What lessons have we learned from the Great Recession and the sudden impact of the pandemic on our business plans and personal lives? We can fool ourselves into equating taking in information as action but if we do not implement the new knowledge into our behavior, we cannot expect to see much improvement.
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When a vendor offers you the choice of Delivery or Curbside pick-up, what is the deciding factor on which you will choose? Usually time, right? If we want it faster than the stated delivery time, we will come to pick it up ourselves. Germany just commissioned its fifth ship, called Floating Regasification Units, to pick up liquefied natural gas from countries around the world1. It is perhaps feeling the urgency of time before winter approaches...
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Have you ever decided to prune back a beautiful bush or tree that you have enjoyed? It can be tough to judge how much to cut back because you want to help it and not hurt it. Well, it appears to me that is the difference in opinion roiling the markets right now with Fed Chair Powell. We experienced a modest pullback in inflation in July and the markets were elated with a nice run-up...
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It’s not uncommon for someone to receive a large inheritance or another windfall, only to see it blown away. Here are some tips to avoid the same fate.
With the fervor that market news outlets are reporting fears of a recession, it reminds me of the children’s story tale of Henny-Penny running around crying that the sky is falling. Some analysts are saying it is as if we are trying to talk ourselves into a recession. Let’s take a rational pause and digest what is happening around us. I just returned from a retirement conference where Kenneth Entenmann, CFA, Chief Economist for Epic...
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20-for-1 Split?! Say what? I first wrote this primer on the attributes of stock last November. However, with the recent announcements of two of America’s largest tech companies announcing 20-for-1 stock splits, I have been getting more questions from those wanting to understand it better. So, let’s have a re-read – hope you enjoy it! Let’s take stock of stock! There has been much in the headlines about inflation, and we’ve been feeling its effects...
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Self-determination is a powerful force to reckon with and the Ukrainian people are valiantly demonstrating that. I remember the pride in my maternal grandfather’s voice when he would remind us that the Seminoles (of Florida) were not under a treaty with the U.S. The U.S. government would spend more money, ammunition and deploy more soldiers fighting the Seminole Indians than all other tribal nations combined.1 When a people refuse to be conquered, the spirit of...
You could be earning a 13.9% bonanza like those running the stretch this year. Some of my long-term readers may remember I originally posted this financial strategy in February 2018 when I shared a story of how I nutritionally prepared myself for a heavy-laden run in Tibet where the high altitude has low oxygen levels which make running difficult. Well, the Social Security Administration has just announced an increase of 5.9% to Social Security income...
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Last year’s March threw a curve-ball to everyone’s routines. This year’s March revealed incredible gains for those companies that had a service or product to offer us while we were figuring out how to survive a pandemic. The earnings recently announced by these companies have been an equivalent of kids coming home and reporting one by one that they made the honor roll on their report card. As a mother of three, you can see...