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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The Used Car Opportunity

January 24, 2017

Last spring in Retirement Watch I pointed out that used cars were becoming a better deal than new cars, and that used cars were about to become more attractive. There are a lot of car leases expiring, and those cars are coming on to the used car market. There’s a flood of used cars that’s […]

The Cash Cow Investing Strategy

January 20, 2017

This is a variation of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and apparently was developed by Meb Faber. Instead of looking only at dividends, the investor looks at dividends and net stock buy backs. Faber’s data say that the strategy has a better return than the Dogs strategy and also has less risk. Faber also […]

Another Reason to be Wary of Variable Annuities

January 20, 2017

Investors have received many warnings about variable annuities over the years, including in Retirement Watch. There’s another recent example of why to approach these contracts with caution. The Hartford is exercising its right to change the investment offerings in its variable annuities. Instead of offering 60 funds, holders will have to choose from 11 funds. […]

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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