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YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Decision on using 529 plans a no-brainer

Back to school week. Fresh haircuts, new clothes, young moms crying, seasoned moms cheering and at least for this dad, a fair dose of financial trauma.

August 21, 2014 10:03 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: A journey across this great nation

Every journey tells a tale. This week I finished a 5,048 mile, 17-day RV trek that took me across this great nation, to Oregon and back.

July 31, 2014 10:45 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: REIT sectory recovery another positive sign

A Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, is a specific type of company created and operated to manage income-producing real estate on behalf of investors.

July 24, 2014 10:35 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Fed shows confidence in recovery with policy changes

Investors got a peek this week at the mindset of the Federal Reserve when the Fed released its June meeting minutes for public review.

July 10, 2014 12:03 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Financial, estate planning a topic for all couples

Northwest Indiana news is the focus of national news this week involving the legal battle regarding same sex marriage.

July 03, 2014 5:45 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Investors not concerned about GDP

Investors were a bit rattled this week when the government released its third and final estimate of first quarter 2014 Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. A nation’s GDP is the measure all economic activity within its borders during a given time frame, which means it’s our nation’s “report card”…

June 26, 2014 11:11 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Keeping an eye on FACTA

Let’s have a little fun this week with a “paranoid conspiracy” version of the column.

June 19, 2014 9:16 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Big decision awaits new college students

June is a special time of year, especially for the recent high school graduates and their families. A time filled with open houses and strong emotions.

June 12, 2014 10:37 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Concepts apply to every retirement situation

If everything goes right, most of us will retire once, maybe twice, during our entire lifetime. This, of course, creates a justifiable level of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the retirement process.

May 29, 2014 10:17 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Declining bond yields may not mean trouble

In January, wrote in this column, “I will be watching the bond market for my queues on the stock market during 2014."

May 22, 2014 9:47 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: What does current trend is asset values mean?

So what does a black and white painting, a country estate in Connecticut and a Chinese Internet company all have in common?

May 15, 2014 12:00 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Caution is warrented in time of transition

A few weeks ago we discussed our aging bull market in U.S. stocks, and over the past month this trend has been affirmed.

May 08, 2014 9:56 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: New IRA rule could cost unaware investors

A potentially important rule clarification regarding IRA rollovers occurred recently, and the ruling could end up biting unaware investors.

May 01, 2014 9:56 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Earnings guidance provides optimism

The stock market for all its mystery can boil somewhat down to a couple of basic functions.

April 24, 2014 9:28 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Signs of aging appear in bull market

I’ll be 44 in three months, and I have to say the 40s feel pretty good. Lots of energy, and I can do about anything I used to do in my 20s, and I do.

April 17, 2014 10:03 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: A few last-minute tax savings tips

I talk to people about money every week, and in April many of the conversations I’m having are about taxes. Long story short, people are not very happy this year. It seems everyone I talk to – from my college-aged daughter to the most successful business owners – are simply not pleased.

April 10, 2014 10:33 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Don't be scared by rigged market claims

Last Sunday following the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament games the high profile news magazine show "60 Minutes" aired a segment proclaiming the “stock market is a rigged game.”

April 03, 2014 9:28 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: It's time to put the pain behind us

Ten year ago I suffered a knee injury while playing basketball. Anyone who has experienced a ligament tear in their knee knows the agony is excruciating. I described it as being enveloped in a blanket of pure pain.

March 20, 2014 4:36 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: We've come far in past five years

This week the U.S. stock market crossed the five year anniversary of the post 2008-09 financial crisis low point.

March 13, 2014 11:18 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Deplorable Ukraine situation a distraction for investors

The main disruption this week for investors centered on the tensions in the Crimea region of the Eastern Ukraine.

March 06, 2014 10:06 am

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On my first “Your Mind on Money” radio show on 89.1 The Lakeshore, I stated the housing market was so deeply damaged by the financial crisis it would not serve as a useful economic metric for five years.

