Archive - December 31, 2014

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Possible End of Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market?
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As Inflation Fears Fade, Deflation Moves Front and Center
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Coordinating Social Security Benefits in Matters of Divorce and Remarriage

Possible End of Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market?

 

In yesterday’s post I mentioned an intriguing article by Doug Kass where he expected things to get worse in the EU in 2015 and that the crisis would result in a loss of confidence in the EU’s Central Bank led by Draghi which would result in rising global interest rates. This goes against my theory that a crisis creates a crowding-in phenomena where those who seek safe assets have no choice but to overcrowd into the lifeboats of sovereign debt issued by “print & pay” G7 countries that issue debt in their own currencies and the overcrowding ironically makes …

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As Inflation Fears Fade, Deflation Moves Front and Center

As the Federal Reserve winds down its massive bond-buying program, the widely predicted after effects — rising interest rates and inflation — have thus far failed to materialize. The yield on the bond market’s bellwether 10-year Treasury note, which started 2014 at 3.03%, had fallen to 2.33% as of October 29.1 Similarly, inflation, as measured by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics key benchmark, the Consumer Price Index, has risen just 1.7% in the past year and has averaged 1.6% since the Fed first initiated its bond-buying program four years ago.2

Currently, concerns over inflation have been replaced …

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Coordinating Social Security Benefits in Matters of Divorce and Remarriage

divorce throws a curve

Photo courtesy of Bec Brown via Unsplash.com.

Social Security has a way of making decisions very difficult. In the simplest of circumstances, the choices can be tough. But what if you’re in a tough spot, such as if you’re divorced and now involved with someone else, considering remarriage? Social Security benefits in matters of divorce can become very complicated.

The Decisions

Social Security benefits can be taken as early as age 62. You can also delay taking benefits to any age after you’ve reached age 62. Delaying to your full retirement age will result in a larger benefit, but …

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