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Bob Carlson offers his expert opinion on where to invest your money so that you can get through retirement safely and securely

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Bob’s Journal for 9/3

September 3, 2020

It is the World War II era all over again as far as monetary and fiscal policy are concerned. This week, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that in 2020, the federal debt held by the public will exceed gross domestic product (GDP). This is the first time that’s happened since World War II. In addition, […]

What the Markets Are Telling Us About the Economy

August 18, 2020

Investment markets often tell us more about the economy than the economic data.These days, trends have changed before most of the standard economic data are reported. Plus, the data often are incomplete or based on estimates because so many businesses and government agencies have been fully or partially closed. The markets can give us a […]

Lining Up Your Cash Sources for the Next Emergency

August 18, 2020

Many people found they lacked a safe, reliable source of cash in March when investors became concerned about the coronavirus pandemic. Markets were falling. Businesses were closing. A credit crunch was spreading through the markets and the economy. The only option for many people was to raise the cash they needed to pay expenses by […]

Who’s Winning the Tug of War?

July 28, 2020

Policymakers started losing the tug of war during the summer.In the June issue, I said the fate of the economy and markets depended on the outcome of a tug of war. On one side is the coronavirus. Its effects are cur-tailing economic growth.On the other side is fiscal and monetary stimulus from the central bank […]

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July 17, 2020

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The Hibernation Economy Starts to Wake

June 23, 2020

Volatility has been a hallmark of the markets in 2020, and that isn’t going to change for a while.After years of extremely low levels, this year volatility in stocks, bonds, gold and other investments soared to levels com-parable only to the financial crisis and a few other extreme periods. Traders and investors who depend on […]

The Hibernation Economy and Beyond: Investment and Economic Review

June 12, 2020

The economy has been in a recession or worse since mid-March. What will happen next? How should you respond? This month’s Retirement Watch Spotlight Series is the semiannual Investment and Economic Review, and we’re going to take a deep look at those issues. The data reports are way behind what we know is happening in […]

How to Weather the COVID-19 Storm and Its Aftermath

May 8, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic dramatically changed the economy and markets in only a few months. It also altered the retirement plans of many people. This month’s Retirement Watch Spotlight Series is a detailed look at the many changes brought on by the pandemic. I discuss how you should respond to them and how you shouldn’t respond. […]

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