July23

Bonds with Negative Yields

When investors buy bonds with negative yields, and hold them to maturity, they will automatically lose money. Yet, with worldwide growth petering out, persistent low inflation and uncertainty about everything from Brexit to the US Presidential election, money has been pouring into government debt, pushing up prices and driving down yields. Currently there is about $13
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July22

#281 Does your Financial Advisor Put You First?

The fiduciary duty entails asking an important question: Does your financial advisor put you first? That’s what our guest Mary A. Malgoire, CFP helped explain. Mary is the founder of The Family Firm Inc, a fee-only financial advisory firm in Bethesda, Maryland and believes in the client-first, fee-only model, because there are “too many conflicts that exist.” As the past President
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July16

Why are Stock Markets at New Highs?

“Why are stock markets at new highs?” The easy answer is that there are more buyers than sellers. The more complicated answer is that the Dow and the S&P 500 reached new all time highs last week, as investors shrugged off post-Brexit concerns and refocused on global central banks. In the case of the Bank
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July15

#280 Stocks Market Highs, American Business Lows

Despite stock market indexes reaching all-time highs, American businesses are falling to new lows. The reason is that the golden age of US innovation and capitalism has given way to what our guest Rana Foroohar calls “financialization.” Rana is the Time business and economics columnist and author of “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American
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July12

Financial Threats You CAN Control

Earlier this month, the Economist Intelligence Unit updated its list of the Top Ten Global Threats. They are: China experiences a hard landing Currency volatility and persistent commodity prices weakness culminates in an emerging markets corpo Donald Trump wins the US presidential election Beset by external and internal pressures, the EU begins to fracture “Grexit”
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July09

June Jobs Take Off: Stocks Surge

The better than expected June jobs report was a much-needed shot in the arm for the recently sagging labor market. The economy added 287,000 jobs, including the return of about 30,000 striking Verizon workers, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent, but did so for a good reason: more people entered the labor force
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July08

#279 Making Money in a Low Return World

Making money in a low return world is tough. Last week, the yield on 10-year US government bonds touched an all-time low and stocks have been stuck in neutral for two years. Given the current environment, return caller Ryan asked whether one asset allocation fits all portfolios? In other words, should you put those investments which are
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July06

Bond Yield Plunge is a Boon for Mortgage Borrowers

Post-Brexit uncertainty has meant that global investors are pouring money into so-called safe haven investments, like US government bonds. As prices rise, benchmark 10-year Treasury yields touched an all-time low of 1.344 percent – think about that…if you lend the US government money for ten years, you will only receive just over 1.3 percent interest—and
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July02

Stocks Recover: Is Brexit Fallout Over?

Global stocks have mostly recovered from the previous week’s steep sell-off, so is the Brexit fallout over? History may or may not look back on June 23, 2016 and declare it “UK Independence Day”. Since residents in the United Kingdom voted in a non-binding referendum to leave the European Union, there is still so much unknown,
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July01

#278 Retirement, Fiduciary, Social Security Expansion with Mark Miller

Mark Miller, the editor and publisher of RetirementRevised and nationally recognized expert on trends in retirement and aging, returns to the show to offer his unique perspective. Mark offers a holistic view of retirement security, including healthcare and Medicare, Social Security, retirement investing, midlife careers and housing.  He also writes frequently about retirement-related public policy issues,
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