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Default Won’t Happen

July 26, 2011

The administration publicly has been warning of the dire consequences of a failure to raise the debt limit while privately telling leading bank executives that a default isn’t going to happen, even if the limit is not raised by August 2, according to Fox News. But a default isn’t the only thing to worry about. […]

Making the Crisis Work

July 26, 2011

Government officials justified their actions throughout the financial crisis through economic theory. Yet, the measures taken haven’t worked. They did to some extent stabilize the system and keep the economy from collapsing into a full-scale Depression. But for the amount of debt accumulated, we haven’t gotten much of a result. Lacey Hunt and Van Hoisington […]

No Debt Deal = Lower Interest Rates

July 26, 2011

We’re used to unconventional thinking from Jeff Gundlach of DoubleLine Total Return Bond fund. In his latest conference call he didn’t disappoint. One point Gundlach made in the call was interest rates on treasury bonds could actually decline after a debt deal is not reached. The same thing happened after quantitative easing ended, which was […]

Investors Seeking More Protection

July 25, 2011

The financial crisis had a reaction in many investors. They now are looking for protection in investments more than they are looking for income or growth. That’s not a surprise given the extent of the losses in the last two bear markets, and also the frequency of the down markets. That generally means seeking insurance […]

Shooting Down Another Retirement Myth

July 25, 2011

One of the common beliefs about retirement is that after stopping work people migrate to warm weather states such as Florida and Arizona. A lot of people do that, but they’re in the minority. The bulk of retirees stay in the same states and even in the same counties where they lived during their careers. […]

Financial Worry Widespread

July 25, 2011

Americans of all wealth levels and other demographic categories are worried about the economic situation. One survey indicated two-thirds of middle income Baby Boomers believe they’ll have a more difficult time in retirement than their parents did, and 60% of them envy the guaranteed pension income their parents had. The study also noted that the […]

The Failure of Positive Thinking

July 25, 2011

There are plenty of self-help books, web sites, and theories. A popular concept is you can achieve whatever you want by imagining it, and imagining you’ve already achieved it. Some people swear it works. Others say it doesn’t, and they’re backed up by academic research. Imaging success not only doesn’t help, it sets you up […]

Questioning the Recovery

July 22, 2011

We’ve been saying for a couple of months now that the economy stalled. Others expect a second half burst, as happened in 2010. We don’t. Columnist David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal has an excellent summary of the three theories of the economy at this point. He rates the first theory (that the downturn […]

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