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A Better Place

A recent global survey of more than 18,000 adults in nine countries asked a simple question: “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”

The Trade War that Isn’t—Yet

When most of us hear talk about something described as a “war,” we intuitively recognize that there could be very unpleasant outcomes on all sides.  Wars have one thing in common: there is seldom a clear-cut “winner” amid the damage and destruction. 

Tech Advances to Watch

What are the most important technological advances from the past year?  Every year, MIT Technology Review provides its answers to the question, with an eye toward the innovations that will have the greatest impact on consumers.

The Future of Retail

Chances are you know there is a sea change going on in the retail industry.  But you may not realize how far and how fast the online tide is rising.  Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis invites you to recall the powerful retail networks created by Sears, J.C.

Cause for Alarm?

Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, the U.S. national debt moved past $20 trillion last September 8.  On March 15, it exceeded $21 trillion.  The next time the debt ceiling will come up for a vote is March 1, 2019, at which point the total could be another $2-3 trillion higher.  Should you be alarmed?

The Luck Factor

Why are some people wealthier or more successful than others?  The default explanation has always been that the wealthier among us are more diligent and/or smarter or more talented than the less-wealthy, so that the cream eventually rises to the top. 

Uneven Inflation

You’re routinely told that inflation is your worst long-term enemy to your financial health.  Inflation gradually, slowly reduces the value of your retirement dollars, which is why, if your money sits in your mattress, it will buy less when you take it out than it did when you put it in.

Medicare’s Future

Several items that everybody seems to be overlooking in the recent budget deal signed by President Trump are potentially-significant changes to how Medicare is administered.  First on the list is the elimination of Medicare’s independent payment advisory board, authorized under the Affordable Care Act to serve as a check on higher Medicare expenses, labeled by some as a “death

Perspective on Today’s Market Events

It looks like the U.S. stock market will finally get something that happens, on average, about once a year: a 10+% percent drop—the definition of a market correction.  The last time this happened was a whopper—the Great Recession drop that caused U.S.

Perspective on Today’s Market Events

It looks like the U.S. stock market will finally get something that happens, on average, about once a year: a 10+% percent drop—the definition of a market correction.  The last time this happened was a whopper—the Great Recession drop that caused U.S.

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