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Politics vs. the Stock Market

June 20, 2017

In this article, the author asks why so many (including him) have been wrong in predicting that President Trump’s actions and problems would cause the stock market to decline have been wrong. He gives several reasonable theories for the apparent disconnection between problems in Washington but complacent on Wall Street. Then, he concludes the most […]

Preparing for the End of the Bull Market

June 19, 2017

It’s one thing to worry about when the bull market in stocks will end. It’s another thing to really think about it and prepare for it. This article is an in-depth review of why people need to prepare for bear markets and the many options you have for setting your portfolio for bad times. As […]

Analyzing the Latest Housing Starts

June 19, 2017

Housing starts fell sharply in May. Is that bad news for the housing market? Probably not. The headline housing market number is composed of both multifamily houses and single-family homes. The multifamily (apartment) houses are large, and the number is volatile month to month. Also, apartments have been on a roll since the housing crisis, […]

Slowdown in Oil?

June 19, 2017

Here’s a brief post that points out a sharp slowdown in new oil rigs in the U.S. Most of this year commentators have pointed out that U.S. shale producers continue expanding, despite a decline in oil’s price. It could be we’re reaching a point when oil prices are too low for their efforts to be […]

How Much Should You Save Each Year?

June 16, 2017

This article is mostly for younger people who are wondering what percentage of their income they should be saving for retirement. The thesis of the article is that there is no good rule of thumb. Each rule mentioned in the article has pros and cons. Here’s a point not made in the article. Save a […]

Why to Buy Stocks and Bonds at Peaks

June 16, 2017

This article takes a long-term perspective to demonstrate that someone who bought stocks and bonds near their peak prices for a cycle would still have very good returns over time. The problem with the analysis for many people in or near retirement is that it takes a 40-year perspective and is for someone who is […]

Saving Money on Auto Insurance

June 16, 2017

Most people don’t like to shop for insurance and don’t know how to do it. Insurers know this, and many of them take advantage of it. Many Americans could save a lot of money by checking the cost of auto insurance before automatically renewing their current insurance. This article explains what surveys found, and who […]

The Self-Storage Boom

June 15, 2017

You probably drive by self-storage warehouses all the time. It is quietly one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. It’s partly driven by technology. People are buying stuff online all the time, and they need places to store it all. This article dives into the industry in detail. There’s so much excitement around the […]

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