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Housing Continues To Roll

May 17, 2018

The National Association of Home Builders said its members are very confident. The NAHB’s index was reported at 70 this week. That’s a very high level and an increase from 68. But there are some problems for the builders. “The solid May report shows that builders are buoyed by growing consumer demand for single-family homes,” […]

Charlie Munger’s Success Secret

May 17, 2018

It’s pretty easy to do and it’s not much of a secret. But this article says one of the keys to Charlie Munger’s success is that he reads a lot. Any time he is waiting is spent reading, and he often arrives early for meetings and other scheduled events so he’ll have some time to […]

Update On China Trade Negotiations

May 17, 2018

China’s lowering expectations for this week’s trade negotiations with the U.S. In an interview, the vice premier said it expects the negotiations to be tough and the countries are far apart on the terms they want. The deficit depends on who is buying what and is not entirely within their control, and he pointed out […]

Rates Still Are Rising

May 16, 2018

The 10-year treasury yield hit its highest level since 2011, breaking a long-term trading range. Strong economic data pushed rates higher. This should affect mortgage rates and other borrowing rates, but also help retirees who are investing for income. It also will increase federal spending, because the Treasury will have to pay more to borrow. […]

With Hedge Funds, Smaller Is Better

May 16, 2018

A new study tried to identify the characteristics of consistently successful hedge funds. It found that smaller hedge funds are more likely to perform consistently better over time. With larger funds, older funds end to under perform, but age doesn’t make a difference with smaller funds. Though the study found that younger funds tended to […]

The Halfback Movement Returns

May 16, 2018

In the first edition of The New Rules of Retirement I talked about the halfbacks. These are people from the northern part of the U.S. who retired to Florida or Arizona and then decided they didn’t like various aspects of living in those traditional retiree havens. But they didn’t want to back to where they […]

A Trade War Update

May 15, 2018

This profile of Larry Kudlow, Chairman of National Economic Council, is mostly an update about trade policy and negotiations, because that the issue Kudlow is most-focused on. Kudlow tries to reduce expectations for a continuation of NAFTA and a resolution of conflicts with China, but says he and the administration are working hard on both. […]

The End Of The Free Internet

May 15, 2018

Bloomberg.com recently imposed a paywall, or subscription price, for viewing articles on its web site. The site had been 100% free not too long ago. This article discusses the trend of web sites imposing paywalls. It forecasts the end of the free information internet that was the original pitch for everything being online and discusses […]

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