Just a few months ago things were looking up in Europe. The economy seemed to be growing modestly, their central bank was talking about further efforts to stimulate the economy and even the PIGS were beginning to recover. And then came Putin.

You’ve been saving for retirement over these past twenty-five years. Month after month you have put a little away and watched it grow. Now that you are ready to retire, you need to confront an entirely new concept—spending that money.

  The front page of most newspapers on Friday featured at least three hot spots around the world that has investors worried. None of them may be anything to worry about over the long term, but over the next few weeks they have the potential to drive the stock market lower.

  Twenty thousand Russian troops are massing along the Ukraine border. Yesterday, in retaliation for another round of Western sanctions, Vladimir Putin imposed sanctions on certain U.S. and EU imports. And yet the markets barely registered the event. Are investors a bit too complacent?

  “It makes no sense,” groused a client Thursday afternoon. “Second quarter GDP rebounded to 4% and the markets sold off.” Actually, it does.

  In recent weeks, politicians and concerned citizens alike have decried the growing number of corporations that have opted to renounce their citizenship and move off-shore. Rather than simply playing the blame game, a better approach might be to examine the underlying cause for this growing exodus.

Markets fell on Thursday reacting to the news that a commercial airliner had been shot down over the Ukraine. Stocks extended their fall when Israel invaded Gaza later in the day. But by Friday investors, trained to buy the dip, had rushed back into stocks, recouping most of the losses.

  More and more Baby Boomers retire each year. One of the questions that trouble them the most is whether they have enough savings to last their lifetime. The answer largely depends on how much they plan to spend each year.

A spate of global stock market selling put an end to the atmosphere of growing complacency among investors this week. The turmoil came from a variety of sources including Europe, the Middle East and China. The jury is still out over the market’s next move.

The Federal Reserve Bank announced an end to their latest quantitative stimulus program on Wednesday. The markets worldwide sold off on Thursday. Was it just a coincidence?