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Marty Allen once wrote, “A study of economics reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.” I feel that this is the story of how most people feel about investing. So often I find people retroactively kicking themselves for not buying internet stocks (and selling them before they tanked) or real estate...
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There’s one asset that I’ve personally seen cause people to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’ve seen this asset ruin families and affect them for generations to come. The tragedy of this asset is that you can’t sell it or get rid of it. It’s a risky asset that you have no other option...
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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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I’m being tongue in cheek, but speaking literally of gold and all the gold hype. Before 2000 for about twenty years gold was hardly spoken of in the media as an investment of any interest. Let’s look at some history: From the period of 1934-1971 gold was set at a fixed rate of $35.00 =...
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“Europe is unraveling …” or so the story goes 24 hours a day at various levels of intensity.  It’s not as though the media has a slight bent toward sensationalism or something – that’s a joke in case you’re from out of town. There’s a very exciting story that is plain on the face of...
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I’ve written at length about why the “safe” investing instruments might not be so safe. There is another nuances to the investing environment right now. When I tell people that I’m a financial advisor or financial planner (I am both, depending on how the stars align I’ll say one or the other when people ask...
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Five years ago (Spring 2007), if you had told me that the 10-year US Treasury Rate would have been 1.39% (as it was briefly last week), I would have asked how big the meteor was that hit the earth. On the one hand, very low interest rates are a good thing because it presents low...
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Tonight at my son’s Cub Scout meeting they had a reptile expert come show his various reptiles that they’ve rescued. He talked about how a big problem is that people buying reptiles don’t take into consideration how long they can live. Snakes can live beyond 20 years, alligators 70 years and tortoises for 200 years....
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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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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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