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How to Navigate the Two Faces of the Economy

July 23, 2019

The outlook for the economy and markets depends on what data are assessed. The consumer and household side of the economy can’t get much better. Indeed, consumer confidence remains near all-time highs and the optimism contributes to rising retail sales growth. Retail sales are volatile from month to month, but the average over several months […]

Bob’s Journal for 07/11

July 11, 2019

The technology sector is changing in ways that investors need to know. Technology has been the leading sector in the economy for some time. The growth and innovation in the sector has been a significant contributor to overall economic growth. Developments in tech have benefited most sectors of the economy. Companies have become more competitive […]

Bob’s Journal for 7/3/19

July 3, 2019

Several interesting and important data points caught my attention this week and merit your attention. You might have seen reports noting that this month, the U.S. economy set a new record. The 121-month recovery since June 2009 is the longest period the economy has gone without a recession. The previous record was set from March […]

Bob’s Journal for 6/27

June 27, 2019

It is a good idea for investors to keep an eye on the market performance of semiconductor companies. I don’t recommend using only one indicator to assess where the market is likely to head, but the semiconductors have a good history of tipping us off to market and economic downturns. This makes a lot of […]

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Why Portfolios Need More Diversification Now

June 27, 2019

We’re clearly in the late phase of the economic and investment cycle. The big debate is about how late we are in the cycle. The U.S. economy is past the cycle peak. Jobs are being created and workers are being hired at slower rates than a year ago. Corporate spending and investment are down. Industrial […]

A College Football Star Has Financial Lessons for Your Grandkids

June 27, 2019

Your children and grandchildren probably won’t take much financial advice from you. But a college football star might persuade them to save and invest. Christian Wilkins was a defensive lineman on Clemson’s national championship team and was the 13th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Wilkins also […]

Interest Rate Trends Changed the Annuity Market and Created an Opportunity

June 27, 2019

Interest rates changed dramatically in little more than six months, and that’s changed the landscape for annuity shoppers. Payouts on immediate annuities, deferred income annuities (also known as longevity annuities) and fixed deferred annuities usually change with the interest rate on the 10-year treasury bond. Late in 2018, those annuities were offering their most attractive […]

Congress Plans to Kill the Stretch IRA, But You Can Do An End-Around

June 27, 2019

We’re nearing a critical time for many Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners. Advance IRA planning will be imperative if you want to maximize the after-tax value of your IRA for heirs and avoid the new tax burden Congress has in mind. As I explained last month, despite the deadlock and division in Washington, the Setting […]

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