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The Dividend Growth Investing Myth

May 1, 2017

Do stocks with consistently increasing dividends earn higher long-term returns than other stocks. That’s the accepted wisdom. Take a look at this article from Meb Faber. He argues that the dividend growth dominance is based on a chart issued by a market research firm that used an unconventional method of computing the returns. Once a […]

Retirement Exodus to Sun Belt Accelerates

May 1, 2017

After pausing for a few years due to the financial crisis and other factors, the number of Americans moving from the Northeast and Midwest to the South increased in 2016. The number of people moving south still is a small amount of the Baby Boomer population, and most people stay near their long-time residences after […]

A Danger of Index Investing

April 28, 2017

A reason many people invest in index funds is to reduce some risks. They don’t want the risks that their manager is too heavily invested in a stock that goes bad, for example. But there are special risks of index investing. One of those risks is due to changes in the index or how it […]

Why We Pick the Wrong Investment and Mutual Fund Managers

April 28, 2017

Maybe the reason most investment managers underperform the indexes is that investors, both individual and institutional investors, do a poor job of selecting managers. That’s the thesis of this blog post from Ben Hunt of Salient Investors. He says that most investment decisions are made by engaging in data mining first and them developing a […]


What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.

Politics Whipsaws the Markets

April 27, 2017

Interesting changes continue to occur in the markets, and they show the importance of balanced portfolios. Remember, after the election, the dollar and U.S. stocks rose. The rise in U.S. stocks was focused primarily in smaller, domestic-oriented companies. The larger U.S. companies with multinational activities suffered, while stocks of companies outside the United States also […]

Stock Market Valuations at 1997 Levels?

April 27, 2017

You’ve probably seen a number of reports indicating that U.S. stock indexes have valuations above or near historic highs. Here’s an alternate view. The Leuthold Group uses six measures to value U.S. stocks. In aggregate these measures show that stock valuations are around the levels of 1997. That could mean the current rally has about […]

Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Rise Again

April 27, 2017

This article reviews the latest survey of the market. It finds that premiums are rising (no surprise) and that more and more of those over age 50 aren’t purchasing because they believe the premiums are too high. But this tells only part of the picture. Many people are buying the hybrid annuities or life insurance […]

Staying Alert in This Transition Period

April 26, 2017

This is not the time to be complacent about the markets or our portfolios. There still are opportunities for safe, solid profits, but there also are potential problems ahead we need to keep on our radar screens. The economy is humming along. It is growing a little above capacity and at a faster rate than […]

December 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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