Archive | September, 2013

Generating interest

30 Sep

Regular readers of this blog might have me pegged as a serial pessimist. When it comes to the big-picture economic outlook, I’ve been sounding the alarm for some time now. I simply feel that there are too many shaking and unsustainable pillars propping up the markets and the economy right now, and I have a [...]

Taking control

23 Sep

This may sound a little bit odd coming from someone who dispenses financial planning and retirement advice for a living, but one of the biggest problems I see on a day-to-day basis is people not taking enough individual control of their own retirement. The advice of a trusted and experienced professional is generally helpful, of [...]

“It’s part-time in America”

16 Sep

Clint Eastwood’s famous “Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad from 2012 sounded a note of defiant optimism about the American economy. It’s tough for anyone who heard Clint talk about how “the world is going to hear the roar of our engines” not to feel inspired. But, while the ad stated that it was “halftime [...]

What economic recovery?

9 Sep

While many of the large-scale economic indicators have been underwhelming for some time now, the recent news that many U.S. retailers experienced a significantly worse 2nd quarter than they anticipated (and the not-unrelated trend toward more pessimistic retail forecast for the 3rd and 4th quarters) casts a darker shadow. Fundamentally, this is a consumer-driven economy, [...]