RSSF. Marc Ruiz: Your Mind On Money
Most of us have heard about Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a digital currency alternative designed to facilitate online transactions between users providing a sort of currency neutral medium of exchange between buyers and sellers worldwide.
My mind is in kind of laid back mood this week. I guess you could say I’m in holiday mode.
The S&P 500 index of stocks traded briefly above the psychologically significant level of 1,800 this week.
On Thursday the Senate conducted the most important confirmation hearing of the Obama administration. The hearing involved the confirmation of Janet Yellen, the President’s nominee to take over for Ben Bernanke as the next Chairman of the Fed…
I’m feeling pretty positive nowadays. The column on the emergence of America’s energy sector as a global powerhouse and the resurgence of American manufacturing got me quite a bit of feedback.
I was privileged this week to attend a discussion presented by Jim Bowen, CEO of investment product company First Trust. With his boundless energy and entertaining style Bowen is always fun, but it is the scope of his material that leaves the…
After the government shutdown and debt-ceiling circus, it seems like the U.S. government is doing everything it can to diminish the stature of our dollar.
As I write the column it looks like the Federal government will find a way to kick the can down the road a bit and defer any major spending decisions until next year.
Last week we began to discuss the practical implications of what could occur if the U.S. federal government made the deliberate decision to miss a U.S. Treasury security interest or principal payment, which is called default.
The long dreaded government shutdown has arrived and to make a point about how important the government really is to all of us, whoever makes these decisions has decided to close our parks and attempt to provide the maximum level of inconveni…
In my experience, few topics elicit as much emotional response as the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Every American can tell you where they were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Those over 59 can probably tell you where they were Nov. 22, 1963. As someone heavily integrated into the financial world, I have similar a frame of mind when it comes…
So what happens if they close the government and nobody notices? Life goes on and we are vibrantly reminded the Federal government is actually not a proxy for our American society, but rather just an expensive provider of limited civil services?
Investing is never easy, and building a balanced portfolio is one of life’s most difficult endeavors.
We’ve all seen those fun Lexus commercials with the beautiful new car wrapped in a big bow somehow sitting under the indoor Christmas tree (that never happens to me). The tag line is the “December to Remember."
The Federal Reserve is charged with managing our money system, and by association, much of our economy. It is therefore of the utmost importance the Fed maintain a high level of credibility in this important role.
On Aug. 6 President Obama gave a speech in which he addressed the future of the housing market in the U.S., specifically in the context concerning the future of the much-maligned Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
The stock market pulled back again this week, almost quite predictably following comments by the Federal Reserve reminding us it would wind down its money printing, bond buying, quantitative easing (QE) program.
Like many Americans, I have been using web based portals to do banking, conduct investment transactions and I even prefer to use PayPal to send money to my college-aged daughter.
My friend and pastor, Father Joe out in Valparaiso, is always good for some words of wisdom. One of his pithy axioms is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity."
Perhaps no other substance in the world is more enigmatic, maligned and revered than gold.
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