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Is Your IRA/401k About To Go To Jail?

If you’re not already aware of it, you might benefit from knowing about this conversation that has been occurring – actually, for more than a year now: 401k/IRA Screw Job Coming? Many thanks are due to Karl Denninger for keeping this important topic alive. It’s one that’s not always easy to track due to the […]

Clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity…….SOWHOOOOOOOSH!

When I look at the graph you’re about to see, I can’t help but think back to my last roller-coaster ride. I can literally hear the “clickity-clickity” of the ratchet mechanism slapping beneath the cars, preventing us from slipping backwards as we’re propelled relentlessly forward in a steep and seemingly unstoppable ascent. I remember thinking […]

Surprise! Another Stealth Yet Serious 401(k) Hazard

Note to readers: Participants in 401(k) plans face numerous challenges to building a safe, dependable, fully-integrated, and efficient retirement program for themselves. The unfortunate fact is that many – if not most – plan participants use the 401(k) as their primary (or sole) vehicle for savings and investment. In my opinion, they do this at […]

Commercial Real Estate Closing Shop?

As most of us who carefully follow the macro-economic picture know quite well – there is a certain logical “order” to things and that order has been accurately anticipated by some of us for a very long time. One of the things that’s been looming dark-and-large on the economic horizon is the impending and apparently […]

The Stock Market As Time Machine

I am sure very few people look at it this way but, in reality, the stock market is actually used by most investors as a means of “cheating time” rather than simply as a means of making money. Please read on and allow me to explain. There was a time when stocks were purchased primarily […]

How To Survive The Coming Dollar Collapse

I am posting this article with the permission of its author, Christopher Laird. Chris maintains a newsletter service and a website of his own at www.prudentsquirrel.com. You may want to click through and check it out. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WHO HOLDS THEIR WEALTH IN DOLLARS SHOULD CONSIDER ALL POSSIBLE SCENARIOS WHEN PLANNING FOR […]

Nearing Impact: A U.S. Debt Crash Course

Over the past decade or so, I have occasionally seen an article – or sometimes a chart – referencing the dollar amount of marginal or “extra” U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that is generated by adding each new dollar of government debt. In other words, with their unique brand of wisdom, the federal government tries […]

Jim Rogers Interview: Telling It Like It Is

Anyone who wants to weigh opinions of commentators on financial markets would be well-served to listen to people who have made millions and billions of their own and have ALSO managed their personal affairs in such a way as to break completely free from any constraints of obligation to a particular editorial stance, political party […]

“FACT: Money Market Funds Expose You To Risk” – Updated 10-22-2008

The original posting “FACT: Money Market Funds Expose You To Risk” was made on 09-17-2008, literally days before a wave of other similar articles began to hit the major news media and the web. Things were becoming so treacherous in the money markets at that time that the FED was forced to take immediate action […]

Fixed Indexed Annuities: What They Are and How They Might Benefit You

Fixed indexed annuities – also known as equity indexed annuities – made their initial debut in the middle part of the 1990’s but have been gaining popularity at an especially rapid pace over the last five or six years due, primarily, to the extreme levels of volatility in the stock and bond markets. So why […]