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Financial Independence

Financial Independence

While many were enjoying an extended break last week, there was good news and bad news on the financial independence front. For the economy, independence from a Federal Reserve rate cut proved to be the right course of action, at least for now.

Investor Panic Prevention Plan

Investor Panic Prevention Plan

December has been a rough month for investors, the kind of month that makes even the most battle scarred veterans’ hold their breath and hope for a sign that the worst is over. Sorry to say that there is never such a sign, which is why the saying “they don’t ring a bell at the top or at the bottom!” came into being.

Shutdown V3.0 Ushers in NASDAQ Bear

Shutdown V3.0 Ushers in NASDAQ Bear

Welcome to the third government shutdown of 2018! Did you forget about the first two? In January, there was a three-day closure, and then in February, there was the one-day sequel. In both of those instances, investors shrugged off the news and stocks actually edged up during those days-long shutdowns.

Did Tariff Man or Yield Curve Tank Stocks?

Did Tariff Man or Yield Curve Tank Stocks?

It was an exhausting week for investors, even though there were only four trading sessions. Monday’s U.S.-China 90-day trade “time out” stock bounce was dwarfed by big sell-offs throughout the rest of the week. The drubbing began after the President’s tweet that he is a “tariff man,” shortly followed by another, which questioned whether a “real deal” with Beijing is actually possible.

CBS Evening News: Stocks Tumble

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by almost 800 points and shares of tech giants fared even worse. It was a reversal from the market's gains Monday, when Wall Street celebrated news of a truce in the U.S.-China trade fight. I discussed on the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor.

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CBS Sunday Morning: Are We due Another Banking Crisis?

In 2008, the banking system was near total collapse, the stock market was in free fall, and government officials (it seemed to many) were as clueless as the rest of us. I joined CBS Sunday Morning for a look back at the housing and banking crisis that almost dragged the world down into another Great Depression, talking with historian Adam Tooze and Wall Street Journal reporter Gretchen Morgenson about how many of the new rules put into place to protect the system from suffering another meltdown are being diluted.

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