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Why High-Flying Stock Markets Aren’t Benefiting Retirees

Stock market bulls in the financial media love to tout high stock prices as proof that the economy is doing well and that good times will continue indefinitely. But while high stock prices (and the amazing volatility of the past year) have benefited many traders on Wall Street, they haven’t benefited investors and retirees. After stocks reached all-time highs last year they began to plummet, before reaching highs again late in the year. That was followed by one of the [...]

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Inflation Is Low… Or Is It?

If you’ve read Federal Reserve press releases over the past decade, one thing that the Fed constantly drones on about is how low inflation is. The Fed wants to target a 2% annual inflation rate and is always complaining that inflation is running lower than that target. The folks at the Fed act as though rising prices are a good thing and that falling prices are a curse to be avoided. But while rising asset prices may be a [...]

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Forbes: Gold Has Outperformed Stock Markets Since 1999

Read any of the mainstream financial media commentary about gold and you’ll likely hear that gold is a horrendous investment that doesn’t make any gains and doesn’t provide investors with any growth in wealth. But that attitude is most often coming from pundits who made great gains in the ‘80s and ‘90s and haven’t actually taken a good look at actual asset performance in decades. Those investors who actually dig deep and look at the numbers know that gold [...]

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The world is drowning in a sea of debt

Economic Collapse Confirmed

The United States economy is currently faced with a debt bubble of epic proportions. But the most insidious thing about it may not be just its size, but rather how few people are even aware that it exists. The massive debt bubble, fueled both by the federal government and by corporations, has begun to receive a little bit of attention from the press, but the effects of that bubble are not appreciated by the vast majority of Americans. Debt can [...]

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World Trade Is Beginning to Collapse: Is Recession Just Around the Corner?

The numbers aren’t looking good for international trade. Industrial production, exports, and imports are all falling around the world. While President Trump gets a significant portion of the blame for that from the mainstream media, the fault isn’t entirely his. Yes, tariffs on Chinese and European goods have exacerbated trade disputes and worsened the trade situation, but things were going to get bad anyway. China’s economy continues to weaken, with rapid growth topping off now that its middle class has [...]

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The Benefits of Tax-Advantaged Retirement Accounts

The number of options available to Americans looking to save for retirement has probably never been higher. From stocks to bonds to mutual funds, precious metals to agricultural commodities to ETFs, there are thousands upon thousands of investment options available to investors. In fact, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming to the investor just looking to make a safe, comfortable return in order to build up savings for retirement. Most investors stick to tried and true [...]

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Silver Is No Longer the Forgotten Metal; Demand Continues to Grow

While gold gets all the attention from the mainstream financial media, silver just lurks in the background, drawing attention mainly from dedicated precious metals investors. Often referred to as “poor man’s gold,” silver’s significantly lower price allows investors to dip their toes into precious metals markets without having to shell out huge amounts of cash. Plus, with so much silver coinage having been produced over the years there’s a much larger variety of silver products out there to choose [...]

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President Trump wants more quantitative easing

President Trump Calls for QE4; That’s Bad News for the Dollar

Before a recent trip to the border with Mexico, President Trump called on the Fed to end its tightening of monetary policy and begin a new policy of quantitative easing. According to Trump, “I personally think the Fed should drop rates, they’ve really slowed us down. There’s no inflation. In terms of quantitative tightening, it should be quantitative easing.” Trump apparently believes that QE4 would stimulate the economy, saying “I think they should drop rates and get rid of [...]

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Newsmax: Citi Commodities Expert Sees $1,400 Gold by End of 2019

With the price of gold still hovering around the $1,300 per ounce range, many investors are impatiently waiting for a breakout. As with any other investment, patience is a virtue. Investing in gold is a long-term strategy, not a short-term get rich quick type of investment. But those investors who have been patient and who have held on to gold should be richly rewarded this year as gold prices are set to rise. Wall Street analysts are almost universally bullish [...]

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Trump’s New Fed Picks: Will the Fed Soon Start Talking Gold?

President Trump has had the unprecedented ability to shape the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in a way that no other President has. Three of the current five Board members were appointed by him, and he just recently announced two new nominations, Stephen Moore and Herman Cain. That means that by the end of his first term he will have appointed 5 of the 7 members of the Fed’s Board of Governors and 5 of the 12 members of [...]

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