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What do Bitcoins and Tulips Have in Common?

If you want a little excitement in your investing life, consider the track record of this investment.  It had a remarkable growth in price, and then a remarkable fluctuation (mostly down in recent weeks).  Not of a hot internet start-up, a bond issued by Zimbabwe’s central bank, or a new mutual fund; but a kind of currency.  The cumulative […]

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Getting Things Done in Washington

If you’re among those who believe that nothing can get done within the partisan bickering on Capitol Hill, you should know that both parties came together with remarkable speed recently to pass bipartisan legislation.  There was virtually no bickering, posturing or visible hostility as a new modification of the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional […]

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Frontline for Fiduciary

Millions of Americans–and a lot of professional advisors–are talking about the hard-hitting Frontline expose on retirement plans.  The PBS special, entitled “Retirement Gamble,” tells you a lot of things you already know: corporations have offloaded the decision-making for retirement portfolios on their (not always financially sophisticated) employees, but provided virtually no guidance.  The 2008 market […]

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Hidden Optimism

The stock market caught everybody off guard last Friday, August 3. The S&P 500 index climbed 1.90% on news that the U.S. economy created 163,000 new jobs in July—about 60% more than economists were expecting. But this was the fourth consecutive week of gains, and there is no clear explanation for those other positive trading […]

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Want a Bond Fund? Who Should You Call?

A May 27 Investment News article by Jason Kephart raises some interesting points about the importance of brand names when it comes to investment funds. The article focuses on an increased emphasis on bond funds by Fidelity Investments, which is a mutual fund company that has been known primarily for investments in growth stocks. With […]

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