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This week the U.S. stock market crossed the five year anniversary of the post 2008-09 financial crisis low point.
The main disruption this week for investors centered on the tensions in the Crimea region of the Eastern Ukraine.
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.
In the realm of financial planning, the topic of life insurance has about as much appeal as a root canal.
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.
If you’ve followed my column then you know I’ve never been a believer in the “Chinese miracle” economy.
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.
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.
My Purdue student announced over break she had decided to study abroad in Europe this coming summer.
No one has a crystal ball, and both individual investors and professional investors face many of the same challenges.
Each year around this time I write a predictions column outlining trends I anticipate over the next year.
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.
As has been said, the “business of America is business," and we are very good at it.
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 Federal Reserve Bank.
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 crowd most inspired by the end of his talk.
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 inconvenience possible.
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 to Sept. 13, 2008.
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.
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.
Perhaps no other substance in the world is more enigmatic, maligned and revered than gold.
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.
A study released in April by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed home ownership among individuals paying off student debt is 36 percent lower than among individuals of similar age without student loan debt.
I went fishing in Canada last week with a great group of guys. I was motivated to do my part on the night of our walleye feast, and after watching some YouTube videos on filleting I was sure I was ready to deliver.
I continue to observe the Japanese markets with interest, not because I am heavily invested there, but because I continue to be concerned with how the “Japanese experience” may foretell trends that could occur in the U.S.
What’s good is bad; what’s bad is good. There have been a few times in my investing career when this paradigm has existed, and we may be heading into this topsy-turvey market environment once again.
In case you didn’t notice, the stock market has been reaching new highs on an almost weekly basis for most of 2013.
A dear family member passed away last week, and some of the activity required to deal with the affairs of the estate has fallen to my Mom.
My wife is from Cincinnati, and she misses her family dearly. We do a good job of staying connected with frequent visits, but she tells me she misses everyday stuff like lunch with her sister or a nephew’s soccer game.
In August 2011, I refinanced my primary mortgage. It was right about the time S&P downgraded the credit rating of U.S. Treasury debt, which strangely enough caused interest rates to dive. I got a 4.12 percent rate. I was quite confident this would be the last mortgage I would ever have o…
Like it or not, Obamacare, or parts of it at least, look here to stay with a number of provisions starting this year.
I recently attended an investment conference. These types of conference are typically structured with daily group sessions, interspersed with breakout sessions allowing attendees to explore ideas they find of particular interest.
Late last week the financial world was stunned by an announcement from the Bank of Japan that the central bank would begin a program of buying financial assets including not only Japanese government bonds but stock market based investments and real estate investment trusts.
We have discussed a number of times of the past few months the concept of Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT.
Perhaps the most difficult financial planning subject to address is the question of long-term care.
I’ve always been fairly decent at geography, so Sunday evening when headlines were buzzing with news of Cyprus, I turned to the globe for some frame of reference.
Some of the most common questions posed to me have to do with gold.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeded its 2007 record peak with great fanfare this week.
After subjecting readers and myself to what seemed like endless discussion of the frightful “fiscal cliff,” I was done talking about the incessant shenanigans coming out Washington, D.C.
“Currency War” is the most recent buzz term in the financial media.
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