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How You Die Depends On Where You Live

December 16, 2016

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed cause of death data in the U.S. and tabulated how the causes vary around the country. It turns out that some causes of death are disappearing in some areas or rising rapidly in other areas. The study doesn’t try to explain the trends. […]

The Fed Finally Moves

December 15, 2016

The Fed finally pulled the trigger on another interest rate hike after a year of hand-wringing, fretting and promises. The Fed also promised three increases in 2017. Of course, a year ago, the Fed announced it expected to increase the interest rate another four times in 2016. The new policy and pronouncements are the result […]

How to Assess Trump’s Economic Progress

December 13, 2016

The markets have moved a lot in anticipation of a large fiscal stimulus from the incoming Trump administration. In this article, an economist from the Bank of America says the markets at this point still aren’t pricing in everything he expects from the new administration. He gives two data points he’s going to watch to […]

Key Trends and Factors Entering 2017

December 8, 2016

As we head into the last few weeks of the year, here a few points to keep in mind about the economy and markets. ŸForecasts and predictions aren’t worth much. The Brexit vote, U.S. election, and Italian referendum were forecast to be major market-changers. The changes didn’t really happen, except in the U.S. the markets […]


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.

Why the CAPE Ratio Works

December 5, 2016

The cyclically-adjusted price-earnings ratio (CAPE), also known as the Shiller P-E ratio, attempts to smooth market valuations by using the 10-year P-E ratio instead of only current earnings. The problem for many investors is that the CAPE ratio has said U.S. stocks are highly overvalued for some time. Investors following CAPE missed a lot of […]

What Will Italy’s Referendum on Sunday Bring?

December 1, 2016

The attention of many investors and economists is shifting from the change of administrations in the United States to Sunday’s referendum in Italy. The result could have repercussions for the European Union exceeding those from last June’s Brexit vote, according to much of the pre-referendum hype. On Sunday, Italians will vote whether or not to […]

Jerry Seinfeld’s Top 10 Rules for Success

December 1, 2016

Evan Carmichael put together this video on YouTube that pieced together clips of Jerry Seinfeld to develop Seinfeld’s rules for success. 1.Chase physical and mental energy He graduated from Queens College, with a degree in communications and theater. 2.Find the torture you’re comfortable with He developed an interest in standup comedy after brief stints in […]

Variations in Medicare Spending

November 29, 2016

A few years ago the federal government started releasing detailed data about Medicare spending. Analysts quickly determined that Medicare spending averaged quite a bit around the country. Some areas have much higher average spending per Medicare beneficiary than others, and some providers bill Medicare much higher amounts. This blog post discusses a new study that […]

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