Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bees an endangered species?

You probably know that the bee population in the U.S. has been collapsing for the past several years, due to factors that are only now being partially understood.  Scientists call the phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” but the term “beemageddon” has … Continue reading

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The Anti-Trump Fund to Watch

You can go to Las Vegas and bet on the U.S. election, or make a side bet with your friends.  Or you can buy an ETF. Say what?  Professional investors have noticed that the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (ticker: … Continue reading

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Taxes Up (but not so much as you might think…)

If you think taxes are higher than their historical rates, well, it depends on how far back in history you’re comparing them to.  Take a look at the accompanying chart, which shows tax revenue as a percent of total national … Continue reading

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Good News About HIV

You don’t hear much about the HIV epidemic any more, despite the fact that an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with the disease, and an estimated 44,000 new cases are reported in this country every year.  The Center for … Continue reading

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A Slow Decline in Readers

Do you read printed books occasionally?  If you do, you’re still in the majority, but a declining one.  As you can see from the accompanying chart, 73% of American adults have read at least one book in the last 12 … Continue reading

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Ramifications of the Edward Jones 401(k) Lawsuit

Last month, the media reported that Edwards Jones is being sued by a company participating in their 401(k) plan for purportedly making employees pay high fees for investment management and record keeping services. These fees allegedly cost millions in retirement … Continue reading

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How are you Celebrating Fiduciary September?

In 2012, the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard implemented Fiduciary September as a way to recognize the importance of fiduciary duty within the capital markets. The purpose of this month-long recognition was not only to celebrate advisors who hold their … Continue reading

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Beverage of Choice

Which is America’s most popular alcoholic beverage: beer, wine or liquor?  The Gallup organization found that beer is America’s choice when it comes to alcoholic consumption, and that has generally been true since the polling company has been asking the … Continue reading

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Costs of Living — What is a dollar worth?

If you answered that it’s worth a dollar, you must be living in Illinois.  A research report by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that the prices for a particular basket of goods and services—food, transportation, housing and education—are higher … Continue reading

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Communicable Stress

By all accounts, stress—and its accompanying emotional mix of frustration, anxiety and fear—is bad for your health.  When you experience stress in your body, you release increased amounts of glucose from our liver into your blood, and your body produces … Continue reading

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