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With investing, it’s always important to get an apples for apples comparison so that everything is on a levelized playing field. Most of the time we look at interest rates and yield before taxes are taken out of them. If you open up a newspaper and see an advertised CD rate at 2.00% this is...
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Last year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation was 3%, but many of us feel that things have gotten far more expensive. I feel that there are three reasons for this: 1. Perception – From a psychological standpoint, you’re going to emotionally register a price increase (i.e. as “pain”) with a stronger...
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In the previous article on bonds (“Part 1”) I gave an analogy to help readers understand how bond prices can move based on how the interest rate environment changes. Let’s go back to that bank lobby where we’ll pretend that you can buy and sell CDs to illustrate how other things can effect bond prices....
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Boomers are in a tough spot. They’ve had two of the most severe stock market declines in the past 80 years and now they are in an investing environment with fixed income rates (such as on CDs or savings bonds) that haven’t been this low in their lifetimes. To make matters worse, inflation has been...
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A common way that people have the chance to earn a tax free rate of return is through municipal bonds. This is different than a tax deferred investment, which enables you to pay the taxes down the road such as when you sell it or when you start taking withdrawals (like with a Traditional IRA)....
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Retirement is one of the hardest life events to plan for financially. Because there are so many variables that cannot be predicted, many people find that predicting the proper amount of money that they need to save is next to impossible. There are several different methods to determining a good amount of money that needs...
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