April 1, 2021 What’s Up with Inflation? Rising interest rates have put inflation back in the news, with the Federal Reserve and Treasury department saying “Don’t worry. This inflation is only temporary.” That may be possible, but betting on it could be hazardous to your financial health. Inflation can ruin the value of anything denominated in dollars such as bonds, annuities and CDs and savings accounts.
March 2, 2021 The Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020 In a year of oddities, one of the more curious mysteries of 2020 was why on earth people would feel the need to hoard toilet paper during a Covid lockdown? As crazy as human behavior can become, it just didn’t make much sense. Mr. Haverly, in 8th grade, may have been the best teacher I ever
February 2, 2021 Hi-Ho Sliver Away: Is This the Largest Pump and Dump Scheme Ever? Crazy investor behavior is the single most dependable feature of late-stage bubbles. We see plenty of it now, as fund manager Jeremy Grantham recently stated. Day traders, many of whom trade on a site called Robinhood and communicate on social media site Reddit, coordinated their actions last week and ganged up
January 5, 2021 New Year Predictions Looking ahead is a valuable tool for successful investors, but it is dangerous to look farther ahead than one can reasonably see. While it is good to keep an eye out for a curve while driving, it does no good trying to see around that curve, and trying can distract you from the real task at hand which is keeping
December 1, 2020 What the Markets Are Doing (By Ryan Redfern, Shadowridge Asset Management, LLC) November appears to be getting back to normal for the stock market now that we’re past the election tension. Volatility, measured by the VIX index, has been steadily falling back to the lows we saw in mid-August. And the S&P 5001 has slowly risen back to, and just beyond, the highs