The Pension Muddle Sometimes knowing what is going to happen (or thinking you do) is like getting the booby prize. It’s just not fun. Back in 1998 and 1999 we participated in Y2K information meetings, where the audience could ask questions of the police chief, power company, etc. My part was to address the economic and financial impacts of what was unfolding. Back then, I knew
Don’t Get Railroaded by Wall Street Stock market investing isn’t always as easy as it seemed in the 1990s. Over 200 years of stock market history shows us that there have been seven generation-long bear markets that averaged 14 years in length, during which times money in the stock market generally lost purchasing power. Buy-and-Hold investors often suffer huge losses during these periods, yet traditional financial
Does Time Cut the Risk of Owning Stocks? “No,” Says a Nobel-Winning Economist. While there is a kernel of truth in the argument that a longer holding period increases your odds of making a profit, like many Wall Street myths, the devil is in the details. Friend Roger Schreiner, founder of Select Advisers, makes a compelling argument that the risk of ruin increases the longer you
Home Sales: Not The Logical World of Supply and Demand Generally speaking, the law of supply and demand dictates that when the supply of a certain item goes up, the price will come down. But not so with houses, it seems. The National Association of Realtors reports many months of rising inventories of home listings, yet prices in most areas are not yet backing off.