February 27, 2014 9:33 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Think about life insurance

In the realm of financial planning, the topic of life insurance has about as much appeal as a root canal.

February 20, 2014 8:16 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Fed continues grand experiment

Investors got a chance to see and hear incoming Fed Chairwoman Janice Yellen this week when she testified in front Congress for the first time. The stock market apparently took Chairwoman Yellen’s testimony as an excuse to stall the current down trend and rally a bit.

February 13, 2014 10:29 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Chinese credit bubble likely won't end well

If you’ve followed my column then you know I’ve never been a believer in the “Chinese miracle” economy.

February 06, 2014 12:37 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Emerging market nations may emerge to be troubling

After a strong 2013, the U.S. stock market was certainly due a breather, and whether the recent 4 percent decline in the S&P 500 is the start of a bona fide correction or simply just a breather remains to be seen.

January 30, 2014 9:36 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: The good and bad with Obamacare

Not long before the new Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, website (www.healthcare.gov) was supposed to go online I wrote a column with some practical advice on this new program.

January 23, 2014 10:25 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Keep an eye on what's happening in Europe

My Purdue student announced over break she had decided to study abroad in Europe this coming summer.

January 16, 2014 9:35 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: A forecast for financial markets in 2014

No one has a crystal ball, and both individual investors and professional investors face many of the same challenges.

January 09, 2014 9:50 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: 2013 was increadible year for financial markets

Each year around this time I write a predictions column outlining trends I anticipate over the next year.

January 02, 2014 11:56 am Related

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Over the course of the four Christmas meals I’ve indulged in over the past few days (I need to get to the gym), I have come to realize the recent credit card record breach announced by Target is a big topic on the minds of the ladies around the table.

December 26, 2013 10:33 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: QE may be more coincidental than causational

As has been said, the “business of America is business," and we are very good at it.

December 12, 2013 9:45 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Not champing at the bit for BitCoin

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.

December 05, 2013 2:50 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: We have luxury of having choice

My mind is in kind of laid back mood this week. I guess you could say I’m in holiday mode.

November 28, 2013 12:06 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Bubbles are hard to detect

The S&P 500 index of stocks traded briefly above the psychologically significant level of 1,800 this week.

November 21, 2013 10:31 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Writing may be on the wall with Fed nominee

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 Federal Reserve Bank.

November 14, 2013 9:17 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: The four stages to a bull market

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.

November 07, 2013 11:07 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: America’s future can indeed be bright

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 crowd most inspired by the end of his talk.

October 31, 2013 11:22 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: The Chinese shouldn't throw currency stones

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.

October 25, 2013 12:00 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Twitter worth getting to know

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.

October 17, 2013 9:08 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Default unlikely, but strategy should be devised

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.

October 10, 2013 9:15 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Shutdown could have troubling economic effect

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 inconvenience possible.

October 04, 2013 2:24 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Everyone should educate themselves on ACA

In my experience, few topics elicit as much emotional response as the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

September 26, 2013 7:57 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Five years later, world still isn't the same

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 to Sept. 13, 2008.

September 19, 2013 9:12 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Which is the truly safe investment choice?

Investing is never easy, and building a balanced portfolio is one of life’s most difficult endeavors.

September 05, 2013 12:00 pm

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Get ready for some interesting times ahead

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."

August 29, 2013 11:03 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Unwinding process makes investors nervous

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.

August 22, 2013 9:16 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Markets being 'parented' by Fed

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.

August 08, 2013 10:15 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Awareness part of battle against scams

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.

August 01, 2013 9:22 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: Will gold lose any of its luster?

Perhaps no other substance in the world is more enigmatic, maligned and revered than gold.

July 19, 2013 8:05 am

YOUR MIND ON MONEY: U.S. still a better long-term bet

I remember 1993. I was finishing up at Purdue and the U.S. was in a nasty little recession. Not a good thing for a new college grad.

July 11, 2013 10:09 am
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