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The Big Surprises of 2020

January 17, 2020

Many investors entered 2020 thinking they can sit back and enjoy low-risk returns. The thought is understandable but wrong. A major cause for optimism is that the Federal Reserve and other central banks made clear they won’t tighten the money supply for a long time. The central bankers are willing to err on the side […]

The Fed’s New Paradigm and Your Retirement Finances: Investment and Economic Review December 2019

December 13, 2019

The Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world recently made a dramatic change in their outlook and policies. Most investors still haven’t grasped the significance of the change and why it was made. In this edition of the Retirement Watch Spotlight Series, I explain in detail why central banks have sharply reversed their […]

Are We About to Repeat 2015-2016?

December 12, 2019

The big question for investors hasn’t changed. Will 2019-2020 be similar to 2015-2016, or will we slide into a recession? In 2015, the U.S. economy was so slow that several historically reliable indicators of an imminent recession were waiving red flags. The global economy was even weaker. By early 2016, global stock markets were falling […]

The Fed Recognizes the World Has Changed

November 20, 2019

Central banks in the developed world made a historic shift in their policies the last few months, and many people haven’t noticed or don’t realize the significance. The Federal Reserve and other central banks now are actively and preemptively fighting deflation. In the past, central banks were most concerned about containing inflation and they’d tighten […]

The Fed Recognizes the World Has Changed

November 15, 2019

Central banks in the developed world made a historic shift in their policies the last few months, and many people haven’t noticed or don’t realize the significance. The Federal Reserve and other central banks now are actively and preemptively fighting deflation. In the past, central banks were most concerned about containing inflation and they’d tighten […]

Will Businesses Tip Us Into a Recession?

October 28, 2019

Will consumer spending continue to support business growth, or will sagging business growth drag down consumer spending? There are two contradictory trends in the economy, and they aren’t likely to co-exist indefinitely. It is clear that business activity is slower than a year ago, and businesses are reducing their investments. Manufacturing is performing the worst. […]

Recession: Weighing the Pluses and Minuses in the Data

September 25, 2019

Will central banks save the economy and markets from the bankers’ mistakes, the global trade conflicts and political events? I’ve said for some time that the greatest risk to the economy and markets is that the Fed might tighten monetary policy too much, and I said in 2018 that the tightening the Fed initiated in […]

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 […]

January 2021:

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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