Investment Education
US yield curve

Yield Curve Inversions Don’t Improve Investment Outcomes

– October 9, 2019

In light of the yield curve signal’s inability to overperform, it seems that for most investors the takeaway is that yield curve inversions are mostly noise. Ignore them and stick to your strategy. 

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Investment Education
financialadvisor

How To Decode Investment Advisor Speak

– July 5, 2019

This is my short list of things I hear way too often in the investment industry, and my honest translation into English.

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Economic History, Investment Education
medicitomb

There’s No Such Thing as Socially Harmful Speculation

– May 10, 2019

Financial markets, including markets for complex instruments that may just look like speculative casino bets, allow important real transactions to occur. And in a brilliantly decentralized way, they bring into harmony people whose information, values, goals, and risk aversion differ.

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Investment Education
gekkophone

You Don’t Really Know When to Buy or Sell

– February 21, 2019

Active managers may be good at finding buying opportunities, but they seem to lose their discipline when it comes to selling.

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Fiscal Policy, Investment Education
socialsecurity

Making America Broke (More Than It Already Is)

– September 18, 2018

Social Security is in the hole. It’s time to stop digging. 

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AIER Classics, Inflating, Investment Education, Sound Money

What Will Inflation and Devaluation Mean to You?

– July 25, 2017

By Donald G. Ferguson, Bion H. Francis, E. C. Harwood, Benjamin D. Manton, and Their Assistants on the Institute Staff Part I Where Does Money Come From, and What Is Inflation? Has the Danger of Inflation Passed? Part II Inflation’s Timing an …

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Investment Education, Research Briefs

Why Can’t Americans Save?

– December 27, 2016

Financial wellness has become a popular topic with policymakers, human resources departments, and the financial media. The concept is simple: Just as with physical health, financial wellness assesses your ability to support yourself into old age. 

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Daily Economy News, Investment Education

Is the Rydex S&P 500 Fund the Worst Mutual Fund in the World?

– July 28, 2016

It is generally a reasonable approach to invest in passively managed index funds because research has shown that actively managed funds have not shown a consistent ability to beat their indexes. But you’ve got to pay attention to the fees.

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Daily Economy News, Investment Education

How Fear Helps Predict Stock Returns

– July 21, 2016

Stocks are well known for their high volatility. Stocks respond to financial, economic, and political events in real time.  The recent Brexit vote, for example, caused a sharp drop in stock prices. But the U.S. stock market was able to rebound in several days. Going forward, it is certain that stock markets will be sensitive to events like the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting (July 26-27), the ongoing presidential election, oil shocks, and so on. But it is far from certain whether we can predict future stock returns. However, an index, called VIX, may surprise investors.

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Daily Economy News, Investment Education

Can You Expect Your Money to Double in 10 Years?

– April 13, 2016

Sometimes when I do a back-of-the-napkin estimate about how much I’ll have saved in the future, I’ll use a handy formula known as the “rule of 72.” This rule says that if you divide 72 by your rate of return, the resulting number is roughly how many years it will take your money to double.

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