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Rising Inflation and Coffee Prices

April 29, 2011

Fears of inflation are making headlines these days. The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy followed by sharp rises in commodity prices increase expectations of future inflation. It’s important to understand the difference between a price increase caused by a change in the demand and supply balance from a price increase caused by a decline in the […]

Slamming Quantitative Easing

April 28, 2011

Part of your regular reading should be the quarterly reports from Hoisington Investment Management. Written by Van Hoisington and Lacy Hunt, they use charts and plain English to give a crisp, clear view of the economy and markets. The duo manages Wasatch-Hoisington U.S. Treasury fund. Even if you don’t agree with them, you should be […]

Inching Closer to a Housing Double Dip

April 26, 2011

The latest housing price data are out, and they’re not attractive. It’s clear now that the boost in the real estate market in 2009 and 2010 was due mostly to incentives such as the home buyer’s tax credit. Foreclosures continue to rise and will do so for some time. We likely are at least a […]

Making the Most of the Post-Retirement Years

April 26, 2011

There’s plenty to do in the post-career years. You don’t have to restrict your retirement activities to golf, tennis, travel, and just hanging around. You also don’t have to take my word for it. Roy Rowan, a former editor at Time Inc., has a new book in which the 91-year-old describes all the activities he’s […]

Evaluating the Outlook for Treasuries

April 25, 2011

PIMCO made many headlines recently by announcing that its Total Return fund no longer owned U.S. Treasury bonds. Manager Bill Gross said the bonds offer no value. Their yields are low, less than PIMCO’s anticipated inflation rate, and the prospect is for the rates to rise. Jeff Gundlach of DoubleLine Funds largely agrees, saying that […]

Watching Silver Soar

April 25, 2011

Silver, through iShares Silver Trust, has been in our Invest with the Winners-ETFs portfolio for a few months now, and it’s been in and out since last fall. It’s been a wild, profitable ride. I’ve been saying that there aren’t fundamentals to justify this rise in silver, but because IWW is an automatic trading system […]

Reducing New Car Costs

April 15, 2011

Car shoppers who don’t know the ropes could end up paying more for the car, and especially its financing, than they realize or have to. Forbes has an article revealing what it calls 10 car dealer scams to watch out for. Four out of five car buyers finance their vehicle through the dealership, and odds […]

Tax Dollars at Work

April 15, 2011

Public pension plans make a lot of headlines these days because of their big deficits. Different funds have different reasons for being underfunded. Here’s the story of an interesting one, a policy officers’ retirement fund in Louisiana. It seems the officers and retired officers running the fund decided to invest in a golf course, and […]

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