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February 2009

February 1, 2009

It Isn’t All Factored in Yet February 27, 2009 09:00 a.m. When the asset declines began in 2007 (and even before that) a number of investors and advisors began saying all the bad news already was factored into market prices. This mantra was repeated during and after each leg down in the markets, and especially […]

January 2009

January 1, 2009

January 29, 2009 10:25 a.m. Optimism Makes a Comeback Financial stocks soared Wednesday. Wells Fargo alone gained over 30%. Last week I discussed the sort of policies the government should implement to right the financial system and resolve the crisis. The recommendation involved having the government set up one or more bad banks to take […]

October – December 2008

December 1, 2008

RMD Relief for 2009, not 2008 December 19, 2008 05:00 p.m. Many IRAs experienced steep declines in their values in 2008. This can put a strain on those over age 70½. They are required to take minimum distributions from their IRAs and other qualified retirement accounts based on their values as of Dec. 31, 2007. […]

April – September 2008

September 1, 2008

September 30, 2008 10:30 a.m. The Shadow Bank Run Well, so much for the notion that short sellers were driving stock prices down. You know how much stocks declined yesterday, and they fell that far without anyone being allowed to sell short 900 or so stocks. I don’t know if the rescue plan that was […]

March 2008

March 1, 2008

March 24, 2008 01:00 p.m. Finally, a Bottom? There have been several false bottoms in the markets since the mortgage and credit crises began in August 2007. Last week’s holiday-shortened market action looks more positive than the previous bottom attempts. It was accompanied by several prominent forecasts that we had reached a bottom, including a […]

February 2008

February 1, 2008

February 24, 2008 03:00 p.m. A Digest of Analyses and Forecasts This past week I was treated to a range of presentations by a number of top investment professionals. You haven’t heard of many of them, but they are well regarded and worth listening to. I attended a seminar in Stamford, Connecticut and also heard […]

January 2008

January 1, 2008

January 22, 2008 02:10 p.m.The Big Sell Off It seems I caused a substantial decline in world stock markets. Last week I posted the February 2008 issue of Retirement Watch in which I argued that today’s market environment is more like 2001 or early 2002, with more losses to come, than it was like late […]

December 2007

December 1, 2007

December 17, 2007 3:05 p.m. The Specter of Inflation Rises Friday’s inflation report brought to the forefront something we warned about for some time: The threat of rising inflation is not dead. We are not living in the disinflationary and potentially deflationary era of the 1990s. Global growth and easy money policies around the world […]

May 2022:
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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