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Every election in my adulthood has been about jobs and which candidate can deliver the most jobs. At least, it has been primarily about this among various other economic measurements and notions (income inequality, minimum wage, etc.). The only competing issue in my adulthood has been national security. Other issues have also been immigration and...
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In the previous article we observed that if the concern is that empires last only around 200 years, America is only 71 years into its empire era. To be clear, I personally don’t think that this 200 year observation is anything to rely on as an expectation. It would be absurd to rely on this...
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From time to time, people will reference how empires usually last around 200 years and thus infer that America has come to its empire life expectancy. If our country’s birthday was July 4, 1776, this year we turned 240 years old as an empire. For the moment, I’ll concede the point about whether or not...
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Those of you who know me, know that I love to climb mountains. In Colorado there are 53 peaks above 14,000 feet and I have climbed 29 of them. One thing I’ve learned in doing this is that when you are climbing an unknown mountain, it’s important to keep your expectations calm. Often as you...
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Back in April 2016, the market became the 2nd longest bull market in history. The market continues to march upward … em … flatling on this bull streak. The longest bull market was from 1987-2000. For this to beat it, it would have to keep going until the year 2021 (Source: http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/29/investing/stocks-2nd-longest-bull-market-ever/). The question I...
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Unfortunately, this is sometimes the line I find myself telling people in poor financial shape. If someone is at the point where they need to stop working, and they haven’t saved much, they’re looking at living a very modest lifestyle. The longer my career goes on, the less I seem to encounter this, but every...
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Last night I had a meeting with some very long time clients of mine. Over the years our families have become close. Apart from having natural chemistry with them, I feel that one of the things that has made our financial advising relationship so successful has been that we have open communication. Our meetings are...
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Over the weekend a friend of mine asked me about the impending “Fiscal Cliff”. For those who fancy themselves news hermits, at the end of the year the US will be up against a budget deadline that was set in the Summer of 2011 Debt Ceiling Crisis. In short, if Congress doesn’t do anything it...
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If you are a chart-aficionado like me, then you’ll love Josh Lehner’s article showing how the Great Recession (or The Lesser Depression) compares with other recessions in the US and other Financial Crises throughout the world. I’m copying his charts and adding my own commentary. First of all, how this recession compares to all post...
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The year 2011 brought the first wave of Baby Boomers turning 65. Every single day in America there are 10,000 people turning 65 and this will continue on for the next 18 years. Let’s review what a typical 65-year-old Baby Boomer has experienced the past decade or so. In the late nineties, a typical Baby...
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