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Malthus visits Wall Street

Mar 7, 2012
I don't think investors should fear the march of time. The specter of a baby boomer-driven stock and bond market implosion seems implausible to me largely because of the move toward market economies around the world. By the time retiring boomers are selling in earnest, markets will be even more global than they are now. There are a lot of foreigners to buy U.S. assets.
Posted In: baby boomers, Investing, Savings, stocks, bonds, retirement savings

Household investment is up

Mar 7, 2012
Consumer borrowing is on the rise. Here's the thing: Credit card borrowing is down. Student loans and auto loans -- investment debt -- is up.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, consumer credit, student loans, auto loans, Credit Cards

Keep on saving

Mar 5, 2012
The personal savings rate seems to have moved up to the 4 percent to 5 percent range, despite savers making 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent on their money. We're back to the range that held for much of the 1990s. Considering how harsh the last couple of years have been on so many people -- from young adults seeking their first full-time job to retirees watching their pension values slide -- it's doubtful that the savings habit will erode. Memories aren't that short.
Posted In: Savings, borrowing, personal savings rate

A personal finance lesson from Apple

Mar 2, 2012
There is an important personal finance lesson in Apple's enormous cash hoard: Savings is an anchor that allows for experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in both companies and at home.
Posted In: thift, Savings, borrowing, apple

Spend less, save more

Mar 2, 2012
Tips for saving money without feeling (too much) pain.
Posted In: Savings

No degree, but debt

Feb 27, 2012
College dropouts don’t get the job, earnings and career benefits of postsecondary education, but they do get a student loan repayment book.
Posted In: student loans, debt, borrow, poverty, income

Investing insight from the Wizard of Omaha

Feb 25, 2012
Investors eagerly wait to read the annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders by its CEO and stockpicker-in-chief, Warren Buffett. As always, it’s an illuminating, insightful read into business, the economy and investing.
Posted In: Investing, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Housing, gold

More bad news on retirement

Feb 23, 2012
A substantial fraction of people die with virtually no financial assets -- 46.1 percent with less than $10,000.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, aging, Social Security

51%: An ominous number

Feb 22, 2012
More Americans are at risk of a lower standard of living in retirement.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, sfaety net

Sunshine is the best disinfectant

Feb 16, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing that it examine the business of large debt collectors and to closely watch the major credit reporting bureaus. The focus would be on the larger firms. It's a good move.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, debt collection, credit reporting

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The latest analysis and commentary about the merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines.