The Debt Trap

When the economy thrives, consumers tend to spend more money. Unfortunately, many Americans have a habit of spending money they haven’t yet earned, so debt also tends to rise when things are going well. According to a new study by Northwestern Mutual, many Americans have…

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble?

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession of 2008. Despite a painfully slow recovery, U.S. economic growth has been sustainable. The stock and bond markets continue to perform well, unemployment is low and the economy is generally considered healthy and booming. And yet,…

What’s Real News?

“And that’s the way it is.” This is how Walter Cronkite signed off at the completion of his CBS Evening Newscast, which he anchored from 1962 until 1981. Widely recognized as a trusted source to deliver the news, Cronkite was known for his honesty and…

Real Estate Update

What a difference a decade makes. After the real estate debacle of the Great Recession, home prices are now near record highs in many markets with mortgage default and foreclosure rates at near record lows, according to the National Association of Realtors, or NAR.1 However,…

Insights Into Medigap

Many Americans who enroll in original Medicare also purchase a supplemental insurance policy, colloquially known as “Medigap.” Medigap covers some or all of the out-of-pocket costs associated with original Medicare — deductibles, copayments and coinsurance — helping to reduce financial risk. However, there is a…

Social Security Strategies for Retirement

Planning when and how to claim Social Security benefits is as personal as an individual investment strategy. Several factors should be considered, such as your life expectancy, how long you expect to work, income potentially produced by other assets, how many individuals your benefits must…

Proposals to Change Social Security and Medicare

The total cost of Social Security will exceed its income resources this year for the first time since 1982.1 For now, trustees expect current taxes, interest income on reserves and trust fund asset reserves to provide the funding necessary for both Social Security and Medicare….

Trade Wars: More Context

In particular, automobiles seem to be in the crosshairs of President Trump’s hard line on trade with the rest of the world. Here are a few reasons why:1 S. auto production represents about 2.7 percent of GDP. There are more jobs in motor-vehicle assembly than…

Annuity Strategies

In a 2017 Nationwide Retirement Institute survey, financial advisors revealed some of the primary concerns of today’s pre-retirees, including maintaining their current lifestyle during retirement. These people also are less concerned with growing their assets; instead, they are focusing on drawing them down in a…