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

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.

Taking Stock

Michael Farr | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).

Here's A Chart That Should Have You Just A Little Bit Worried

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

If you're a frequent borrower of money, for stuff like education and cars and lip implants, you might think that low interest rates are good. But be w...

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Surging stock prices will likely increase rather than decrease the costs of saving for retirement for most folks. Why? Because most people, including baby boomers who are inching closer to "retirement age", remain vastly underprepared for retirement.

Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The median household income in 2013 was only slightly above that reported for 1995 (after adjusting for inflation), while costs for necessities like housing (rent), health care, and education are making it much more difficult for middle-class folks to get by. 

What Is Causing the Drag?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Using inflation-adjusted numbers, we indexed each component of GDP to 4Q07 levels, beginning with a value of 100 for each. We graphically display the results below, followed by some commentary.

Deleveraging Has Not Yet Run Its Course

Michael Farr | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

I've argued for some time that the process of deleveraging has yet to run its course. The aggregate level of debt in our economy currently stands at a record high, even though many pundits continue to say that debt levels are much more manageable now as compared to the pre-crisis days.

5 Investments Strategies to Avoid Like the Plague

David A. Dedman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Keep a balance in all things, especially your investments. Diversification will save the day.

What Oil Is Telling You

Michael Farr | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The drop in oil (and corresponding drop in energy stocks) is causing much consternation throughout the investment world because it is inconsistent with the narrative articulated by most economists.

4 Year-end Portfolio Moves

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

October is month when leaves are changing color, there's a nip in the air signaling the beginning of fall, and of course... stock market corrections!

Should You Sell???

Michael Farr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.