Monthly Archives - August 2017

Bond Bubble

Alan Greenspan Warns of Bond Bubble

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned recently that the bond market bubble is in danger of bursting sometime soon. The originator of the phrase “irrational exuberance” is once again pointing out the dangers of low-interest rates and the likelihood that when rates start rising they will rise rapidly. Greenspan’s Fed and Low-Interest Rates The irony of Greenspan’s most recent comments is that he was responsible during his tenure as Fed Chairman not only for the creation and bursting of the [...]

Pension Funds Private Equity

Private Equity Booming Thanks to Pension Funds

Four of the largest publicly-traded private equity funds recently reported their largest quarterly increase in total assets under management in four years. Much of that increase is due to insurance funds, pension funds, and others pouring money into private equity funds in a bid for better returns on investment. That doesn’t bode well for retirees hoping to benefit from pensions, as the volatility inherent in private equity and the conservatism that should be inherent to pension funds could lead [...]

Currency Risk

Currency Risk and Retirement: Whither the Dollar?

If you’re nearing retirement, or even just starting to plan for retirement, you’ve probably started putting together a list of all the things you need to do and all the things you need to avoid. Make the right investment choices, diversify your portfolio, save more money, come up with a budget. You think you’ve taken care of every possibility, thought of every eventuality, and made multiple contingency plans just in case anything goes awry. But have you thought about [...]