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Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

Cocks & Bonds: That Time I Considered Hiring a Sex Worker as a Man With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability and sex work is never openly discussed. We need to start asking: how does it feel to pay for sex or sexual pleasure, not necessarily because you have the capital or even the desire to, but because you feel you may have no other choice?

The Fed's Decision And The Developing Countries

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Will those edgy portfolio investors stampede indiscriminately out of--and wreak havoc among--middle- and low-income countries if the Fed lifts interest rates this September, for the first time in almost a decade?

Aggressive HFT in U.S. Treasuries

Irene Aldridge | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

U.S. regulators have recently questioned the role that high-frequency trading (HFT) plays in the bond market. The latest research from AbleMarkets studies a subclass of HFTs known as aggressive HFT. The research shows that:

Confusion Reigns

Michael Farr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Economic data and financial-asset prices don't always paint the same picture about the health of the economy.

Profile: Kimra Bettasso -- 401K Advice for a New Generation

David Jensen | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
David Jensen

Kimra Bettasso is a Financial Consultant and Founder of 401k Retire Logic and 401k Legit. I asked her about her unique approach to this market.

Has the Chinese Market Finished "Correcting"?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

All things considered, the major equity markets of the world have been fairly orderly for the past year and a half. That is, all except the Chinese market.

A Sister Kissed Her

Robbi Rucker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Robbi Rucker

I can be seen as a "cancer patient going through chemotherapy" yet this is not what this story is about -- it's about love. It's not about current conventional medical treatments, side effects, limitations or miracles. It's about sister magic.

Riding a Growth Wave

Michael Farr | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

It is still early days for the American newfound interest in health and wellness, but as organics only make up 5 percent of total food sales I think the industry has a long runway of growth ahead.

Even After A Contentious Split, My Mom Was There For My Dad Until The End

Sheila Brennan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Divorce
Sheila Brennan

My mother lost her husband of 56 years recently. They were married for 42 years; divorced for 14. When they separated back in the '90s, none of the 10 offspring could have predicted the events that occurred when my father was admitted to the ICU nearly 800 miles away.

Your Best Bond Strategy. Interview with Bond Strategist Kathy A. Jones.

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

For years, pundits have debated about the timing of a rise in interest rates, pouring over the Federal Reserve Minutes and analyzing every new comma in the press releases.

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

I've stated repeatedly that a massive amount of stimulus has been required to generate GDP growth of just 2.0%-2.5% annually since the end of the Great Recession (June 2009). We have further said that the removal or reversal of some of these stimulants will be a tough hurdle for the economy to overcome.

Poking Holes in the Strong-Dollar Thesis

Michael Farr | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The dollar began its ascent against other major world currencies in mid-2014. The move higher was fast and furious, but the greenback ran into some resistance beginning in the middle of March.

Things You Want To Know About Investing But Are Afraid To Ask -- Part 2

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.27.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Last week I talked about investing concepts that people want to understand but are too often afraid to ask about -- things like asset allocation, diversification and risk. But if you're unclear on a concept, I say ask. And ask again if you don't completely understand.

Eight Percent Tax Free With a Government Guarantee

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Robert Rosenkranz

Puerto Rico, though it is not a state, has the privilege of issuing municipal bonds. Interest on those bonds is free from U.S. taxes. Typical municipal bonds pay 3 percent returns these days. But Puerto Rico's municipal bonds pay 8 percent or more.

Fed Near the Cliff

Michael Farr | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The incessant parsing and analysis of each and every Fed utterance is becoming quite comical. God love Steve Liesman and Mark Zandi, but are they really adding much value by trying to read between the lines of each statement from each Fed member?

Why Do Interest Rates Keep Decreasing?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The market's response to Wednesday's economic data was somewhat perplexing at first blush.

Waiting for Animal Spirits

Michael Farr | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

We could see a scenario whereby the masses become so energized and confident as to overcome the removal of record amounts of liquidity in the system.

What Freedom Means to Scott Walker

John A. Tures | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker boosted his national profile with a speech at the "Iowa Freedom Summit," making him a strong candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2016. But what does freedom mean to Walker? His policies are worth a second look.

The End of the Gravy Train?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

In the summer of 2013, a sharp spike higher in interest rates caused by the "taper tantrum" (fear that the Fed will soon end monetary easing) reduced both housing affordability and the opportunities to lower mortgage rates through refinancing.

The Unbreakable Bond: Siblings' Lasting Impressions, Explained By Science

Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Remember that time when you drew on your sister's homework (textbooks included) and afterwards she still read your favorite bedtime story? Or that oth...

'Chicken Money' Safety vs. Interest

Terry Savage | Posted 04.19.2015 | Money
Terry Savage

Low rates are a great way to help the government finance its growing deficits. But they sure make it tough for savers and retirees who wanted to live on the interest from their savings. Here are five things you should know about "chicken money."

A Race Against Time

Michael Farr | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The year 2015 may yet produce solid returns for investors in US stocks. However, it's looking more and more likely that TINA ("There Is No Alternative"), more than any other factor, will be responsible rather than strong earnings growth.

Crystal Ball 2015: Top 4 Hot Investments, with 4 Investor Alerts.

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.27.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

Here are my predictions for 2015, to make your year rich in returns and light on costly mistakes.

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.