Bear or No Bear? Does It Matter?

In U.S. stock market history, bear markets—defined as a drop of 20% or more for a broad market index—happen roughly every four years and eight months. With a couple of recent down days in the markets, we may be in the early stages of a new one. Or we may not—and that,...

Riding the Bitcoin Rollercoaster

If you’re looking for a lot of excitement in your investment portfolio, and you enjoy the panic-inducing roller coaster of rapid gains and vertiginous drops in value, consider Bitcoin. Over the last year, the coins have been valued at $30,000 last February and last...
Local homebuyers facing pressure

Local homebuyers facing pressure

Local homebuyers facing pressure, higher prices amid housing inventory shortage According to brokers, homebuyers aren’t able to buy homes for just the asking price. January 18, 2022 |  Colton Hall RAPID CITY, S.D. — Almost since the pandemic started, the housing...

The Battle Between Wages and Inflation

The good news is that American workers saw their average hourly wage rise $1.46 an hour, a 5.8% increase that brought the average up to $26.61 an hour worked. The only one-year wage gain to compare with this was in 1981, when wages rose 7.2 percent. Meanwhile, the...

The Drug That Drives Medicare Premiums

People who are enrolled in traditional Medicare received a bit of a shock at the start of the year: the basic monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits, diagnostic tests and other outpatient services, rose from $148.50 a month to $170.10. This...