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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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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 […]

One-Stop Portfolios

July 17, 2020

One-Stop Portfolio (9/14/2023)

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 […]


What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.

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. […]

Welcome to the Hibernation Economy

April 28, 2020

We’re not in a recession or depression. We’re in a great hibernation.Economic downturns usually are triggered by tighter monetary policy or speculation that creates major imbalances. Occasionally, an external shock to the system, such as the coronavirus pandemic, causes the economy to decline.That, in many ways, is the good news. Governments ordered the decline economic […]

The Hibernation Economy: The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Your Finances

April 10, 2020

In this month’s Retirement Watch Spotlight Series, I take a detailed look at the coronavirus pandemic, how the government is responding to it and its effects on the economy and your retirement finances. There’s a lot that’s new in the pandemic. The newness creates more uncertainty and increases market volatility. But there’s also much that […]

Investors Finally Find Things to Worry About

March 19, 2020

Investor complacency finally was broken in late February. In the 11 years since the bull market began, investors ignored a lot of reasons to sell stocks, especially in the last few years. We never know what will begin a market correction or bear market. We do know that when markets climb for so long, become […]


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