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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 […]

Irish Eyes are Crying

February 8, 2011

Global banking problems are so pervasive that not all of them receive the attention they deserve. Ireland is a small country, but it’s very important economically. During the 1990s and 2000s, Ireland was considered an example of how a country could change its policies to establish strong long-term growth and compete in a global economy. […]

An Inflation Warning

February 8, 2011

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke insists that the Fed’s aggressive QE 2 policy is not causing global commodity inflation or creating the risk of high inflation in a few years. Allan Meltzer, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon and a prominent economist, disagrees. He believes the Fed is repeating mistakes it made in the […]

Spending and Investing at 65

February 8, 2011

An online publications called Advisor Perspectives recently published an interesting article asking different financial advisors and money managers what they think about financial risk and how investors should think about risk. They specifically asked about an average 25 year old and average 65 year old. I’m always interested in the thoughts of Rob Arnott of […]

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