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What Is Causing the Drag?

Michael Farr | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Deleveraging Has Not Yet Run Its Course

Michael Farr | Posted 11.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

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

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

Running Against the 'Obama Economy' - And Winning?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

I can't get my head around this: In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections we have had the following economic news: ♦ Unemployment is a...

Dow, S&P 500 Rally To Record Highs

AP | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes are back at record highs after a turbulent month. Stocks rallied in the U.S. and oversea...

What Oil Is Telling You

Michael Farr | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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.

These 5 FinTech Companies Are Changing the Way We Invest

Kevin Yu | Posted 10.29.2014 | Money
Kevin Yu

These five companies are positioned to really change the way consumers think about investing. By empowering individuals to have easy and affordable access, it simplifies the complex world of investing.

No Matter What Happens in the Stock Market, You Have Great Options on Your Student Loans

CommonBond | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
CommonBond

How do you "know" that the stock market will yield a better return than what your student loan interest rate is? You don't. But you can make an educated determination of how you might tie out after, say, a 10-year period, by doing your research and using your own risk tolerance as a guide.

What's Your Plan if the Market Falls?

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you've been investing for any length of time then you've experienced a market correction much like the one we are in now. But I'm not talking about a mere 10 percent correction. I'm talking about a drop like we saw in 2008 and 2009. Do you have a plan?

I Tried the Next Level in Wearable Tech

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 10.23.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

Wearable Tech is probably one of the hottest phrases out right now. Companies on both the fashion and tech side are racing to get into the game, each entrant hoping that it has the ticket to mass consumer adoption.

4 Year-end Portfolio Moves

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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.

European Markets Tumble

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

* FTSEurofirst 300 falls 1 pct, hits 13-month low * Euro zone banking index falls 2.7 percent * Getinge slumps 15 pct af...

What Oil Price Got to Do, Got to Do With It? (10 Things to Remember About Oil Prices)

Carl Pope | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The collapse of soaring oil prices signaled the beginning of the 2008 Great Recession. This milder repeat performance is not so confusing if we look at the basics -- and remember that what counts about oil is not where it is produced, or exactly how much we need, but its price.

Dow Has Its Worst Day In Years Amid Global Market Freakout

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business

October is a month known for market panics, including the crashes of 1929 and 1987.

Ben Walsh

Your 401(k) Will Be Fine Even Though Stocks Just Tanked

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business

Markets do their thing –- go up and down -– and you do yours –- use tax incentives to save the best you can.

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

This is not to argue against minimum wage increases as much as to argue that this remedy must not be substituted for reforms at deeper levels.

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

Timothy Sykes: How to Transform Haters Into Customers

Sean Kim | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Sean Kim

Do you have haters in your life or business? I sure do. In fact, haters can be an asset if you know how to prove them wrong. This is exactly what Ti...

The Buyback Binge

Michael Farr | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Remember, markets go down from time to time, and it's normal. Cool heads and steady hands make money over time.