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Best Cash-Back Credit Card

June 7, 2018

CNBC says it analyzed 25 rewards credit cards and determine which one is the best for most people. Read the article in full if you’re interested. The methodology used might not match your spending, so the best card in the survey might not be best for you. The article also gives details about several other […]

Companies Set To Boost Stock Prices

June 7, 2018

Buybacks and other financial engineering strategies have supported stock prices for several years. The amount companies put into financial engineering seemed to be fading in late 2017 and early 2018. But this article says that companies are planning to pour a lot of fresh money into buybacks, dividend increases, and acquisitions in 2018. If current […]

How Valuable Is Silver?

June 6, 2018

Often described as a precious metal, silver hasn’t done much in the markets lately. This article puts the precious metal in perspective by comparing its price action and cost to other, more common goods. You’ll find parts of this to be eye-opening. Replacement printer ink cartridges can cost between $8 and $27, depending on the […]

How Much Should You Be Saving?

June 6, 2018

Young people should be saving a lot more than their parents and grandparents. There are a lot of reasons for this, including lower expected investment returns. This article argues that the pattern of contributions make over their lifetimes mean they should be contributing at least 20% of their earnings most of their careers. So during […]

End Of An Era

June 6, 2018

Camera-maker Canon announced that it won’t be selling any more film cameras. Digital has taken over. The company said it will continue to accept repair orders and other customer inquiries until Oct. 31, 2025, even after finishing selling the product. Canon’s film cameras have a sales history of about 80 years since the company’s predecessor […]

Another Lehman Brothers?

June 5, 2018

Following up on my last post, here’s a brief article discussing the potential for another significant global financial crisis. Its focus is on Italy and the potential for it to trigger financial difficulties around the globe. But it argues that a new crisis is not inevitable and compares it to the Greece financial crisis a […]

The Fed’s Tightrope Walk

June 5, 2018

I’ve said for a while that the biggest risk to the economy and the markets is that the Fed might tighten too much. We’re closer to the point when that’s possible. This article summarizes the situation. (Subscription might be required.) Points in favor of sustained monetary tightening are that the U.S. economy continues to do […]

Ray Dalio: Ask Me Anything

June 5, 2018

The head of Bridgewater Associates appeared on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series. Take a look at hte questions people asked and Dalio’s answers. The key to whatever success I’ve had has to do more with my dealing how to do with my not knowing than anything I know. While the power of a visionary “shaper” […]

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