As the calendar year winds down, it’s a good time to check for steps you can take to improve your 2021 financial outcome. Year-end is a time to look at what your tax liability is likely to be for 2021. “Take a look at your tax situation, what your tax...
  Over the last several weeks, headlines about inflation and the U.S. supply chain have been unavoidable. While news about the costs of everyday items and the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis has snarled the supply chain are certainly newsworthy, there are two other economic indicators that are...
CNN Fires Chris Cuomo The cable news network announced the firing after an investigation into the anchor’s efforts to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respond to accusations of sexual misconduct. Dec. 4, 2021 at 9:32 p.m. ET by Benjamin Mullin This article was...
This isn’t my favorite topic. But it’s a necessary one these days, when a seemingly endless number of companies and individuals are intent on separating us from our money. Some of them will use any means, fair or foul. I’m going to share a story about a longtime friend...
Paging Chico Marx. “Who are you gonna believe—me or your own eyes?,” the comedian famously asked in “Duck Soup.” And we investors are facing a similar challenge from the experts and regulators who are here to look after us. Today’s topic is the famously crazy “3X” retirement portfolio that...
FRANKFURT, Germany (Project Syndicate)—Many countries are reporting their highest rates of inflation in decades: 6.2% in the United States, 4.2% in the United Kingdom, 5.2% in Germany, and above 4% in the eurozone. Some insist that it is a temporary phenomenon; others fear that we must brace ourselves for an extended period of significant price increases driven...
There’s been a rebound in home-buying demand in recent weeks, as evidenced by mortgage application data. But first-time buyers aren’t behind the surge. The latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, for the week ending Nov. 26, showed that overall mortgage applications dropped 7.2% on a weekly basis. But...
Hello, there. We’re baack! And so is market volatility. Where can you take cover in exchange-traded funds amid all this carnage? How has the year been so far for ETFs? We’ll discuss all those things and more in our first issue back since Thanksgiving and the start of the...
This article is reprinted by permission from The Escape Home, a newsletter for second homeowners and those who want to be. Subscribe here. © 2021. All rights reserved.  Realtors are describing the second-home market as “stuck.” To better understand what that means, I asked a few folks in the...
I’m met with the faint scent of sea air. The condo is just how I left it almost three months earlier. Not a thing out of place… Instinctively, I make my way to the terrace, to the million-dollar views. It’s what drew me to the property when I saw...