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How Should You Invest Your Retirement Accounts?

According to a recent article in Market Watch the folks who have buying up stocks faster than anyone else in the last thirty years are those making family incomes of $42,000 a year. Why is that?
What’s changed since 1989? Access did.
Specifically, access to workplace retirement savings plans, like 401(k)s, and personal investment accounts, like IRAs.
Individual retirement plans in the USA hold about $9 Trillion and 401(k)’s hold about $5 Trillion. The entire US stock market has a capitalization of about $30 Trillion. And, since so many of us now have these tax-deferred vehicles, how should you invest your retirement accounts?
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Which of Your Investments Will Suffer as Interest Rates Go Up?

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates again. And, more rate increases are in the cards for December of 2018 and into 2019. Which of your investments will prosper and which of your investments will suffer as interest rates go up? CNBC weights in on this question with an article about the best performing stocks in the Dow as interest rates go up.
While stocks like J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Visa do well when rates are surging, Walmart and Coca-Cola struggle.
Walmart averages a loss of 0.8 percent when rates rise 25 basis points or more in one month, the […]

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Picking Safe Investments for Retirement

There is a difference between investments that are currently making money for you and investments that will be safe into your retirement years. A sad example of investors who did not exercise due diligence with their investments is the Bernie Madoff pyramid scheme. One hundred seventy-six individuals, banks, pension funds, and charities were invested with Madoff and happy to be getting a great return on their money. When the Madoff house of cards collapsed there were $65 billion in faked gains and investors lost about $18 billion of their investment capital. Picking safe investments for retirement is a skill separate […]

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Are There Any Safe Investment Niches Today?

The long expected Trump trade war is beginning and the markets are barely containing their anxiety. Both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 are down for the month. As we wrote our article about should you buy gold today, the S&P 500 had its worst 2nd quarter opening in 89 years. That was the year of the crash that ushered in the Great Depression.
The markets have continued trending upward despite seeming to be overpriced. That is because earnings keep increasing. But, what happens in a trade war is that earnings take a big hit. CNBC talks about a bear […]

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How to Protect Your Retirement Savings before the US Economy Implodes Again

Far too many investors were essentially wiped out in the 2008 economic collapse. Those who got back into the stock market and invested well have ridden a historic bull market to impressive gains. The real estate market has also largely recovered and benefitted those who bought when prices were at a rock bottom. But, no bull market lasts forever. We saw a little bit of that prophecy come true in the last couple of weeks as stocks corrected impressively. In this article we are not so much concerned with how far the market will rise again or how quickly it […]

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Tips on How to Start Investing

The stock market crashed in 2008 and ushered in the Great Recession. Many who had investments in the stock market sold at huge losses and have stayed away ever since. And many have avoided investing in stocks because of the perceived risk of losing everything. But, the stock market has come back and is at an all-time high! If you missed out on the run up since the crash there is still hope but there are also pitfalls for beginning investors. Here are a few tips on how to start investing.
At What Point Should You Start Investing?
If you are putting […]

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How to Profit from Higher Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates again. The New York Times writes that the question is not why raise rates but why not.
The unemployment rate, one of the gauges the Fed watches most closely, fell to 4.7 percent in February, a healthy level by historical standards. Inflation, the other gauge, finally appears to be reviving. Prices rose 1.9 percent over the 12 months ending in January, close to the Fed’s 2 percent annual target.
The Fed continues to hold its benchmark interest rate at a level intended to stimulate economic growth by encouraging borrowing and taking risks. It […]

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How Profitable Is Stock Investing?

If you are looking to put some money away for a rainy day or save for retirement it would be nice to have that money work for you as well. The stock market is often touted as the best place to put your money and have it earn a profit. But just how profitable is stock investing? In the stock market quality begets profits over the long term. This is the world of buy and hold investing. In the short term research into specific stocks can lead to tidy profits which you often will want to take back out and […]

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When Yellen Speaks Stocks Fall

Janet Yellen, Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Reserve has spoken and U.S. stocks are lower. Speaking at the yearly Jackson Hole economic symposium sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Yellen said that the case for a rate increase has gotten stronger and then stocks headed down. The Wall Street Journal comments on Yellen’s remarks about interest rates.
The remarks, which had been anxiously awaited all week, sparked an initial reaction to sell stocks that quickly reversed itself. Later in the session, stocks again fell, as investors’ expectations for a rate rise later this year climbed. Treasury yields and the […]

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What Are Secure Retirement Investments?

When retirement approaches you do not want to have your investments in vehicles that crash like the stock and real estate markets did in 2008. But what are secure retirement investments in today’s world and what sort of returns can you expect. Phy.org discusses the current lack of secure investments and how it is hindering global growth.
Unless you’ve been following the subject closely, you may not have heard of one of the biggest barriers slowing the revival of global economic growth over the last decade. That would be the “safety trap,” a problem arising from a lack of low-risk investments […]

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