Author - Bert Whitehead

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How Bad Could it Get For Our Economy?
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Should You Be Investing in China?
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Why The Debt Ceiling Fiasco Is Being Blown Out of Proportion
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How Do You Protect Yourself From Inflation?
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Making Steps to Survive The Recent World Upheavals

How Bad Could it Get For Our Economy?

Headlines scream doomsday to us: “The Dow is down 14%!” “Who can fix Europe?” “Even gold is crashing!” “Could the Dollar become worthless?”

I have been hearing concern from clients lately, especially since it looks like we are headed for a ‘double dip’ recession. Other than Treasury bonds, all other investment options --- from stocks to junk bonds to real estate --- look awful, except to those few among us who can stand the risk of buying into a downward spiraling market. And with the 30-year Treasury yielding less than 3%, forget about finding a safe haven. So what is… Read More

Should You Be Investing in China?

With virtually all investment options so sour these days, clients are increasingly interested in the opportunities offered by investing in China. The stock market is totally unpredictable and, for many people, downright scary. Interest earned on savings accounts at banks is next to nothing, and now banks actually charge fees to large cash depositors (like corporations) for just accepting deposits. U.S. Bond returns are the lowest in history, making junk bonds tempting even though they yield less than Treasuries did 10 years ago.

Growth in China

So China’s economy seems like the bright spot in an otherwise bleak investment landscape. …

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Why The Debt Ceiling Fiasco Is Being Blown Out of Proportion

Politicians are commanding center stage as they debate the best way to keep the country from defaulting on our debt, and how to change the government’s finances to control the deficit. The play-by-play progress (or lack thereof) is amplified by the media. This leaves financial commentators foisting their favorite last chance investment strategies for people to avoid the worst case dreaded outcome.

The investing public is understandably alarmed and confused by these developments. We get questions from clients who have started thinking they should sell all their investments and put everything in cash. Others seriously ask if they should switch …

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How Do You Protect Yourself From Inflation?

The federal government has been grappling with ballooning debt as the cost of government programs and entitlements outstrip tax revenue. Politics will ultimately determine whether to cut spending, increase taxes (or both) to solve the problem. This blog is not political commentary, but rather a response to the media’s concern about how these deficits, and the corresponding debt increases, will impact the financial markets.

Will U.S. Treasury Bonds become worthless?

Historically, the danger of not backing paper money with gold or silver is that governments will spend more than they can afford to repay over the long term. To cover… Read More

Making Steps to Survive The Recent World Upheavals

We are witnessing two astonishing world events that erupted in the past three months, both of which were unpredictable. Since the revolutions in the Mideast and the nuclear crisis in Japan both involve significant energy resources worldwide, the impact may be staggering. It is interesting how quickly we normalize the impact of such calamities, perhaps because we don’t think we are directly affected. After all, these things aren’t happening here: they are half a world away.

Of course it is entirely possible, maybe even probable, that everything will work out fine. The Middle Eastern tribal structure will give way to… Read More

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