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Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go up in Smoke

I don’t think I’ve ever written an article that had so many opportunities for pun placement, but I held back because risky investments are no laughing matter (as a huge fan of puns, I couldn’t resist some of the temptation). This industry has been called the wild west of investing, littered with overvalued...

May 24, 2017

Housing Angles and Moving Parts: Location Matters; Zoom In

Location, location, location. Those are the three most important things in real estate, as the saying goes. This applies to home buyers and sellers geographically ...

May 22, 2017

Has the Market Thrown You a Curveball? Tips to Get Back on Track

When a reporter asked baseball great Yogi Berra if his struggles at the plate signaled a slump, Berra replied, “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.” Some ...

May 17, 2017

Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds

Like it or not, there are risks that can have substantial effects on your investments and inflation is one that can sometimes be overlooked. That’s why it’s important...

May 17, 2017

Did April’s Uptick in Retail Sales Provide Grist for Fed Hike?

April’s retail sales data might have underscored the Fed's suggestion that weak Q1 growth was an anomaly and that consumer spending appears to be reenergized.

May 16, 2017

10 Industries That Could Be Impacted by Driverless Cars

For most daily drivers, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospects of driverless cars. How could you not be? No more sitting in traffic, having to share the road with...

May 16, 2017

Blockchain: Is the Financial Sector Ripe for Technology Disruption?

First came rental cars, and then Uber rode into town. Biologic medicines seemed revolutionary, but now face a challenge from cheaper “biosimilars.” The “big three” ...

May 15, 2017

Start Setting Financial Goals and Make a Plan to Get There

When it comes to taboo topics, money ranks up there with the best of them. This can make it difficult to comfortably have an open and productive conversation...

May 15, 2017

Here Comes the Guide: How to Have the Marriage and Money Talk

These days, engagements come with many different timelines and expectations, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for couples to plan their financial...

May 11, 2017

Caution Ahead? Five Warning Signs a Stock Might Not Be a Good Buy

When a highway ramp leads into oncoming traffic, warning signs keep drivers from going the wrong way. That usually gets the job done. But when a particular ...

May 10, 2017

Slow News Day? Don’t Overthink, Investors

Any sports fan who's listened to post-game media interviews with coaches or players over the years is likely familiar with a certain phrase: “It is what it is.”

May 8, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2017

The Investor Movement Index®, or IMXSM, retreated to 6.06 for April, down from March’s all-time high of 6.22. Despite reducing their overall exposure to equities...

May 8, 2017

Caring for Your Finances When You’re Suddenly Single

The transition period after a death or divorce is a time when weighty financial decisions about the rest of your life, and possibly your children’s lives, will have to be ...

May 1, 2017

Here’s What It Costs to Raise a Child and How You Might Cover It

Do you happen to have an extra $14,000-plus that you can squeeze into your annual budget to cover the expenses involved in raising a child? If not, you may ...

April 26, 2017

Earnings: Is Plastic Fantastic, and Who’s Solving the Retail Riddle?

Keeping the lights on in the American economy requires an array of power sources – “plastic” being one. Based on the initial few weeks of the latest U.S. earnings ...

April 24, 2017

Who’s Footing the College Bill? Millennial Parents and Grandparents

Still smarting from the pain of their own college education costs, a majority of millennial parents say saving for their own children’s college educations is their No. 1 ...

April 20, 2017

Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection

When you hear the phrase “asset protection,” do you think about defensive stocks, fixed income allocation, or maybe even put options? And when you say you want ...

April 20, 2017

Strong-Dollar Policy and Rate Hikes—a New Conundrum?

For the chieftains of some behemoth U.S. multinational corporations, President Trump’s declaration to the Wall Street Journal last week that “our dollar is getting too ...