My Social Security Income Went Down This Year – What Happened???

By Michael Reese | April 6, 2015

Social security income is a mainstay for retirees. You get your check directly deposited into your account each month, and every year, you get a small increase for inflation. It’s basically on autopilot. But what if you start a new year and you see your social security payment go down? How in the world does…

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Is The Long-Awaited Market "Correction" Imminent?

By Michael Reese | March 23, 2015

Over the past 10 years, we have only seen one negative year in US markets. That year, of course, was 2008. Given that history teaches us that we should expect a down year about 30% of the time, we all know that a market drop (or “correction” as the Wall Street folk like to say)…

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President Obama's Ideas About IRA's / Retirement Plans

By Michael Reese | March 9, 2015

In this year’s budget, the President has a total of 14 different thoughts about what should be done with your IRA’s / Retirement Plans. Now remember, these are just proposals about what he wants. The majority of these proposals have zero chance of ever being put into law. But some do, and you should be…

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A Beautiful Chart On Market History

By Michael Reese | February 23, 2015

I recently came across this chart that I want to share with you. It’s an interesting picture of how often the US stock market hits a certain return range. The picture tells the whole story… Click on Image to Enlarge Source: Sterne Agee, Roger G. Ibbotson, Value Square Asset Management and Yale University What I…

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Indexing vs. Hedge Funds – And The Winner Is…?

By Michael Reese | February 9, 2015

You may have seen this in the media when it came out seven years ago. Back in 2008, Warren Buffett made a bet for charity. He put up $1 million of his own money and he deposited that amount into a Vanguard S&P 500 index fund. He then challenged Protege Partners to put up their…

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The Switzerland Effect

By Michael Reese | January 19, 2015

By now, you have probably heard the news that Switzerland did something with its currency and the next thing you know, our stock market is crashing. I’m sure you are wondering what the heck happened? First, let’s start off with what Switzerland did. They had been buying Euros each week with their currency, the Swiss…

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Stock Market Risk Level Higher Than Dot-Com Era – What Does That Mean To Do?

By Michael Reese | January 12, 2015

I just came across this article from Mark Hulbert on Marketwatch – “Stock Market Risk Is Higher Today Than In The Dot-Com Era”. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-risk-is-higher-today-than-it-was-in-the-dot-com-era-2015-01-09?dist=beforebell If you don’t know who Mark Hulbert is, he has been tracking the advice of over 160 money managers since 1980. And he likes to keep a number of graphs and…

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Is Government The Problem In Michigan?

By admin | October 22, 2014

I just came across this article in MarketWatch, and for some reason it really bothers me. The article is reporting how Rick Snyder (Michigan’s Governor) just signed into law a bill that basically doesn’t allow Tesla to sell their cars … Continue reading

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Are Boys Better Than Girls Handling Money?

By admin | October 6, 2014

We all know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, or perhaps the other way around. Let’s face it, men and women are different creatures. As a group, we generally have our strengths and weaknesses.
Now MarketWatch has … Continue reading

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Is This The Beginning Of The Much Anticipated Bear Market?

By admin | August 6, 2014

With the market pullback over the last week, the big question is simply this: are we looking at the beginning of a bear market, or is this nothing more than a minor blip as markets continue their path up?
This is … Continue reading

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