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Preparing for Armageddon

Preparing for Armageddon

Given the fighting in Syria, anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the down to the wire vote on Brexit, the expanding U.S. impeachment inquiry, not to mention ongoing trade conflicts between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and the European Union and South Korea and Japan, it’s easy to understand why people are worried about the current state of the globe.

Does Solid Jobs Report Belie Potential Risks?

Does Solid Jobs Report Belie Potential Risks?

The September jobs report rescued what was shaping up to be a tough week for investors. After one measure of U.S. manufacturing fell to a decade low in September and a separate service sector index dropped to a three-year low, the Labor Department reported 136,000 jobs were added in September.

College Financing 2019

College Financing 2019

Impeachment! Brexit! Trade Talks! There’s a lot to take in, and no, you shouldn’t try to game out how any of these events will impact your investments, because these is no precedent for the conditions that exist. Instead of going back in time to recreate what could happen, your time would be better spent focusing on an area that is within your control: the college financing process.

Are Index Funds Dangerous?

Are Index Funds Dangerous?

While focusing on the Federal Reserve’s quarter-point interest rate cut, you may have missed an interesting milestone in the investing world: For the first time ever, U.S. index (passive) mutual funds have more money invested in them than active, stock picking funds.

The Weight of College Financing

The Weight of College Financing

When I talk about funding college, I proffer the usual advice: Build your family’s financial foundation (pay down debt, establish an emergency reserve fund, and maximize retirement plan contributions) BEFORE trying to tackle college funding; talk to your kid as early as freshman year in high school about what the family can afford; and don’t shortchange your own or your child’s financial future by amassing mounds of debt.

Mixed Jobs Report Bolsters Fed Rate Cut Case

Mixed Jobs Report Bolsters Fed Rate Cut Case

The August report bolsters the case for another quarter-point interest rate cut when the Federal Reserve meets on September 17-18. Officials will cite the slowdown in job growth and softening manufacturing data, but will also likely reiterate that the economy remains on solid footing overall.