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Be Wary of Predictions in Economy and Elections

“I rarely have seen economic fundamentals as good as they are now.” I heard this observation from Greg Valliere, the chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, in a May 18 keynote address. He listed numerous positives for the economy, especially the very low unemployment rate, the tax cuts, the increase in government spending via the […]

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What Not To Do In a Long Bull Market

March 9, 2017, was the eighth birthday of the bull market in the US S&P 500. In its lifetime it gained 314.4%, an average annual return of 19.4%. This raises a question as to how much longer it will last. An article posted on MarketWatch.com, “Seven Signs We’re Near a Market Top and What to […]

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President’s Influence on US Economy is Limited

Last week I reported on a survey that found most investment advisors are expecting the presidential election to result in rough seas for both their businesses and their client’s long-term retirement portfolios. As it turns out, I am in the minority of advisors that disagree with that belief. This is why. Even though the U.S. […]

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Consider Source of Dire Economic Predictions

“Sell Everything!” That’s the advice to investors from RBS, a large investment bank based in Scotland, which issued the dire recommendation to its customers on January 8. The warning urged investors to sell everything except high-quality bonds, predicting the global economy was in for a “fairly cataclysmic year ahead….similar to 2008.” They said this is […]

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Good News For a Change

One leading candidate for the “most under-reported story” of 2014 is the remarkable drop in the U.S. government’s budget shortfall. The final numbers announced by the U.S. Treasury for fiscal 2014 (ending September 30) shows a $483 billion deficit. That’s about $1 trillion lower than the record $1.4 trillion deficit recorded in 2009. As a […]

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