October 28, 2021 The Big Question The most frequent concern that I hear from clients, regardless of what is happening in the economy, politics, or the market, is, “I worry that the bottom is going to drop out of the market, what can we do about it?” In this situation, there are three main strategies available to us: One: sell and just sit in cash. If
September 30, 2021 The Tip of China’s Iceberg Developments surrounding China’s second-largest property developer, Evergrande, are beginning to remind me of the cracks in the US mortgage markets in 2008. Evergrande is on the verge of bankruptcy, and whether the Chinese government will bail the company out is debatable, considering China’s recent business crackdowns in other areas. With $300 billion in debt, a failure of Evergrande
August 31, 2021 Are We About to See Double-Digit Inflation? We’ve done it before, several times. Inflation, even if it is mild, destroys the purchasing power of your dollars. So, the bigger question beyond “could we see double-digit inflation?” is “how to protect your family and your savings from its ravages?” This question is especially important if you invest in bonds, annuities, CDs, or mortgages. All
August 3, 2021 China Investment Risk Just Went Up Investors in iShares China Large Company ETF (Symbol: FXI) may be wondering why their shares are 17% below the January 2018 price despite all the strong economic reports coming out of China. That is 3½ years with large losses! And they might also wonder why China is considered an “Emerging Market” despite having an economy approaching the
July 1, 2021 The Threat of Inflation Inflation is that phenomenon where dollars buy less and less as time goes on. I’m sure you can see that the prices of food, gasoline and housing are rising fast. Unless you can do without those 3 items, your cost of living is going up, and the purchasing power of your dollars is going down. That is price inflation.