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Seniors and Scams

April 21, 2017

New research from Cornell University indicates why some seniors are scam victims. The study found that victims and non-victims have many similar traits. Their personalities are normal and they can do arithmetic just fine. But the study found that their brains are different, with the scam victims showing atrophy in certain parts of the brain. […]

The Next Financial Danger Point?

April 20, 2017

Are subprime auto loans the next shoe to drop in the economy? Auto loans have been getting a lot of attention. In a recent issue of Barron’s, two unrelated articles discussed auto loans as a potential source of worry for the economy and regulators. Since the financial crisis, auto loans have been one of the […]

Hidden Costs of ETFs

April 18, 2017

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are charging dirt cheap fees in many cases. But many ETF owners don’t buy and hold them. ETFs are used for trading by a lot of investors. This article points out that the trading leads to a lot of costs, both hidden and visible. Inefficiencies in the system result in mispriced ETFs, […]

Working After Age 65

April 17, 2017

Surveys over the last 10 years or so, and labor force data, say that today’s 50 and older crowd want to work longer than the previous generation. This article discusses some recent surveys about those who work past age 65, especially those who change jobs and careers to do so. It also offers tips to […]


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A TIPS Update

April 14, 2017

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) have been around for 20 years now. How have they done as an investment? reviews their performance, the expectations, and when TIPS might be good for a portfolio. The introduction of TIPS brought with it a market-determined observable real rate of interest, which is what the yield on a TIPS […]

Planning for Tomorrow’s Problems

April 13, 2017

How should portfolios be positioned for the long-term risks and worries in the economy? That’s the key question facing many investors today, and how you answer it matters a lot to your long-term financial independence. I don’t have to give you details about the risks and problems in the global economy. There are plenty of […]

The New Look in Obituaries

April 13, 2017

If you don’t prepare an obituary as part of your estate planning package, your heirs might have a bit of fun with it, according to The Wall Street Journal (subscription might be required). The article says that funeral home directors noticed that in recent years survivors have been willing to point out that no one […]

Defending Investment Management Fees

April 12, 2017

The Yale University Endowment Fund doesn’t follow the low-cost, index investing strategy of portfolio management. Instead, it owns a lot of hedge funds, private equity funds, and similar investments. The endowment pays a lot of fees to the managers of these funds, and it thinks that’s a good idea. In its annual report the endowment […]

November 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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