Personal Finance

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Personal Finance: Recent market decline points to a new culprit ... What may be different this time is the growing role of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) in amplifying daily price swings during periods of stress. ... Christopher A. Hopkins, CFA, is a vice president and portfolio manager for Barnett...
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018
Readers of a certain vintage may recall cooling their heels in long lines at the filling station, queued up to receive the meager produce of American refineries during the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and the energy crisis of 1979. U.S. oil production was declining rapidly just as major foreign...
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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Good times. Since those difficult days, the steady decline in interest rates has been relentless. The reasons are many, but the staggering reduction in the cost of capital conspired with the coming of age of the baby boomers to fuel the greatest economic expansion in history. Then came the...
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
It's mid-January. Do you know where your government is? Barring another last-minute stopgap measure from Congress, part of it will go AWOL as of midnight Friday. Sadly, this eleventh-hour budget brinksmanship has become the rule rather than the exception. So if it comes to a shutdown, how will the...
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tax cuts are now the law of the land, ushering in the "How will it affect me?" phase. One of the most vocal interest groups is the housing sector, insisting the bill's provisions will adversely affect the sale and construction of homes in the United States. The National Association of Realtors...
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Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, it's a good time to conduct a little routine maintenance on the old financial engine. Looking after these simple but important details can help provide a smoother ride and improve the odds of arriving at your ultimate destination. » Rebalance your portfolio. Over time,...
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