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Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life

Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life

If you bought a home in the 1990s, take a look at your mortgage rate from back then and be prepared to do a double-take. Your rate might have been 7% or more. The rate for a 30-year mortgage today stands near 4% after falling to record lows last year, and hasn’t been above 5% since early 2010. These bargain-level mortgage rates, along with cheap interest rates ...

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Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite
June 23, 2017

Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite

Last Friday, in a move that few on Wall Street saw coming, Amazon (AMZN) stunned the street by announcing the acquisition of upscale grocer ...

Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments
June 19, 2017

Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments

A few years ago, several large U.S. and European medical companies found themselves embroiled in controversy. An international furor had erupted after ...

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Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?
June 15, 2017

Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?

Every year has its ups and downs. But many would say the first half of 2017 has had more than its share, from global turmoil to political controversy. A lot has ...

Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t
June 14, 2017

Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t

Technology has delivered many amazing advancements for humankind, but, alas, a time machine isn’t one.

(Re)constitutional Conventions: Stock Indexes and Rebalancing
June 12, 2017

(Re)constitutional Conventions: Stock Indexes and Rebalancing

Change is a part of life that you either fear or embrace, but you can’t deny it. In the stock market, micro change happens daily to individual stocks with every new tick. ...

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Differing Views: When Partners Disagree on Retirement Investing
June 8, 2017

Differing Views: When Partners Disagree on Retirement Investing

It’s said that couples sometimes start to resemble each other as their relationship progresses. But when it comes to investing, that may not always be the case. We’re ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2017: Tech Buying Continues
June 5, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2017: Tech Buying Continues

The old market adage “sell in May and go away” didn’t seem to be holding true with TD Ameritrade clients last month as retail traders increased their equity exposure...

Tucking It Away: How Much Cash Should Investors Allocate?
June 5, 2017

Tucking It Away: How Much Cash Should Investors Allocate?

Warren Buffett is sitting on a ton of it. Apple has more of it than the U.S. and Canada combined. We’re talking, of course, about cash. And even though some ...

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Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go up in Smoke
May 26, 2017

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...

Housing Angles and Moving Parts: Location Matters; Zoom In
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 ...

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

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Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds
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...

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

10 Industries That Could Be Impacted by Driverless Cars
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...

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Blockchain: Is the Financial Sector Ripe for Technology Disruption?
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” ...

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