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Delivery Apps: Convenient? Expensive?

A proliferation of rapid-delivery apps has turned the smart phone into a magic wand that can direct a wide variety of products and services to your door.  Of course, instant gratification tends to carry a price, with a plethora of fees, and delivery and service charges.  Is it worth it?  That is the critical question […]

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Politics, Religion and Investing

There are several topics that are generally considered to be inappropriate for social gatherings involving strangers.  High on the list are politics, religion and grandchildren. Never-the-less, it is important for investors to be current and fully aware of what is going on regarding both politics and religion.  It is also essential that investors distinguish between […]

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Waiting For Inflation?

Over the last several years we have seen a significant increase in the Federal debt and the recently concluded budget deal suggests that both political parties are now on board for continuing deficit spending.  Moreover, this antipathy to fiscal austerity is currently in vogue around the globe. Conventional wisdom would hold that continuing deficit spending […]

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Playing the Hand You’re Dealt

Investors, particularly those reviewing the fixed income part of their portfolios, are lamenting the current reality of relatively low interest rates.  Yes, portfolio management would be easier and more fruitful if the interest rate on the 10 year treasury was 4% instead of 2%.  But it isn’t, so work with your advisor(s) to construct an […]

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Should You Sell Assets to Support a Profligate Lifestyle?

Most investors and families would say no, but not our government. The United States plans to sell 58 million barrels of oil, currently held in the strategic reserve, over a seven year period, from 2018 until 2025, under a budget deal.  This planned sale appears to be directly related to an inability, on the part […]

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Changes to Social Security Claiming Strategies Forthcoming

The good news out of Washington last week is that Congress was able to pass budget legislation and avoid a government shutdown.  The bad news is that some retirees will no longer have access to two popular Social Security claiming strategies, including file-and-suspend and restricted application. For couples who are at or past their full-retirement […]

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