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Pictures That Tell a Story

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and that means, to an economist, that sometimes it’s easier to communicate something complicated with a chart or a graph rather than a lot of explanatory text. So it is with three … Continue reading

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Ignore headlines, stay the course

  Don’t Sell on Headlines So far, the world markets seem to be shrugging off the sabre-rattling coming from North Korea (normal behavior) and the U.S. White House (complete departure from policy). The smart money is betting that the distant … Continue reading

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Elder orphans

  Aging Without Support Probably the most forgotten minority in America is the “elder orphans”—aging retirees who no longer have a spouse (if they ever had one), no kids and no caregiver. According to The Gerontologist magazine, about one-third of … Continue reading

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“Banking deserts” in U.S.

  Banking Retreat Low interest rates and added regulation designed to head off another global financial crisis has made it more expensive and complicated to run a banking operation these days.  Gone are the heady days when banks were building … Continue reading

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Don’t put off fun!

  Putting Off Fun is a Bad Idea If you’re like most people, you carefully put off doing something fun—like taking a trip or treating yourself—until you finished your work.  Of course, for most people, the work never ends, and … Continue reading

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It’s a dilemna

  Aging Dilemma   Should today’s 70-year-old American be considered “old?”  How do you define that term these days?  Statistically, your average 70-year-old has just a 2% chance of dying within a year.  The estimated upper limits of average life … Continue reading

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Prudent diversification – a market discussion

  Measuring the Market Have you ever wondered what stock market professionals and equity analysts talk about in their spare time?  Recently, the Bloomberg website featured a debate about something that is getting a lot of attention recently: the historically … Continue reading

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