Archive | July, 2011

Bumping up against the debt ceiling

25 Jul

You don’t have to be a news junkie to know that the debt ceiling is the political and financial hot topic du jour. Debate over the debt ceiling–should we raise it, how can we address long-term structural deficits–has been dominating print, TV and online media for weeks; if not months. While there is some debate [...]

The only certainty is uncertainty

25 Jul

Back when the recession was at its peak in 2008, the government responded with a large and much-discussed stimulus package. Whether you agree or disagree with that approach, the subsequent follow-up to that stimulus spending should leave all of us somewhat concerned. It’s worth noting that much of the short-term impact from the stimulus package [...]

Fringing benefits?

25 Jul

We have seen over and over again in recent polls that, for businesses, families and individuals alike, the biggest financial concern right now isn’t the price of gas or the cost of a gallon of milk; it’s the direction–or, perhaps more accurately, the lack of direction–of the country with regard to our financial policies. The [...]

Your 5-year pre-retirement checklist

25 Jul

There’s a lot of investment and financial planning advice out there, particularly with regard to retirement planning and long-term wealth management. But for those approaching retirement, it can be difficult to cut through the chatter and boil things down to the basics. Here is what you need to know from a strategic standpoint: Beware of [...]