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Rate hikes spook the market, but equity investors focus on the wrong rate

Rate hikes spook the market, but equity investors focus on the wrong rate

The stock market was spooked by rising interest rates. Let’s think carefully, from a value investing perspective, about these fears. Warren Buffett has argued that investors should think of stocks as “bonds in disguise,” in that stocks pay dividends, analogous to coupons paid by bonds, and can be valued the same way. Bonds are regularly …

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Here's a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

Here’s a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

When I was in my late teens, my mother gave me two worn blue passport-sized notebooks containing the details of my investment accounts on deposit. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the accounts were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my assets wouldn’t …

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Here's a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

Here’s a simple way to help teach your kids complex financial lessons

When I was in my late teens, my mother gave me two worn blue passport-sized notebooks containing the details of my investment accounts on deposit. I had no idea what to do with it, but it didn’t matter, because the accounts were empty anyway. Maybe for the best, because I’m pretty sure my assets wouldn’t …

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Fannie Mae is launching a pilot program to include on-time rent payments in credit reports.  Here's why it could be a game-changer for tenants.

Fannie Mae is launching a pilot program to include on-time rent payments in credit reports. Here’s why it could be a game-changer for tenants.

When tenants pay their rent on time, it does little to improve their credit rating, while landlords reap the benefits of better credit by making their mortgage payments. This unbalanced situation is beginning to evolve in favor of tenants. Fannie Mae FNMA, +0.47%, the government-backed mortgage giant, announced on Tuesday that it was launching a …

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Can't get a personal loan?  4 alternatives to try

Can’t get a personal loan? 4 alternatives to try

At ANNIE MILLERBERND or NerdWallet Personal loans provide quick, unsecured funds that can pay for everything from home repairs to medical emergencies. Instead of requiring collateral like a house or car, many lenders prefer applicants with strong credit and high incomes. But what if you don’t meet a lender’s requirements? People who don’t qualify for …

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The Federal Reserve misses a crucial turning point in its fight against inflation because it believes in bad data

The Federal Reserve misses a crucial turning point in its fight against inflation because it believes in bad data

The Federal Reserve cannot see the probable economic crash that is coming because it is always looking in the rear view mirror, where it sees nothing but high inflation. The danger arises because the consumer price index and the personal consumption expenditure price index – the two most important indicators of inflation – have a …

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Stocks crash and rates rise.  It's painful, but we're heading back to normal.

Stocks crash and rates rise. It’s painful, but we’re heading back to normal.

Stocks and bonds fall. Housing has weakened. And I haven’t heard a word about non-fungible cartoon monkey tokens in maybe three months. Strategists are now turning their attention to some truly bizarre assets – two I spoke with last week recommended buying long-dated Treasuries. One also said he favors stocks of companies that generate money, …

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Many people have credit problems.  How advisors can help you.

Many people have credit problems. How advisors can help you.

Elevate research shows that 15% of people with less than optimal credit scores earn an individual income of more than $100,000 per year. Additionally, new data from CreditCards.com shows that while credit card debt is most prevalent among the lowest income earners, 37% of those with a month-to-month balance earn at least $100,000 a year. …

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