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Inflation and Its Effects on Your Portfolio

Inflation is a major drain on investment portfolios — and indeed, almost any other financial product. Many people don’t understand fully how inflation works, so it’s often ignored. However, when a portfolio doesn’t get sufficient return, it can wind up being worth substantially less than you think in actual terms, making it important to pay attention to pressures like inflation.

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Why Gold and Silver Are Climbing and What That Means for Investors

Our economy is very much governed by its surroundings. The announcement of a federal interest rate hike often causes the stock market to decline, even before it goes into effect. News of Brexit last year caused both the pound and the euro to plummet in value, even though Britain was still nearly a year away from taking even the first steps towards actually leaving the EU.

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Is Gold The Best Form of Money?

Through the years, money has been represented by beads, stones, metals or glass, depending on the culture. It was a way to barter for goods without needing to actually store and transport those goods immediately. The concept of money became particularly useful related to perishable goods, such as food.

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Early Withdrawal From a 401(k): What Happens?

Saving for retirement can seem somewhat expensive, and when you’re in dire straits, it can be very tempting to raid your 401(k) to pay off credit card bills or pocket funds that are already in your retirement account. However, this has serious consequences on retirement income, and it’s not so good for the companies that maintain these investment vehicles, either.

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Largest Bomb in U.S. Arsenal Could Make Economic Waves

GBU-43/B, also called “mother of all bombs” or MOAB, has been dropped in Afghanistan, marking a dramatic change in the way the current administration plans to conduct operations in the area. While the weapon was planned for use on the Iraqi battlefield, it was never used as there was limited resistance there. The bomb was likely dropped in response to the death of a U.S. special forces operative in the same area.

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Buy Into Gold to Avoid Bursting Bubbles

Gold — and other precious metals — are one of the few assets today that aren’t overvalued. While other stocks approach potentially dangerous bubbles, gold tends to keep stable. Most investors know that buying low and selling high is the key to successful wealth building, but that’s not easy to do if you’re constantly purchasing from overvalued investment classes.

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