• Mega Cash Returns

    There wasn’t a lot of fanfare when Apple Computer announced that it would commit $100 billion of the excess cash it had laying around to buying back its own shares.

  • Flattening Curve

    The best indicator of a future recession is not perfect, and doesn’t provide an exact time or date, but economists have found that an inverted yield curve can be a warning sign of a downturn to come.

  • Healthy Earnings – For Now

    Professional investors are constantly trying to figure out whether the U.S. economy is healthy or sliding toward a recession. 

  • The Slack in the Labor Market

    The U.S. unemployment rate has been dropping steadily ever since it reached 10% during the awful depth of the Great Recession; the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that today only 4.1% of Americans are out of work, the lowest rate in nearly two decades.

  • The Personal Trainer On Your Wrist

    A new kind of fitness app is giving us a glimpse of a future where your lifestyle can be monitored in real time for its impact on your health and longevity.

  • Avoid These 10 Tax Return Mistakes That Can Trigger an Audit

    Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, the U.S. national debt moved past $20 trillion last September 8. On March 15, it exceeded $21 trillion.

  • Cause for Alarm?

    Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, the U.S. national debt moved past $20 trillion last September 8. On March 15, it exceeded $21 trillion.

  • The Luck Factor

    Why are some people wealthier or more successful than others? The default explanation has always been that the wealthier among us are more diligent and/or smarter or more talented than the less-wealthy, so that the cream eventually rises to the top.

  • Currencies and Protectionism

    There is no question, if the Trump Administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs lead to carefully-targeted tit-for-tat retaliations against American products around the world, the resulting trade war scenario would be terrible for the global economy.

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