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Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.

The Single Greatest Mistake Investors Make

Jesse Felder | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

Rather than fixate on recent history and extrapolate it into the future, you must abandon this natural tendency. And as I said earlier you also need to analyze the conditions that allowed for those returns to see whether they are still relevant to today's market.

A World of Economic Trouble

Richard Barrington | Posted 01.22.2015 | Money
Richard Barrington

These should be happy times for the U.S. stock market. GDP is booming, employment is up and interest rates are low. And yet, throughout the first month of 2015, the stock market has at times behaved as though it were 2008. What happened?

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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).

Under Dem Presidents Growth, Lower Deficits, Soaring Stock Markets

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

We chose the last two residents of each party and looked at five categories: GDP growth, net job creation, unemployment rate, budget deficits and performance of the Dow Jones.

4 Ways the Free Market Has Wall Street on Its Heels

Patrick Donohoe | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Patrick Donohoe

The human genius has come to the rescue and has practically put a nail in the coffin by creating technology that has Wall Street more frightened than ever.

Ben Walsh

It's Like Facebook, But For Stocks. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business

These days, if a startup idea is too facile to be true, there’s already an app for it.

Stocks Tumble Again In Worst Start To Year Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

Wall Street suffered more losses Tuesday as stocks fell for the fifth straight day, in the worst start to a year since 2008. Stocks fell with the p...

Claiming Credit

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to point out that they're turning over to the new Republican Congress an economy that is doing better than at any time in the past six years. They need to lay this down as a benchmark that they can later point to, no matter what happens. Republicans are already chomping at the bit to claim all that credit for themselves.

DOW PLUNGES

Reuters | Sinead Carew | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business

Another plunge in the price of oil is driving stocks sharply lower in afternoon trading.

My Favorite Posts From 2014

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

I wrote quite a few articles this past year. Today I wanted to provide a list of my favorite posts of 2014. All of these are from my blog, The Diligen...

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 12.29.2014 | 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.

Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In spite of the intense, unyielding, never-ending opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, nobody can deny that Obama has tackled the problem of health care costs growing out of control when nobody before him would. And that's not all.

Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

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

Has the Bull Market Lulled You to Sleep?

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

If you are like most investors, you prefer to talk about good performance years and avoid discussions about bad years. Well, you have had a lot to talk about the past few years, but there are some serious storm clouds on the horizon.

Wall Street Sees Worst Week In More Than 2 Years Amid Oil Slump

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business

* Stocks drop after seven weeks of gains * Oil volatility could spread to equities * S&P closes near 50-day moving avera...

Dow 18,000 Spooking You?

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

A market high does not indicate a looming correction, nor a market that will continue up like a rocket going into orbit. So there's the confusion as to what investors should do when we hit these new levels.

How Much Money Is Enough?

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

I've never heard of anyone at the end of their life as they take their last breath, saying they wish they had saved more money. The most important things in life don't involve money at all, like our relationships with our family and friends, or simple pleasures like taking a walk or reading a book.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

How Prudent Investors Should Handle An Environment Of "Low Returns"

Jesse Felder | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

The bottom line is a 10-year treasury note pays you little more than 2% per year and stocks are likely to earn you even less over the next decade. So what's a prudent investor to do?

Notes From The Soccer Pitch: 'Winning' Is Reaching Your Goals

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 01.12.2015 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

In the end, we all win some and lose some, but you need to keep putting on your cleats if you want to come out ahead. This is how it works in personal finance, as well. So why is winning in the investment game usually defined by the financial press as outperforming the market?

What Explains the Election Results? It's (Still) the Economy

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.