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Retirement Watch March 2011

February 16, 2011

The March 2011 issue of Retirement Watch now is posted on the members’ web site. Members can go directly to the site and view or download the new issue. Non-members can join now at […]

The End of the New York Stock Exchange

February 16, 2011

A little over 10 years ago I was able to visit the New York Stock Exchange as the guest of a member. That allowed us to get on to the floor of the exchange, walk around, watch and listen to people make trades, and generally get the atmosphere of the place. At the time the […]

They Had to Know

February 16, 2011

Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff gave his first interview to the New York Times. Madoff still maintains that all his family members were innocent and had no role in or knowledge of his crimes. In an apparent attempt to improve his image, Madoff said the scheme was not a fraud at the start and that early […]

How to Manipulate Google Search – Briefly

February 15, 2011

Those who use Internet search sites, whether to find things or have their web sites found by others, should read the piece in today’s New York Times. It tells the story of how J.C. Penney managed to fight its way to the top of Google’s rankings during the critical Christmas shopping season for a wide […]

Secret of Long Life Revealed

February 15, 2011

An exhaustive study concluded that people who consumer higher amounts of fiber, especially from grains, are significantly less likely to die over a nine-year period than others. Fiber is found in whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables, and fruit. But the study found that those who consumer the most whole grains had a longevity advantage over […]

Why iShares Gold?

February 15, 2011

When I’ve recommended gold investments in the last few years, I’ve recommended buying iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU). I periodically receive questions about the choice of vehicle. Some wonder why use an ETF. Buying gold through an ETF allows you to buy and sell easily, each day, and at a very low cost. The costs […]

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 […]

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