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Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week

August 13, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week Gold and silver finally are taking a break from their runs to historic highs. As of last Friday, the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) was up 33.59% for the year to date. A lot of that return came in a strong run from June through last Friday. […]

Bob’s Journal for 8/6/20

August 6, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week The stock market appears to be dividing into an increasingly smaller group of haves and much larger have-nots. The Nasdaq 100 has been the best-performing index for a while. But most of its members have not participated in the latest surge. For example, though the index […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/20/20

July 30, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week Two headlines in today’s Wall Street Journal show how the pandemic has upended the economy. In fact, the economy has changed rapidly. In addition, some businesses have been helped while others have been hurt badly. One headline said, “U.S. Economy Posts Sharpest Downturn on Record.” It […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/23/20

July 23, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week Looking Beyond the Unemployment Claims Headlines The employment market probably is worse than the weekly data indicate. Most of the focus is on the number of new unemployment claims and the continuing claims. Those are very good measures of trends in the economy and labor markets. […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/16/20

July 16, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week Good News on the Coronavirus Front There has been a surge of positive news in the last few days about the prospects for one or more vaccines against the coronavirus. The German firm BioNTech, which is partnering with Pfizer on a vaccine, is indicating it plans […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/9/20

July 9, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week The Wealthy Cut Their Spending There was a lot of interesting information below the headlines of the recent reports on income and spending. The stimulus programs Congress enacted beginning in March were designed to replace income that households and businesses lost due to stay-at-home policies. The […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/2/20

July 2, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week I’ve been saying it for a while, but other analysts are coming around to my view of the economy. Investors and analysts have been trying to predict which letter of the alphabet the economic recovery from the pandemic will most resemble. Initial predictions were for a […]

Bob’s Journal for 6/25/20

June 25, 2020

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week IRS Expands RMD Waiver The IRS provided some big tax breaks for those who took required minimum distributions (RMDs) early this year and also for people who took RMDs from inherited IRAs. The much-awaited detailed guidance explains how RMDs are affected by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief […]

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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