Coronavirus and Other Oddball Risks

One of the reasons investing never gets boring is because it is an ever-changing, never-sleeping industry that presents new opportunities — and new risks — every day. One of the most recent threats to the global business economy, and therefore investors, is the coronavirus and its far-reaching impact. China, home to much of the world’s…

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What’s Driving the Economy?

As the U.S. economy entered the fall enjoying its ninth year of healthy growth, analysts watch to determine its continuing trajectory. According to the Conference Board, in an Oct. 10 update, its Consumer Confidence Index remained at the highest level since 2000, and its CEO Confidence Index declined in the third quarter but remained solidly…

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Investor Decisions

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently explored how continued low returnscan influence saving, investing and retirement behaviors. According to the report, diminished returns tend to motivate people to save more in non-retirement accounts and less in their 401(k)s, alter their investment allocations, and even delay retirement and claiming Social Security benefits. While recent economic…

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The total cost of Social Security will exceed its income resources this year for the first time since 1982. For now, trustees expect current taxes, interest income on reserves and trust fund asset reserves to provide the funding necessary for both Social Security and Medicare. However, trust fund reserves are projected tobe depleted at the…

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Unemployment is at its lowest level in years. Many Americans are seeing a bump in their paychecks due to the new tax law, and the stock market is remaining resilient in the bullish market. What could go wrong? Inflation, for one, which is why the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates. As part of…

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In his first year in office, President Trump has promoted his “America first” philosophy. This new focus, with its trade protectionism and tough stance on immigration, has somewhat changed the U.S. narrative on a world scale. Considering this new emphasis on America first, perhaps it’s worth looking at how the U.S. ranks on the world…

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Although it’s taken a back seat to domestic concerns over the past year, cybercrime is still on the rise. Attacks such as “Wannacry” shut down health care systems and businesses across the globe in 2017, and the World Economic Forum estimates cybercrimes cost the global economy about $445 billion a year. It is a unifying…

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  Government debt sales are set to more than double in 2018, lifting net issuance to $1.3 trillion, the most since 2010, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimates. With the Federal Reserve shrinking its bond holdings and deficits poised to swell even before considering the tax overhaul, all signs point to higher financing costs.…

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Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, 221,000 of them in the private sector. Both are nicely above their averages over the last six months, 164,000 headline and 162,000 private. Almost all the major sectors and subsectors were positive. Mining and logging was up 7,000 (slightly above the average for the last year); construction, 24,000 (well…

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