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Will Inverted Bond Yields Cause Your Investments to Crash?

At the beginning of last year, we asked if you should be concerned about the inverted yield curve. The fact is that many previous market crashes and recessions have been preceded by “inversion” of rates on long term versus short term bonds. The timing of this “predictor” is such that it may be a year or two after bond rates change that the market crashes or the economy suffers. There are two questions here for investors. One is whether or not this episode of interest rate inversion will be followed by a collapse of […]

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How Could War with Iran Affect Your Investments?

Depending on whom you talk to we are at the brink of war with Iran in the last few weeks for have been at war with the Islamic Republic for several years. Most recently the U.S. president ordered an air strike in retaliation for Iran shooting down a U.S. spy drone. He allegedly called it off at the last minute because of not wanting to kill 150 people and said that such a response would have been out of proportion. As the world frets of a possible war with Iran, we are concerned about the flow of oil coming out […]

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Investing in Stocks

The reason for investing in stocks is to attain financial security. While some people may make a spectacular investment decision by chance, the vast majority who succeed at investing in stocks save their money and invest over a long period of time. Success in investing starts with defining your goals. What do you want to get out of investing? Make a list with the most important goals like having enough money for retirement, putting your children through college, or saving up to start your own business at the top of the list. Then consider how many years are left for […]

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Win the Trade War and Lose on Your Investments

The trade negotiations between the USA and China are coming to a head. Will there be genuine gains for the USA? We have written how both the USA and China have issues that they see as crucial to their national prosperity and security in our article about if the trade war becomes permanent. However, neither side wants to suffer the economic pain that could come out of a protracted trade war. China, especially, is seeing economic difficulties on the horizon and needs to do something sooner rather than later. So, there may well be a deal forthcoming. However, from the […]

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Trump Tax Cut a Bust for Investment and Hiring

When Congress passed the biggest change in the U.S. tax code in thirty years, taxes were cut by $1.5 Trillion. The promise was that U.S. industry would invest that money, hire more people, and raise yearly GDP growth to the 4% range for the indefinite future. That did not all seem to have happened according to recent information. Was the Trump tax cut a bust for investment and hiring? Here are some thoughts on the subject.
Trump Tax Cut a Bust for Investment and Hiring
Fortune explains why the tax cut has not sparked hiring or investment.
The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion in […]

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Investment Risks for 2019

The stock market has been volatile and ended 2018 badly as the worst year in the last ten. Has the market gotten the jitters out of its system or is more trouble in store? What are the investment risks for 2019 and how can you prepare your investment portfolio?
Investment Risks for 2019

The trade war will continue and get worse.
Interest rates will rise excessively due to the Federal Reserve.
The global and U.S. economy will slow down.
As a result the stock market will continue to be volatile and experience losses.

Investment Risks for 2019 from the Trade War
The deficit that the USA runs […]

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How Do You Choose an Investment to Buy and Hold?

The richest people in the world started successful companies or bought into them. And these people retain ownership over the years. You may be too late to found Microsoft, Walmart, Amazon.com, or Berkshire Hathaway but you can follow the examples of these folks. Buy and hold value investing, when you choose the right investments, results in profits that continue for years and years. Why does this approach work? And, how to do you choose an investment to buy and hold?
How Do You Choose an Investment to Buy and Hold: Why Does This Work?
We like the Warren Buffett quote that the […]

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Learn How to Invest Your Money When Markets Are Uncertain

The financial meltdown of 2008 was devastating for the majority of home owners and investors. How is it that when the real estate and stock markets were overbought and became volatile in 2007 and 2008 that investors did not take their profits and find safe investments or simply hold cash? At the start of 2009 Business Insider wrote that America lost $10.2 Trillion in 2008.
U.S. homeowners lost a cumulative $3.3 trillion in home equity during 2008, according to a report from Zillow. (MortgageWire.)
One in six homeowners is now underwater on their mortgage.
The stock market erased $6.9 trillion in shareholder wealth […]

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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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Why Does the Economy do Better under Democrats?

Election year is upon us and the nation will pick a Republican (Donald Trump) or a Democrat (Hilary Clinton) as its next president. From an investor’s point of view which party is better in the White House for the economy? Despite the association of the Republican Party with business it would appear that having a Democrat in the White House is better for the economy. Salon demonstrates with charts that the economy does better under Democratic presidents.
The right likes to argue that [economic] conditions mark a clear failure of progressive policies, and in particular of the Obama administration. In the […]

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