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Is Your Retirement Now Obsolete?

Is Your Retirement Now Obsolete?

I gave myself a wake-up call. Our recent article “Thinking About Retiring? Better Think It Through!” was a jolt for sure. For decades the mantra was save money and grow your wealth. We banked on the “rule of 72”. When the accumulated interest equals 72, you would double your money. Earn 6%, in 12 years you will […]

Do You Have Wealth or Just the Illusion of Wealth?

Do You Have Wealth or Just the Illusion of Wealth?

Anyone remember the commercials for “Friendly Bob Adams” of Household Finance? They advertised “debt consolidation loans”. Bring all your payment booklets, pay off your debts and consolidate them into one loan with a lower monthly payment. Theoretically it took the pressure off those living from paycheck to paycheck, up to their eyeballs in debt. A […]

Where to Put Your Savings When Rates Go Negative

Where to Put Your Savings When Rates Go Negative

In our recent article, “What The Heck Is Going On?”, our guru friend Chuck Butler remarked: “There’s no harm in holding cash, as long as your bank isn’t charging you to do so, which is probably coming down the road, so be prepared!” Chuck’s remark did not go unnoticed. Subscriber Rikk M. asked, “IF we go […]

Are Energy Stocks A Good Buy In Today’s Market?

Are Energy Stocks A Good Buy In Today’s Market?

Energy stocks are not keeping up with the S&P 500. What’s going on? Over ten years the priced dropped from $57.52 to $54.16. What happened to the energy sector? With the Fed cutting rates again, are energy stocks a safe bet for investing retirement money? At Casey Research, I worked with a sharp analyst named […]

The New York Fed Would Make The Godfather Proud!

The New York Fed Would Make The Godfather Proud!

Wikipedia tells us, “In the first Godfather movie, the ‘meeting of the Dons’ scene uses the Federal Reserve building exterior.” How appropriate! This Burning Platform “Quotes of the Day” grabbed me: “When we talk about company culture in the context of financial services, the first thing that comes to mind is the risky, unethical, and sometimes criminal […]

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts Safe Investments?

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts Safe Investments?

In a yield-starved investment world, should investors be buying Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)? Can they bring solid, safe returns? Many investors love them, while some shy away. How volatile are they? How do you evaluate them? A subscriber recently asked a good question. He purchased a subscription from one of our trusted affiliates, The Dividend […]