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Financial Perspective: Marry, Cohabitate or Stay Single?

February 22, 2022

People have many different reasons for getting married or not getting married. But for some committed couples, it can come down to a few basic points. One of those is finances. If they hold very different opinions or have contradictory habits when it comes to spending money, finances can become a deal breaker — much…

Market and Economic Outlook for

February 16, 2022

The last month of 2021 was filled with lots of new information — the new omicron variant of the coronavirus first hit U.S. shores, along with cautions that its level of vaccine resistance is best mitigated by a booster shot.1 That’s good news for the fully vaccinated. The unvaccinated, unfortunately, are months away from that level…

The Taxing Landscape of the IRS

February 8, 2022

t seems that millions of taxpayers still have not received their tax refunds from 2020 and even 2019.1 A major reason is due to the defunding of the IRS. Between 2010 and 2019, the department’s funding was cut by 20% in inflation-adjusted dollars, which has led to a 22% reduction of staff.2 Not only has this…

Implications of Omicron

February 1, 2022

The U.S. is in the emergent stages of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. However, we now have some experience in what this could mean moving forward, both for the health and economic impact of the U.S. and our global neighbors. To continue fighting COVID-19 without shutting down schools and businesses, the Biden Administration recently…

American Conglomerates: Past, Present and Future

January 25, 2022

Conglomerates are parent companies that own a number of large subsidiaries. They became popular back in the 1960s with corporations like ITT, LTV and GE, to name a few. In recent years, behemoth American conglomerates have spun off, sold off and pared down.1 However, there are ways to invest in a single “parent company” for…

What’s Up With Inflation

January 19, 2022

Inflation was already on the rise before we learned about the omicron variant. Now on top of supply-chain shortages and transportation disruptions, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently observed that a resurgence of COVID-19 cases could reduce the consumer-driven boom we’ve enjoyed for the past few months. Concerns about safety could result in more workers…

The Investment Greats

January 4, 2022

Not surprisingly, some of the most notable investors in America founded well-known investment companies. For example, John Templeton, whom in 1999 “Money” magazine called “arguably the greatest global stock picker of the century” founded Templeton Funds, best known for its international fund lineup. Thomas Rowe Price Jr., also referred to as “the father of growth…

The Rise of the Unicorn?

January 3, 2022

This past August, close to 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs — the most ever in just one month (since the government began collecting data two decades ago).1 But there isn’t just one reason people are quitting their jobs. There are dozens. Some who had to juggle care for children or elderly relatives have chosen caregiving…

Low Supply Increases Demand

January 3, 2022

Across the board, we’re seeing the capitalist principles of supply and demand both drive and curb U.S. economic activity. As more people have emerged from their hermit-like existence throughout the past year and a half, consumer spending is shifting from goods to services. For example, the services industry (e.g., restaurants, travel, hospitality) is on the…

Outlook For Equities

December 22, 2021

The general outlook for equities is positive toward the end of the year and into 2022. Stocks performed relatively well through the autumn earnings season and, as a general rule, the fourth quarter tends to be the best one for stock performance. While the coronavirus, labor shortages, supply chain issues and rising prices have presented…

America’s Seesaw Wealth

December 15, 2021

It is interesting to evaluate how various economic events throughout time affect different demographics. For example, the 2007-2009 Great Recession saw higher losses in male-oriented jobs, such as construction and manufacturing. The pandemic-induced recession of 2020 was quite the opposite, affecting women to such a degree that the event spawned the term “she-cession.”1 There is…

Single Finances

December 7, 2021

Pew Research Center reported that in 2019, about 38% of adults ages 25 to 34 in the U.S. were not married or living with a partner, up from 29% in 1990.1 While marriage and even long-term relationships are growing less prevalent, the data shows that single people tend to be less financially stable than those…

Capitalism and Competition: Is it Working?

December 2, 2021

In capitalism, all management, labor and profits are privately controlled. In a socialist economy, however, businesses are owned and run by the government, and the workers are employees of the government. The U.S. national health care system is run based on capitalist principles. However, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is an example of…

Who’s Paying Higher Prices?

November 23, 2021

You may have noticed higher prices on the things you buy regularly, like groceries and gas. However, many consumers may not realize that economic factors such as backed-up supply chains, extreme weather events, labor shortages/higher wages, and higher demand are not currently reflected in many consumer prices. Why is that? In some cases, merchants and…

The China Connection

November 16, 2021

America’s outsourcing of manufacturing (and jobs) has been a sore point for many years. But now that there are logistics issues due to the pandemic – costing U.S. companies money – there may be more incentive for reshoring in the future. Alas, some logistics planners are projecting that supply uncertainties, disruptions, and inflationary forces could…