Fed Chair takes Subtle Shot at Trump Deregulation Efforts

Sep 19, 2017 No Comments

In her remarks at the recent Jackson Hole conference on monetary policy, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen praised the new financial regulations enacted during the Obama Administration. Most observers interpreted Yellen as repudiating the current efforts in the Trump Administration to roll back at least some of the new constraints on banks. Financial publications ran […]

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Market Volatility Ahead

Sep 15, 2017 No Comments

The Federal Reserve is expected to reiterate to the Congressional committee its plan to begin unwinding its multi-trillion bond buying programs as early as this September. Without a doubt this is a big deal. It is so big that it is inconceivable to think that this process will have no effect on financial markets. Our […]

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Rising Interest Rates & Bank Balance Sheets

Aug 15, 2017 No Comments

As the Fed unloads its bonds, changes in government regulation will encourage financial institutions to absorb them. The Fiscal Crunch Before diving into the more esoteric analysis, let’s run some simple numbers. As of this writing, the federal government “Debt Held By the Public” (which does include Treasury bonds owned by the Fed, but not […]

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Shades of 2008: UK and US Savings Rate Plunges, Debt Comes Full Circle

Aug 04, 2017 No Comments

Albert Edwards at Societe Generale says January 2008 is here again! UK and US household debt excess comes full circle. From Albert Edwards Via Email Very recent data confirms slumping household saving ratios in both the US and UK. This was last seen in 2007, just before the bursting debt bubble blew the global economy […]

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Should You Cash Out Your 401k?

Jun 13, 2017 No Comments

“I would blow up the system and restart with something totally different.” – Ted Benna, “father” of the 401k, quoted in MarketWatch.com As investors educate themselves about the financial advice that is accepted as “common wisdom,” many begin to realize that 401ks might not be the “retirement solution” they were assumed to be. Even Ted […]

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Boom or Bust Cycle with Trump

Apr 20, 2017 No Comments

Is the US economy headed for a boom or bust under the Trump administration? Now almost 90 days into his presidency, Donald Trump promised healthcare reform, big tax cuts, immigration restrictions, and a protectionist approach to creating new domestic jobs. The Fed appears set on raising interest rates and bringing an end to its asset-buying […]

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Give Your Dollars a Lifetime Guarantee – Part Two

Mar 07, 2017 No Comments

In my last blog post, I went over the worth of a guarantee. This is a continuation of that post, which you can read here. Why can cash value be guaranteed using whole life insurance? Because of the following guarantees: A guaranteed mortality rate. This means that your cost of insurance inside the policy is […]

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Give Your Dollars a Lifetime Guarantee – Part One

Feb 21, 2017 No Comments

Not many things are truly “guaranteed” in life. We can’t guarantee the weather, what other people will or won’t do, the direction of the markets, or even if we’ll be around to see tomorrow.

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Feds Seize Financial Control of Puerto Rico

Jan 17, 2017 No Comments

  A few months ago, the U.S. government assumed control of Puerto Rico. As the AP story by Danica Coto reported: “A federal control board on Friday took over Puerto Rico’s finances and several government agencies for the first time in the U.S. territory’s history in a bid to haul the island out of an […]

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Longevity In America – It’s a Whole New Age

Jan 03, 2017 No Comments

“You’re not getting old; you’re getting ready.” – Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female competitive body builder. The numbers are in, and people are living longer! The CDC calculates that overall life expectancy in the U.S. is presently 78.7 years, with women outliving men by an average of 5 years, or 81 years vs. 76 […]

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