Tag Archives: money matters

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August 16, 2017

Monthly market insights, a reflection on July’s economy

By Kevin Theissen U.S. markets

The markets closed sharply higher for the month of July, fueled by strong corporate earnings, solid economic data and dovish comments by the Federal Reserve.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.54 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index…

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August 2, 2017

Charts that matter

By Kevin Theissen

In early July, Financial Times (FT) published a story titled “Five markets charts that matter for investors.” Among the issues addressed in the charts were the bond market bear watch. The yield on 10-year German Bunds (Germany’s government bonds) reached an 18-month…

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July 27, 2017

Women and the retirement savings gap

By Kevin Theissen

America Saves, a national campaign that promotes savings, notes significant differences in savings between men and women. A survey showed that women displayed a greater interest in savings, but there was no greater savings effort or savings effectiveness compared to men. But just two years…

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July 20, 2017

The happiest countries in the world

By Kevin Theissen

If you live in Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, or Finland, then you’re among the happiest people in the world. On the other hand, if you reside in Sierra Leone, Bulgaria, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, or Tunisia, you’re among the least happy, according to the…

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July 13, 2017

Monthly market insights for June 2017

By Kevin Theissen

U.S. Markets

The markets closed mixed for the month as investors grappled with oil prices, a volatile technology sector and news from central bankers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.62 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.48 percent….

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June 29, 2017

Is the U.S. government well run?

By Kevin Theissen

Stop rolling your eyes. The Economist reported Steve Ballmer, former head of a large tech company, has been working on a new project—completing Form 10-K for the United States of America. The project is called “USA Facts: Our nation, in numbers.”

If…

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June 21, 2017

The future is almost here

By Kevin Theissen

“Try putting your iPhones down every once in a while, and look at people’s faces,” said Amy Poehler, a comedian.

Mobile technology: the next generation

Faster and more efficient mobile phones are on the horizon. That’s right, 5G is almost here, according…

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June 14, 2017

Monthly market insights for May 2017

By Kevin Theissen

U.S. markets

Shaking off political turbulence in Washington, stocks climbed higher in May amid the strongest corporate earnings growth in years.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 0.33 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 1.16 percent and the NASDAQ…

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June 7, 2017

Money-draining food myths

By Kevin Theissen

The road to better health may sometimes involve an extra expense here and there, but you should be careful about wasting money on diet ideas wit  promises that are based more on myth than fact. If you’re considering a diet, you should consult…

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May 31, 2017

It’s time to talk about aging

By Kevin Theissen

We are all, inexorably, marching toward old age. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older. The good news is longevity has been improving, and people are remaining healthy and vibrant at older ages.

The bad news is cultural…