• Russia’s Putin Is Erecting Economic Barriers with the West

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin brazenly used his Dec. 4 speech to his nation’s parliament and government ministers to blame the West for the fallout from his choices to intervene militarily against neighboring Ukraine, to precipitate a humanitarian crisis in Crimea and to clash with his nation’s trade partners.

  • Vanguard Offers Value with this Fund

    VTV pursues a large-cap value investing approach that tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization value stocks.

  • China Puts the Smackdown on the United States

    According to the International Monetary Fund, when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, this year China will produce $17.6 trillion vs. the United States, which will produce $17.4 trillion.

  • New Government Statistic Predicts Boom Ahead

    Gross Output, a broader measure of U.S. economic activity published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, advanced to nearly $30.9 trillion in the second quarter of 2014, a 4.8% jump in real terms (annualized).

  • Online Shopping Trifecta Options Reap Big Rewards This Holiday Season

    Last week, we closed the books on November, and it was clearly a winning month for stocks, with all three of the major indices putting in mid-single-digit gains — quite the reversal from the September-to-mid-October sell-off!

  • Why You Should Dump Your S&P 500 Index Fund

    As well as S&P 500 index funds have done in in the past 40 years, one group of funds has done even better.

  • Neither Easy Money Nor Tight Money

    “Ni Democracia ni Dictadura” — Graffiti on wall in Rosario, Argentina I recently spent a week in Rosario, Argentina, attending and speaking at an Austrian economics conference (www.austrianeconomicsconference.org). About 100 scholars, students and professors gathered at the conference, organized by | Read More »

  • Will President Obama’s Immigration Policy Hurt America’s Unemployed?

    President Barack Obama tried to put a positive spin on his decision to issue an executive order to give several million illegal aliens clemency but his move also may have an unintended consequence of creating heightened job competition for America’s unemployed.

  • Large-Cap Vanguard Fund Seeks Growth

    The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) focuses on a growth investment strategy for investors who are willing to accept additional risk.

  • Why I’m Thankful for ETFs

    Why am I so thankful for ETFs? Here’s a short list of my favorite reasons why we all should be thankful for these fantastic investment vehicles.

  • Why This Wounded Bear Could Become a Bucking Bull

    Russia is a mess. Plunging oil prices, a ruptured ruble, years of a corrosive “kleptocracy,” Western economic sanctions and an unprecedented flight of capital have teamed up to wrestle the Russian bear to its back in 2014. No wonder President | Read More »

  • Winter Weather Mixed with Options Offers Investment Opportunity

    During the last few days, we’ve experienced arctic chills with roughly half the country covered in snow. There are a number of ways to play these freezing temperatures.

  • Vanguard Fund Features Dividend Dynamos

    VIG, a low-expense-ratio Vanguard ETF, tracks the performance of an index that measures the investment return of common stocks that increase their dividends over time.

  • China ETFs: The Biggest Dragons in the Lair

    A prospective client asked me which parts of the world I thought were the best in terms of where to start adding international equity exposure. My first response… China.

  • Why Are Conservatives So Ignorant about Gold and Silver?

    The U.S. Mint announced that it had temporarily run out of 2014 American eagle silver dollars. At $16 an ounce, investors were buying them at record numbers (40 million were sold last year).

  • Focus on What Matters — Products, Strategy and Management — and Forget the Hype

    Google made headlines with news that it’s spending more than $1 billion to lease an old NASA hangar on a historic Navy air base for a 60-year period.

  • Why the Nasdaq is Back

    Back in the 1990s, the technology-dominated Nasdaq was best known for minting millionaires. Today, the Nasdaq is the red-headed stepchild of the U.S. stock market. After all, the S&P 500 has hit almost 40 new record highs in 2014. The | Read More »

  • Government Thinks You’re Stupid

    MIT Economics Professor Jonathan Gruber has been called the “architect” of ObamaCare for his role in helping create the program.

  • The Cheapest Way to Own the S&P 500

    The diversity of investment offerings from Vanguard, a low-expense-ratio exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider, is showcased in this week’s ETF Talk that features Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO), an S&P 500-based ETF.

  • Chinese Stocks Will Never Be the Same Again

    One trend I’ve noticed during the past several months is the lack of international stock exposure in most investors’ portfolios.