Archive - April 14, 2011

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What It Means For Our Economy If Interest Rates Raise
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The Best Way to Start the Estate Planning Process

What It Means For Our Economy If Interest Rates Raise

I continue to believe that the main driving forces of the economy are disinflationary. These are excessive unemployment which has continued for a very long time, continuing contraction in bank lending, 50% reduction in velocity of money, no end in sight to the huge overhang of foreclosed housing and shadow inventory of housing. Further the Euro is overvalued and continues to have growing problems with default risk in its PIIGS members.

Rising commodities prices used to be symptom of rising economic activity but in the past decade commodities markets have been dominated by speculators who may have panicked about inflation …

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The Best Way to Start the Estate Planning Process

One thing is certain with estate planning: we MUST talk about it. A good conversation about your estate wishes could help bridge the present and future.

Recently, I came across an article in the Journal for Financial Planning that could help you start the estate planning process. The article was about a financial advisor that asked the question: If I die, what happens to the business? This question spawned several scenarios which exposed flaws in their business transition plan. The same idea can be applied to your personal estate plan.

Ask the question, if I die, what will happen?

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