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Medicare: Simplifying the As, Bs, Cs, and Ds!

At age 65, if you are a U.S. citizen, you qualify for Medicare.  Given the continual rising costs of healthcare this is a welcomed benefit.  However, it does not arrive in the mail neatly wrapped in a bow – it can be very confusing.  Recently the financial television show CNBC included a segment on its […]

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MSCI Emerging Market Index and Chinese A shares

Investors will run across the initials MSCI and wonder, what is MSCI?  MSCI Inc. is a U.S. based company that compiles and publishes a series of indices such as the MSCI World Index and is the largest indexing firm in the world.   For example, the MSCI Emerging Market Index is used by global investors as […]

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Pay Day Loans

The issue of pay day loans has been in the news lately with a recurring theme that suggests that the industry is an exploiter of the less well off.  Typically, pay day loans average approximately $400, with a duration of about two weeks.  The annualized cost of these loans, including fees and interest, has been […]

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The Retirement Dilemma

There have been numerous studies related to long term retirement trends.  These examinations of American’s retirement prospects universally conclude that most of us are not adequately providing for our retirement years. Some of the more important findings suggest that some of us are not saving enough and many of us have little or no savings.  […]

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Oil Prices/Oil Costs

As we know, the price of oil is generally quoted in dollars, and the most common reference points are Brent and WTI (West Texas Intermediate).  Due, in part, to increased press coverage and continuing consumer interest in the price of gasoline, most investors are generally familiar with current oil prices. Economists will tell you that […]

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The Risk of Investing in North Korea

An article appeared in The Wall Street Journal yesterday discussing the Obama Administration’s plan to impose sanctions or fines on foreign banks who conduct business with North Korea.  After finishing the article I had to wonder why any company would wish to do business with North Korea after a very recent disastrous event for one […]

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