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Interest Rates: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In May, the 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 54 basis points to 2.24 percent in the span of one month. Economists have been predicting the eventual rise in interest rates, but a jump this big in such a short time […]

Designing Retirement Income

In May, Investment News, the financial news publication, held its 2013 Retirement Income Summit, bringing together leaders from the worlds of investing, government and academia to share the latest thinking in retirement policy, Social Security, insurance, estate planning and taxation […]

Surveying America

How often do you participate in a survey? Maybe you’re stopped outside a store while shopping, or you answer one of those annoying phone calls that always seem to be right around suppertime. Do you stop and graciously give up […]

New World, Old World – Our World

Countries that have been previously referred to as emerging are gaining respect with a new moniker: The New World. In May, the Boston Consulting Group published its 13th annual report on global wealth, in which it revealed that the “New […]

Budget Cuts: Who Loses?

In an effort to balance the budget, Americans are bound to come out ahead in the long run. But it’s the short run we might want to be worried about.   In recent news, we learned that four federal agencies […]

Ire With the IRS

The IRS has recently come under fire for targeting tea-party-affiliated groups when scrutinizing applications for exempted tax status.   Some organizations’ applications were delayed by up to three years, which meant they were unable to prove their tax-exempt status with […]

Boomers Dating, Jobs Up, Stocks Happy

According to a new report by IBISWorld, almost one-third of adults ages 50 to 64 are divorced, widowed or never married. Wow. We talk a lot about “average” adults and “traditional” values, but that’s really an eye-opening statistic for this […]

Here’s to the Ladies!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but before we take the spotlight off dear mom, let’s take a moment to talk about the influence of mothers–and women in general–on all things financial.   Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and […]

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

According to a news survey by The Millionaire Corner, a Series 65 online resource about investing, this highly charged political environment regarding the future is about as stressful as swatting at mosquitoes during a Friday night barbeque. The real issues, […]

Boil and Bubble: Potential Bond Trouble

“Double, double. Toil and Trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” This is dialogue from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Translated into today’s vernacular, it could describe what many see as a bubble in today’s bond market.   [CLICK HERE to read the […]