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Obama Never Exceeded U.S. Budget

Michael Farr | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Farr

The U.S. has not had a budget in four years. As the country increased the national debt by about $5 trillion in deficit spending, it never went over budget. Ridiculous, no?

Don't Ask: "Is It Different This Time?"

Dan Solin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

The most common question I get from readers of my books is: "I want to implement your index portfolios, but I have to consider the uncertainty in the financial world. When is the best time to invest?"

The Ties That Bond Us: What Demand For Government Debt Can Tell Us About the Risks Ahead

Takahiro Tsuda | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Takahiro Tsuda

Our new research shows that advanced economies' exposure to refinancing risk and changes in government borrowing costs depend mainly on who is holding the bonds -- the demand side for government debt.

The Ties That Bond Us: What Demand For Government Debt Can Tell Us About the Risks Ahead

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

It's not news that emerging markets can be vulnerable to bouts of market volatility. Investors often pull sudden stops--they stop buying or start sell...

Stop Preparing for the Last War: Arm Yourself for the New One

James Berman | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
James Berman

Today, the average retail investor is still hopelessly under-invested in stocks, ludicrously over-weighted in overvalued bonds: fighting the last war of falling stock prices, while absolutely blind to the looming danger ahead in the form of inflation.

Debt Ceiling Protection Plan

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
Natalie Pace

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, Fitch Ratings warned that if there is another Debt Ceiling Crisis, they could lower the U.S. credit rating. The U.S. is a...

The Rules of Investing: Ignore Them at Your Peril

James Berman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

Should investing be governed by simple rules? It not only should be. It must.

The Bond Peril

James Berman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
James Berman

People often think of bonds as being low risk. They are lower risk than stocks, but they are still subject to all sorts of different potential problems.

Sensation of Community

Maggie Lyon | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Remember that the more you lean out, the more you tweet and seek and stretch to find another like you, there is a very deserving beautiful creature waiting and calling for your friendship too, and that creature is you.

Time to Panic Over the Pullback?

Michael Farr | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Is it likely that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is flirting with five-year highs right before we are about to go into recession? The answer is obviously no, but there is another factor that has been introduced into the equation.

Dear Governor Christie: Please Come Home to NJ and Sell the Higher Ed Bond Issue

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Gordon MacInnes

Governor Christie is the essential salesman for the bond issue. Taking credit for putting on the ballot doesn't count if it doesn't pass. The bond issue is the governor's to lose, and New Jersey can't afford for that to happen.

Investors Are Waiting for a Clear Sign They'll Never Get

Jeremy Kisner | Posted 12.16.2012 | Money
Jeremy Kisner

The Dow hit a level not seen since December 2007. The questions many are asking are: Why in the world are stocks going up? Doesn't the market realize we're facing an election year, an upcoming fiscal cliff, and unrest in the Middle East?

Can Poor People Save for College?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Spend only half of your paycheck and put the other half in a savings account. It's like portion control. Most of us try it, but don't follow-through.

Lessons You Can Learn From This Wealthy Investor

Dan Solin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Until Congress summons the courage to pass this Act, you need to heed the lessons you can learn from this experience of the DeBerrys.

10 States With Enormous Debt Problems

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business

Aug 28 (Reuters) - America's 50 state governments owe $4.19 trillion, including outstanding bonds, unfunded pension commitments and budget gaps, acc...

Market Continues to "Melt Up" on Talk of Open-Ended QE

Michael Farr | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Stocks are sharply higher thanks mainly to comments by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren.

Whoever Wins This Baby Better Be Ready For Economic Trouble

Project Syndicate | Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

NEWPORT BEACH – The conventional wisdom about the November presidential election in the United States is only partly correct. Yes, economic issues w...

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Money When I Was a Teen

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.16.2012 | Money
Natalie Pace

This year, your biggest problems might be school food and scraping together enough change for a movie. However, your life as an adult is just a few years away.

Why Stockton, California, Is Bankrupt, And Your Town Isn't

Bloomberg View | Josh Barro | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: The Stockton City Council yesterday approved a petition for bankruptcy, the largest of a city in U.S. history. Municipalities all o...

Come on Baby, Let's Do the Twist

Michael Farr | Posted 06.21.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The Fed has become somewhat impotent and should pass the buck to Congress. If only Congress would answer the phone.

Yesterday: The Lowest Interest Rates in History

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Yesterday, the 10-year Treasury note hit its lowest interest rate in history. For the third day in a row. Why is this happening? Will the trend continue? What does it mean for the middle class?

Dow On Pace For Lowest Close Of 2012, Thanks To Greece

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business

U.S. stocks are headed for their worst day in six weeks, while the euro is at its lowest level in nearly two years, as markets freak out about the pro...

Economic Ambiguity

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

We continue to believe that investors are underestimating the risks inherent to the bond market at this stage in the game. Bond investors are not being compensated for the risks they are assuming when they are not even able to earn the expected rate of inflation.

The Cruelest Month For Markets Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Financial markets went back into crisis mode in April. Bonds, relatively safe-haven investments, were the only global asset class to enjoy positive...

Best Rally In A Month

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.12.2012 | Business

The U.S. stock market has shaken off its worst plunge in months by having a crazy two-day rally, fueled mainly by wishful thinking. The Dow Jones I...