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Diminishing Value of Social Security Benefits

June 22, 2018

This article is about a study that concludes Social Security benefits currently buy 34% less than they did in 2000. This annual study from an advocacy group purports to re-arrange the basket of goods and services that are used to compute the Consumer Price Index so that it better reflects the purchases made by seniors. […]

Internet Retailers Might Have To Collect Sales Tax

June 22, 2018

Most of the large web sites already collect state sales tax for most of the states. But not all do, and most smaller sites don’t. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the states can force online retailers to collect sales taxes, even if the retailer doesn’t have a physical presence in the state. This doesn’t […]

Check Out My Posts

June 21, 2018

Remember that I’m now a contributor to the blog. To see my articles, check out my contributor page.     […]

June 21, 2018

This is a long article, but it’s worth reading if you have the time. It tells the full story of a recent digital currency fiasco that also included a new form of selling securities, the ICO. It’s a good story for anyone who wants to know about these new digital tools and especially for anyone […]

Latest Ways To Low Airfares

June 21, 2018

The best ways to lock in the lowest airfares keeps changing. This article gives the latest advice on the best times to buy for different types of flights and other details. In general, Snyder says, prices depend on demand, so if you want to travel when everyone else does — such as at Thanksgiving and […]

Hoisington: Why Rates Will Fall

June 20, 2018

Lacey Hunt and Van Hoisington at Hoisington Investment Management remain convinced that interest rates are going to fall. Rates could raise in the short term, they say, but they will fall. High debt levels and other factors will cause growth to slow, and that will lead to lower rates. The proposition that the federal funds […]

Weather And Housing Prices

June 20, 2018

It appears that weather and the potential for natural disasters are influencing housing and real estate decisions. This article describes a study that found  coastal real estate prices are lower than they were a 10 years ago, despite higher real estate prices overall. The headline attributes the price change to climate change and people reacting […]

Avoiding Major Retirement Problems

June 20, 2018

This article doesn’t add to what Retirement Watch readers already know, but it’s a good refresher and an introduction to others. It identifies some of the most common financial mishaps that lead to retirement failures. Giving too much to children and grandchildren heads the list.     […]

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