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How Moving Averages Are Used In Retirement Investing

December 6, 2018

Moving averages tell us a lot about the stock market, and they’re saying something interesting now. Investors often use moving averages to assess market momentum. A simple moving average is an average of the investment’s closing price over the specified period. To determine the 200-day moving average of the S&P 500, you add the closing […]

Your Retirement Finance Week in Review

November 29, 2018

The Federal Reserve might have signaled a pause in its tightening policy, but it’s too soon for investors to relax. The Fed began talking about tighter monetary policy in 2013. Then-chairman Ben Bernanke’s remarks led to what is known as the taper tantrum. Markets, especially bond markets, panicked at the notion that the Fed might […]

Portfolio Changes to Increase Our Margin of Safety Amid Market Volatility

November 26, 2018

This is a good time to be cautious and defensive in your investment portfolio. In this transition from the late stage of economic growth to a period of declining growth, we want to continue our long-standing policy of having a margin of safety and balance in our portfolios, and that requires a few changes in […]

3 Possible Scenarios As The Fed Tightens Monetary Policy

November 20, 2018

Tighter monetary policy is affecting the economy and markets, and the stimulus from last year’s tax cuts is fading. Yet the Fed is determined to continue tightening money. Economic growth has slowed from its robust rate of the second quarter, and there are clear decelerations in housing and vehicle sales. Growth in manufacturing also is […]

Economic Data Shows Continued Strength

November 15, 2018

The big issue for investors in the coming months is how the Federal Reserve will react to continuing strength in the labor market. Right now, the labor market is strong almost any way you measure it. Indeed, the unemployment rate is extremely low and has been for some time. The number of job openings exceeds […]

Will Fed Officials Continue to Drive Stock Prices Lower?

November 1, 2018

The October decline in stocks was triggered by hawkish messages from an array of Federal Reserve officials. The first remarks were from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who said in an Oct. 3 interview on PBS that “we’re a long way from neutral” in monetary policy. Powell said the economy no longer needed the extremely low […]

Market Turmoil Offers Economic Insight

October 25, 2018

The recent stock market decline reveals a lot about the economy. Until the last few weeks, the lagging sectors in the stock market were the interest-rate-sensitive sectors. Joining them were low-quality companies, including those with the weakest balance sheets. Home builder stocks were some of the worst performers during that period, followed by utilities and […]

Making Plans as a Turning Point Approaches

October 19, 2018

The tumble in global markets that took hold in October was widespread, leaving few investments untainted. Because we strive to be diversified and hold assets with margins of safety, many of our positions held up better than the market indexes. We won’t need to clean house in our portfolios this month, because we haven’t been […]

December 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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