about […]

Treasury Bonds And Election Night 2016

November 9, 2018

The election results in 2016 surprised many, and that caused markets to take a wild ride. This paper from a New York Fed economist details how treasury bonds moved in the markets as election results came in during the night. It’s another example of why investors shouldn’t try to take positions based on short-term events […]

Companies Are Buying Their Stock

November 9, 2018

This is more important than most investors realize. A major support of the stock market and the earnings growth of recent years has been corporations buying their stock and taking it off the market. Fewer shares available means earnings per share is higher and investors have to bid for fewer shares. There have been forecasts […]

Successful Retirement Requires Learning

November 9, 2018

I’ve often said that retirement has changed and will change again. You need to keep up with the changes to have a successful retirement. That’s why I have to revise my books and publish a new issue of Retirement Watch each month. This article quantifies this concept. The author developed the idea that successful people […]

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