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Finding Interesting Opportunities outside the United States

February 2, 2017

While investors are focused primarily on the U.S. economy and markets, they’re missing some changes in Japan and Europe. Let’s start with Europe. Many analysts have been negative about Europe for a while, especially since the “Brexit” vote last June when U.K. citizens chose to leave the European Union. But Brexit is going to be […]

Stocks vs. Treasury Bills: Which is the Highest Performing Investment

February 2, 2017

Are stocks really the highest-returning investment? Research argues that treasury bills outperform all but a handful of stocks over the long-term. Here’s the research, and here’s a review of it. Most common stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills. Fifty eight percent of common stocks have holding period returns less than those on one-month Treasuries over […]

Criticizing “A Case Against Sugar”

February 1, 2017

Here’s something you won’t see much of. It’s a review of the book, The Case Against Sugar, that largely disagrees with the book’s thesis for the most part. The problem is the book argues that everything bad is the cause of sugar consumption. Stephan Guyenet argues that a series of acts and conditions lead to […]

Stories of a Bond Bear Market

January 31, 2017

Bloomberg.com has an interesting article in which it interviewed five bond market experts who are hold enough to remember the last time we had an extended bear market in bonds, way back before 1982. They reminisce about what things were like when the bull market began. Younger people who have never experienced more than a […]

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Tips for Living on $60 Per Week in Retirement

January 30, 2017

A CNBC reporter decided to see if she could live for two months on $60 per week, after her fixed expenses. As a progress report she offers these five strategies on enjoying your life while spending less. It’s all good common sense. One thing I’ve noticed is that, regarding money, today’s young adults are more […]

Social Security Full Retirement Age is Rising

January 30, 2017

The Social Security reforms put in place in 1983 gradually raised the full retirement age (FRA), the age at which you can receive full benefits. FRA’s been at 66 for a while. But for those turning 62 this year, the FRA increases to 66 and two months. It continues to increase for people born after […]

Stocks are Surging. What About the Economy?

January 26, 2017

The strongest responses to the election have been in U.S. stocks, the dollar and sentiment surveys. Each has had positive responses, with the consumer confidence and sentiment surveys soaring. The business sentiment surveys also have been strongly positive since the election. Historically, certain actions follow changes in sentiment. Rising retail sales follow surges in consumer […]

Technology’s Impact on Health Care Costs in Retirement

January 25, 2017

In the first edition of The New Rules of Retirement I noted that medical costs were rising because we had treatments that didn’t exist in the past. The treatments cost money. The New York Times backed this up recently with a piece that said technology, not longevity, is what’s causing the rise in health care […]

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