These days, families deal with parents and children aging together. What steps can you take to reduce the chances that either you or your parents will have to struggle financially during your retirement?
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Why are Ponzi schemes so popular, both with fraudsters and with investors, and how can you avoid becoming a victim?
This article originally appeared in Forbes.com. You’re happy in your career. You’re earning enough for now and putting money away for later. You feel productive. You like working. When asked, you say you have no plans to retire until you’re at least 65. Surprise! Things happen. You could confront health challenges that affect you or […]
This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr I often see families who could benefit from more serenity in their financial lives. To illustrate this concept, I created a hypothetical […]
This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. On November 1, the IRS announced cost of living increases to IRA and employer plan contribution limits for 2019. The IRA annual limit increased from $5,500 to $6,000; the employer plan limit (applicable to 401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457 plans and the Federal Government’s Thrift Savings Plan or TSP) increased […]
Who’s afraid of the inverted yield curve? The financial press has been worrying about the yield curve recently. The yield curve is “flattening,” and that flattening “raises a warning flag.” If you read the articles, you’ll see that the authors are most concerned about the possibility that the yield curve may become “inverted.” This raises […]
International trade, and especially US international trade deficits, have been a large part of the news recently. President Trump has seized on trade deficits and the impact of globalization on US jobs and US businesses as central political issues. International trade plays an increasingly important role in the US economy. The chart above shows exports […]
You may have heard that the stock market has been very volatile recently, with several days of significant declines. The drops in the US market on Monday, February 5th and Thursday, February 8th were especially large, around 4%, depending on the index. This followed a decline on February 2nd of a bit over 2%. To add […]
Edward Samp contributed extensively to this article. Many investors have become interested in the impact of their investment decisions on the world in which we live. While the primary objective of your investment strategy may be financial: e.g., allowing you to live comfortably in retirement or putting your children through college, some investors also desire […]
The US House and Senate are considering extensive income tax reform. The table below outlines current law and the bills for each chamber as they were at the close of business on Monday, December 4, and provides indications of the bill that has emerged as the “final deal” on Wednesday, December 13. While this “final […]