Hanging in there

Russia’s attempted annexation of the Ukraine, China’s internal economic woes, the less than auspicious enrollment numbers in Obama’s health care initiative are just a few of the difficulties that the stock market has had to overcome this week. Given the news, stocks are hanging in there. (more…)

“Today women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” … President Barak Obama, State of the Union Address.

This week the President met with female members of congress to discuss income inequality among the sexes. At the same time, the Democratic Party is making the passage of a minimum wage bill part of their campaign strategy for mid-tem elections this year. It appears that how much a woman makes in this country has suddenly become important. (more…)

 

It is official. We made a new high this week and the markets appeared to be in “melt-up” mode. So why is everyone cautious? (more…)

True Confessions

Money holds a great deal of power over us. For many, it is a symbol of worth, competence, freedom, prestige, masculinity, control and security. No wonder most of us have such a hard time talking about ours. (more…)

Interest rates have been on a downward path for almost thirty years. In May of last year, thanks to the Fed’s taper talk, that direction has reversed. This week it was revealed that some Fed officials are actually discussing when to hike interest rates.  (more…)

 

 

Buy outs and early retirement packages are increasingly becoming a part of the American landscape. Not a day goes by when some group of employees somewhere are offered financial incentives to retire early. If it happens to you, this is what you should consider. (more…)

Just about there

What a difference one week makes. All the concerns that were ostensibly responsible for the stock market’s 7% decline in January have already been forgotten. It appears investors are bound and determined to push the markets back to the highs. (more…)

 

Both houses of congress passed the debt ceiling this week with no strings attached. That means that global investors will be assured that the United States will honor its commitments until at least March 15, 2015. Should we care? (more…)

The markets have weathered the recent storm of selling and have sprung back fairly quickly this week. There may still be a squall or two ahead, but it appears the worst is over for now. (more…)

If you still have your money invested in your former employer’s retirement plan, you may want to rethink the wisdom of that decision. Time and again, retirees, or those saving toward retirement, take the easy way out and do nothing. That could be a big mistake. (more…)