Archives for November, 2013

Fantasy Stocks for a Fantasy Market

They don’t ring bells at the top, but when a company called Fantex Holdings plans to sell shares in professional athletes and possibly actors and musicians, a chill should race up the spine of investors. You know this isn’t your grandfather’s market when a company pushing chicken wings (Buffalo Wild Wings) sells at over 40 […]

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Higher Interest Rates: No Longer a Death Sentence for Gold

By Justin Spittler, Hard Assets Alliance Analyst The announcement by Bernanke & Co. that the Fed would stay the course with its asset-purchasing program until it sees more evidence of a strengthening economy sent shock waves across the investment world. The Dow and S&P 500 has rocketed to all-time highs, and the dollar has plummeted. […]

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Street Smarts—Staying in the Game

Fifty-eight percent of workers have not even tried to calculate how much they need for retirement, let alone put a plan in place. To stay in the game, you have to get in the game. As a reader of articles like this, you are already past that hurdle. In a recent web event, Jeff White, […]

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Street Smarts—Staying in the Game

Fifty-eight percent of workers have not even tried to calculate how much they need for retirement, let alone put a plan in place. To stay in the game, you have to get in the game. As a reader of articles like this, you are already past that hurdle. In a recent web event, Jeff White, […]

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Outside the Box: A Limited Central Bank

  This week’s Outside the Box is unusual, even for a letter that is noted for its unusual offerings. It is a speech from last week by Charles I. Plosser, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia at (surprisingly to me) the Cato Institute’s 31st Annual Monetary Conference, Washington, DC. I suppose that if […]

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The Greatest Opportunity in 30 Years

I caught myself daydreaming last week… It’s October 27, 2008, and Silver Wheaton (SLW) just hit $3 per share. I buy 10,000 shares, more than I’ve ever devoted to any one stock. I sell half when it hits $33 per share and pocket $150,000 after a 1,000% gain. I pay off the mortgage, and my […]

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Getting the Most from Your 401(k)

People who invest heavily in their 401(k)s expect to have enough money to retire. Many are surprised when they come up short—a topic Frontline recently covered in “The Retirement Gamble.” What is going wrong? The show cited mutual fund fees, a topic we tackled in depth in our special report The Top 10 ETFs to […]

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Getting the Most from Your 401(k)

People who invest heavily in their 401(k)s expect to have enough money to retire. Many are surprised when they come up short—a topic Frontline recently covered in “The Retirement Gamble.” What is going wrong? The show cited mutual fund fees, a topic we tackled in depth in our special report The Top 10 ETFs to […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Unintended Consequences of ZIRP

  Yellen’s coronation was this week. Art Cashin mused that it was a wonder some senator did not bring her a corsage: it was that type of confirmation hearing. There were a few interesting questions and answers, but by and large we heard what we already knew. And what we know is that monetary policy […]

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Living on Two Paychecks or on Too Many Expectations?

A good friend once asked me, “How come in the 1950s, you could support a family on a single paycheck, but now my wife and I both have to work to make ends meet?” I’d heard this question many times before. People give countless answers, from the Fed’s inflationary policies to the lack of decent-paying […]

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