Back to School
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was on to something when in recent Congressional testimony he said the "economic outlook remains unusually uncertain." The lack of...
Nine Ways to Save Social Security
August marks the 75th birthday for the New Deal stalwart, but is it a happy one?
In praise of 'no'
France is into its fifth republic. The Netherlands just dissolved its government over Afghan War tensions. Let's keep this in mind whenever we hear how...
The retirement glass is half empty
By Barry James All of the ideas in this issue to generate income for your clients during retirement require that they still have capital to invest....
The president's fun with numbers
When all else fails - drink. Seems to be the overriding lesson from the president's upcoming beer summit. A frosty lager makes everything all right....
Watch Your Step-Up
Over the past few months, we've pondered the fate of the tax package authorized by President Bush and a bi-partisan Congress in 2001. The big...
Destructive Financial Planning
Writing recently in the Financial Times, Stanford University economist John Taylor points out that America's exploding debt is currently set to double to 82 percent...
Clark at Large: Timing Is Everything
I don't usually write about mutual funds. My now ex-wife was/is a partner at Thornburg Funds, and it didn't seem fair to expect people to...
Beware the "neo-bams"
Opportunity in crisis; a noble sentiment meant to restore confidence and a belief in American exceptionalism? Not so much. I highly recommend "The Future of...
Beware of potential changes in the capital gains tax
Do you have clients who are thinking of selling their businesses? If you have planned it correctly, most of the transaction proceeds should be long...