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All-Time Highs and Stock Prices – Does Momentum Investing Work?

June 20, 2017

People are asking, “Should I avoid stocks since the indexes are hitting all-time highs?” One way to answer that question is to point out that stocks have been reaching all-time highs for a while, and then they continue to hit new all-time highs. This article presents that information in a more sophisticated way. It’s basic […]

Preparing for the End of the Bull Market

June 19, 2017

It’s one thing to worry about when the bull market in stocks will end. It’s another thing to really think about it and prepare for it. This article is an in-depth review of why people need to prepare for bear markets and the many options you have for setting your portfolio for bad times. As […]

How Much Should You Save For Retirement Each Year?

June 16, 2017

This article is mostly for younger people who are wondering what percentage of their income they should be saving for retirement. The thesis of the article is that there is no good rule of thumb. Each rule mentioned in the article has pros and cons. Here’s a point not made in the article. Save a […]

The Outlook for Earnings

June 15, 2017

What’s the outlook for U.S. corporate earnings and what does it mean for stocks? Earnings were in a recession, even while the economy grew, from 2014-2016. Earnings for most companies declined year-over-year during that period. Late in 2016, we finally saw positive and even robust earnings growth. Analysts generally expect such strong earnings growth to […]


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The Return of Active Managers and Hedge Funds

June 15, 2017

This article covers a conference that tipped against the current wisdom. The conference participants talked about the advantages of hedge funds and active stock fund managers. Most participants seemed to agree that over the last few years, the vehicles haven’t delivered what investors expected. But they expect that investors will want these vehicles sometime in […]

Worry About a Narrow Market – The Problem with Capitalization Weighted Indexes

June 15, 2017

It is the nature of capitalization-weighted indexes that a few large companies dominate the returns for the index. This becomes especially pronounced after long bullish runs. So, these days we hear a lot of talk about five to 10 stocks deceiving investors about the nature of the market. There’s some truth to that idea. But […]

Financial Advisors & Protection Against Elder Abuse

June 14, 2017

Regulators are empowering financial advisors to protect their senior clients from financial abuse. A new regulation will require advisors to obtain a trusted contact person for each client’s account and will allow advisers to avoid any liability for delaying transactions when they have suspicions of fraud, abuse, or reduced cognitive ability. Some states are going […]

Medical Spending in Old Age and Retirement

June 14, 2017

This is a policy/academic paper by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Yet, it’s interesting reading. It points out that medical spending varies by income level, with lower income people on average spending more on medical care. But most of that spending is due to nursing home costs. The paper also looks at […]

April 2021:
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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