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If Warren Buffett Is Getting Out of Stocks, Shouldn’t You Too?

There has probably never been a bigger cheerleader for stock markets than US billionaire Warren Buffett. The legendary investor and CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has always been one to speak his mind, and in his mind stocks are the only way to grow wealth. Buffett isn’t shy about putting his trust in stock markets and is always looking for a good deal. That’s why Berkshire Hathaway’s recent moves are leading many to question whether stocks are really [...]

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A Growing Number of Baby Boomers Are Overexposed to Stocks: Are You One of Them?

With stock markets reaching another record high this week, albeit just barely, even those who strongly believe that a recession is just around the corner are beginning to have second thoughts. That’s only natural, as stock markets have been essentially in a holding pattern for nearly two years. After breaking through multiple thousand-point barriers beginning in 2016 and moving into 2017, the Dow Jones has had to really struggle over the past two years to gain another 1,000 points. Watching [...]

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Determine Palladium Price vs. Gold Price and Which Is Best for Your Investments

While gold may be the best known and most popular precious metal for investors, some investors may be looking for something more. Gold’s performance is almost boringly stable over the long term, which is great for investors looking to maintain the value of their investments over a period of time. But sometimes precious metals investors want to make significant short-term gains too. That’s where other precious metals can play an important role in diversifying investors’ portfolios and helping them [...]

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Next Year’s Election Could Have Major Consequences for Your Investments

One of the themes that has marked this year’s Democratic debates has been the topic of Medicare for all. On the surface it seems like a great idea, expanding Medicare so that everyone will have healthcare. But as with many things that sound good, the devil is in the details. In this case, it’s a pretty big devil in the form of a $52 trillion bill. Where does a government that’s already $23 trillion in debt get the money [...]

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What Factors Affect Gold Prices the Most?

Investors in any asset want their assets to appreciate in value. Being able to understand what causes their assets to appreciate in value is key to making an investment decision, and investing in gold is no different. If you’re investing in gold, or in any other asset, you’re likely interested in long-term price growth. Being able to understand what affects the current gold prices is important to your decision to invest in gold. Many people talk about “the price of gold” [...]

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Russia Ditching the Dollar Is Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin

For decades the US dollar has been the world’s reserve currency. That has afforded the US government a number of benefits, most especially the ability to create massive amounts of government debt that are readily purchased by investors and institutions around the world. But the dollar’s time as the world’s reserve currency may be coming to an end, as many countries are tiring of constantly having to use dollars on world markets. And recent actions by Russia may very [...]

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The Problem With Public Companies That Most Stock Market Investors Don’t Think About

Most investors learn early on that stocks are the best way to grow their wealth. It’s a lesson that has become accepted throughout the investment community and isn’t questioned at all. So many investors have made so much money through their 401(k) plans, IRAs, and brokerage accounts that no one ever thinks about whether there are other, better investment options. It’s true that over the long term stocks have been a pretty good choice for investors to grow their wealth, [...]

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Are Stocks Really That Great for Growth?

Stock market bulls have been making the rounds on mainstream financial news shows trying to make the case that stock markets remain a great investment. Their views are based less on analysis of economic fundamentals than they are on analysis of financial data that isn’t necessarily indicative of anything. The fact that trillions of dollars of money flooded the financial system over the past decade and that high stock prices have always been the lagging indicator of financial bubbles [...]

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Dotcom Bubble 2.0 Is Here: Are Your Retirement Savings Protected?

The dotcom bubble of the late 1990s tapped into the euphoria surrounding the then-new internet. Internet commerce was in its infancy, but the possibility of ordering goods online and having them delivered right to your door intrigued a great number of people. The sky seemed to be the limit when it came to tech companies, as everyone wanted to get in on what seemed like a can’t-miss growth opportunity. As hindsight demonstrated, many of the companies that sought to take [...]

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How to Open an Individual 401(k) Without an Employer

For decades most people assumed that they would find a job after college, work hard for 30-40 years, and retire comfortably with a pension. But that assumption has long since gone by the wayside. Pensions are largely a thing of the past in the private sector, job stability is not what it used to be, and retirement saving is now almost solely the responsibility of employees themselves. Not only do people today hop from job to job more often than [...]

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