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Spotting Risks in the Rally

February 15, 2011

Most of the investing world is buying into the notion that the recent market rally (100% from the bottom) is the herald of a new bull market. The crisis is behind us, and we can look forward to sustained economic growth and stock market gains. A few of us have been skeptical of that notion […]

Inflation Creeping Back

February 15, 2011

While commodity prices have been rising, the Fed insists that inflation is low, may be too low. The higher commodity prices generally haven’t been translated into higher retail prices. Commodity costs make up a small portion of the cost of finished goods sold in the U.S. Also, companies have been afraid t raise prices, fearing […]

Advice from a Billionaire

February 14, 2011

Sam Zell is a character. He’s also a self-made billionaire real estate investor, nicknamed the grave dancer because he’s known for buying properties when no one else wants them. Unlike a lot of imitators, he didn’t jump into the market at any point during the financial crisis. His explanation: “When this current panic began I […]

Replacing the Dollar

February 14, 2011

The Fed’s QE 2 policy and the government’s huge deficits spurred a lot of talk about replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. What’s different this time is that the suggestions are coming from rather prominent world leaders. If the dollar is replaced, the consensus is that China’s currency is the likely successor. Is […]

Egypt and the Dollar

February 11, 2011

Hoszi Mubarak finally stepped down as leader of Egypt and turned power over to the military. That seems to resolve the crisis, but it doesn’t resolve one of the financial questions of recent days. Almost always when there’s a global crisis investors flee to safety. They flock to the dollar and U.S. Treasury debt, fleeing […]

It’s Different for Women

February 10, 2011

Most discussions of retirement and retirement planning don’t make distinctions between men and women. It’s partly a result of political correctness and partly that women in general aren’t as involved in their financial planning as men. (Sorry, but as a general rule that’s true. Keep reading.) Retirement planning is more important for women, because they […]

Now, for Some Good News

February 10, 2011

Many books and articles have been published about the villains and mistakes of the financial crisis. There were a few key players who resisted the temptations of the boom and avoided the worst of the crisis. Forbes is drawing attention to some of them, starting with the head of Travelers, the insurance company with the […]

Walking to Remember

February 10, 2011

Here’s good news for those who want to stay mentally sharp as the years roll on. For reasons scientists can’t explain yet, it appears that some simple aerobic exercise, such as walking, can expand a key part of the brain and improve memory. After a year, brain scans showed that among the walkers, the hippocampus […]

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