Friday, December 11, 2015
Sunday, January 28, 2018

The U.S. dollar crumbled on Wednesday after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested that a weaker U.S. dollar would benefit the U.S. economy. In the aftermath of the comment, the U.S. dollar reached a three-year low against its major trading partners.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

As bitterly cold temperatures descended across the U.S. last week, even the Sunshine State felt the chill. Temperatures dropped below freezing across much of Central Florida on Wednesday and Thursday night, threatening the state’s crops.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has generated a lot of media hype, much of which is coming from the extreme wings of both political parties and much of which is simply not true. Here is some perspective.

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has generated a lot of media hype, much of which is coming from the extreme wings of both political parties and much of which is simply not true. Here is some perspective.

Americans’ love of meat is expected to hit a new high, according to a projection from the USDA. The government agency expects Americans to consume an average of 222 pounds of red meat and poultry during 2018.

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017

As markets approached the Christmas holiday, it was particularly fitting that futures on evergreens were exploding. Rather than representing last-minute Christmas tree demand, the rallying market was actually lumber futures, which were responding to stronger-than-expected housing outlooks.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Q. I like to wait until the week of Christmas or even Christmas Eve to do my shopping. Some years I get a bonus that I use for Christmas gifts. This year I didn’t get a bonus. I don’t know how I’ll pay for my Christmas shopping. Should I borrow the money?

What does spirituality have to do with financial planning? That was my first thought when Stephen Brody, CFP, ChFC, EdD, contacted me about being interviewed for his doctoral dissertation on "Assessing Spirituality in Financial Life Planning." The incongruity of the idea intrigued me, so I agreed.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

At the gym where I work out it’s not uncommon to hear us old guys complaining in the locker room about our aches and pains. When the complaining subsides, inevitably someone will remark, "Well, at least getting old is better than the alternative."

Sunday, December 03, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017

As U.S. farmers are finishing the soybean harvest this week, they were greeted with rising soybean prices, which neared $10 per bushel. Prices gained on hopes for more demand from China’s pork producers, who need soybeans to feed their increasing hog herds. Livestock demand in the United Sta…

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Q. My wife and I argue over what provides the most value and convenience for our money during the holiday season — shopping online or shopping with local businesses. Her questions always comes back to does it really matter where we spend our money if it all stimulates the economy? How can I …

A traditional Thanksgiving feast for 10 should be under $5 per person this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Prices fell from last year especially for turkey, which is dropping due to low feed costs and increased supplies. Other staples like sweet potatoes, milk, dinner…

Sunday, November 12, 2017

In February 2016, I published an article that was not kind to non-traded or private real estate investment trusts (REITS). Unlike the traded variety that can be sold immediately on a public exchange, non-traded REITS have no public market if you want to liquidate the shares, making them much…

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Q: We are struggling to make our house payment and are now past due. We also have credit card debt and medical bills. It feels like we are sinking. There are so many different companies advertising various kinds of help that I’m not sure where to go. Any suggestions?

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange made a surprise announcement last week that it would begin listing a contract on bitcoin futures, giving more credibility to the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, which is not controlled by any singular government, has seen increasing interest as an alternative to pape…

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oil prices gushed to a seven-month high on Friday as the market absorbed a tighter supply outlook. Saudi leaders have indicated that OPEC and other nations will continue curtailing petroleum production, which should keep a lid on global supplies and keep prices elevated.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Q. We are struggling financially. Our situation isn’t desperate but it is stressful. I heard an ad on the radio about a company that can make arrangements so we only have to pay 50 percent of our debts. This would be a very helpful if it is true. Is this a good option?

On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones had its biggest crash, losing 508 points (23 percent), finishing that dreadful day near 1,739 points. 30 years later, the market has gone up more than tenfold, reaching a new record high on Friday over 23,200.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

My research in psychology, along with 35 years of experience working with people and their finances, suggests that how we handle money is more instinctual than cognitive. It’s more a factor of our brains' hard-wiring than it is learned intelligence. Apparently, some people are just wired to …

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