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Covid’s Long-term Impact on Your Money Health

Two years ago, writing at the outset of the pandemic, I cited a March 2020 New York Times column by David Brooks, “Pandemics Kill Compassion, Too.” He warned that, historically, pandemics, unlike other disasters which bring communities and nations...

Market Crashes To Be Expected, Not Feared

A lot of stock market experts are concerned that the market is overheated and ripe for a new bear market. One of those expecting a bear market is Shawn Williams of Motley Fool, in a May 8, 2021, post, “A case is mounting for a big drop in the stock...

Inflated Fears of “Rigged” Markets and Hyperinflation

Our economy is recovering; the stock market is booming. Yet I’m hearing investors express much more fear now than they did last March when the stock market was falling off a cliff. I see a couple of reasons for this. First, market movements are largely emotional...

Eviction Moratorium Leaves Small Landlords Struggling

One of President Biden’s early executive orders extended the temporary national moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent that began on September 4, 2020. The moratorium is intended to help renters struggling to make rent payments because of the economic impact...

Cost of Living and Minimum Wage

President Biden’s coronavirus stimulus package has the intention of flooding the economy with money at a time when economic growth is sputtering. Ironically, it contains one provision likely to create exactly the opposite of what he intends: raising the national...

GameStop, Reddit, and “Rigged” Stock Market

When there’s drama in the stock market, I often learn about it at the gym. Case in point: the recent headline-grabbing hullabaloo about GameStop and Reddit. Apparently, some limited partnerships (the slang is “hedge fund”) decided to...