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The Fed’s Morphine Drip

Submitted by Kevin Flynn on Monday, April 20, 2015 - 9:00am

The stock market is far ahead of the real economy. But the Federal Reserve’s prolonged exercise of keeping interest rates unreasonably low keeps feeding this bubble. In effect, the Fed is keeping the financial markets on a morphine drip.

Planning for Fiscal Fitness

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Waking up early in the dark morning and heading to the gym comes hard. Once your workout ends, though, you often begin the day with the payoff of a tremendous energy boost. Can the same process apply to your finances?

Biz Transition: Plan Early

Submitted by Stephen Giulietti on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

As the baby boomers continue marching to retirement, a significant number of entrepreneurs will soon begin transitioning family businesses to the next generation. If you are about to embark on this journey – in which two-thirds of all transitions fail – here are some potential pitfalls to avoid.

Our Bogus Jobless Rate

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9:00am

Anemic job gains in March aren’t the workforce’s biggest problem. The official unemployment rate is a sham. To get a more accurate picture of our nation’s torpid job situation, look at a more telling statistic: the still-lofty unemployment level using a broader measure of the labor force than the standard one.

Volatility: 6 Key Reminders

Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Market volatility is back. Just as you started to hope that stock values only ever move in one direction (up), the pendulum swung the other way. Your probable response: anxiety. Acting on that emotion, though, can do you and your portfolio more harm than good.

A Push-Me, Pull-You Market

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:00am

Expect choppy markets ahead. That’s what we’ve seen lately, and there’s more reason than ever to expect this to continue. Bullish and bearish factors are at war, producing frustrating up-and-down stock market movements.

Coping When Illness Strikes

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

Two jobs, a new home, education underway for a new career: Then, at just age 59, comes the stroke that leaves a husband with no bad medical history suddenly wheelchair bound and his younger wife tossing in the financial and emotional storm.

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