On a recent trip to my parents’ house, I sifted through crates of childhood junk that my mother had cleared from the attic. One item in particular caught my eye—an “official program” from a New York Mets game in 1980.… Read more
Yearly Archives: 2012
We’ve all come across the magazine and web quizzes. Answer five questions and you can find out what kind of exerciser, dieter, or driver you are.
I thought I’d have a little fun and apply this exercise to investors. I’ll … Read more
The nation’s near-term focus is on the “fiscal cliff,” the slate of expiring tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will be triggered at the end of 2012 if leaders in Washington fail to reach a budget agreement. The debate … Read more
I participated in a live webcast recently on the topic of earning income in a low-yield environment. Here’s a recap of a few of the themes from that session.
One of the persistent questions from the seminar was how long … Read more
Any long-term investor knows that inflation is the enemy. A spike in inflation can drastically reduce your real investment returns, particularly for fixed income securities. At present, yields on many Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are negative, a clear reflection of … Read more
If I were asked what an investor should do to maximize retirement wealth, I’d tick off my standard list, my rules of thumb. Start saving early—and regularly. Keep debt under control. Maximize the use of tax-deferred retirement accounts, like 401(k)s. … Read more