Archive | January, 2017

Low Rates Force Hands for Pensions, Retirees

30 Jan

Pensions may be a thing of the past in terms of benefits offered by employers and governments, but they’re still very much present-tense in their liabilities and the fact that many retirees rely on them. That makes it even more troubling that they’re underfunded, meaning their liabilities are greater than the value of assets they [...]

Policy Intentions vs. Reality

23 Jan

Since the financial meltdown in 2008-09, we’ve been engaged in one of the biggest bull markets in history. To me, a market snapshot of that period would show overvalued companies and overbearing regulation. It’s almost like pessimism fueled eight years of growth! President Trump is expected to enact pro-growth policies, but it could actually result [...]

Overwhelming Debt May Force Trump Economic Proposals

16 Jan

With Donald Trump set to be president, it’s clear we need compromise to move forward from the divisive and combative election period. But there’s a problem. We know we need compromise, but too many of us want several incompatible things at once. For instance, we want health care. That’s a noble aim – we want [...]

Bonds Sales Increase Yield, Feed Equities Buys

9 Jan

Amidst all the hoopla from the presidential election, something has been spiraling in the bond market – the amount of investment! The bond market overall has seen its worst sell off in 13 years, marked by a 5 percent drop between Nov. 1-15, 2016 – that’s one week before and one week after the election. [...]