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Central Banks

Who’s On Deck at the Fed?

You may remember that in early September I wrote about the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) – basically, the Fed officials who vote on monetary and interest rate policies, which

Investing

Closed-End Bond Funds are Ripe for the Picking

You really can’t beat getting a dollar for 90 cents. Unless, of course, you manage to find one for 85 cents. While deals like that really shouldn’t exist in the

Innovation

Our Shopping Habits Say Something About Us

Thanksgiving is officially in our rearview mirror, and all I have to show for it is about five more pounds on the scale and a new belt loop going in

Foreign Markets

China’s Economic Imperialism Could Spell Trouble

In 2007, a Chinese company bought Mount Toromocho in Peru. That’s right. A mountain, in another country. It’s more than half the height of Mount Everest, but aesthetic beauty wasn’t

Gold

Why Gold Isn’t Rallying After Trump’s Win

Even though the markets haven’t behaved logically of late, it would have seemed a slam dunk for gold to rise if Donald Trump won. After all, we faced uncertainty around

Economy

Life’s Too Short to Lose Your Head in a Walmart Parking Lot at 3 A.M.

I like saving money. A lot. In fact, I’m a cheapskate and actually take pride in my stinginess. But you won’t see me fighting the crowds on Black Friday. Not

Demographic Trends

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Regret Missing Personal Time

This month I received a jolt to my system, and I’m not talking about the election. The day before voters elected Donald Trump the next president, my brother died of

Investing

Role Reversals Are the New Trend

Back on November 1, one week before the presidential election – what now feels like an eternity ago, in political-regime-change time – I wrote to Cycle 9 Alert subscribers about

Foreign Markets

How Unpredictable Will the Crack Heads be About Italy?

Italy has a major referendum on December 4, the results of which could mark the start of an Italian exit… yet U.S. and most global stocks keep going up. They

Interest Rates

No Excuses!

As you know, I’ve been talking about a turn higher in long-term interest rates for going on two months now, while Harry has been talking about the “Fixed Income Trade