Love Remains

At that time many will falter, and betray and despise each other, and false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of many will grow cold, but those who stand firm to the end will be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matt 24:10-14 “If I speak in the tongues of men […]

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Does Low Volatility Put Your Portfolio At Risk?

by Alexander Green, Investment U Chief Investment Strategist (Original Link) The stock market gyrated so wildly in 2011 that many investors finally threw in the towel. How else can we read the massive equity fund redemptions that occurred in the second half of last year? But, apparently, the market has taken its anti-anxiety medication. After last year’s gut-wrenching swings, U.S. stocks have been surprisingly tranquil. For 13 straight days, the Dow has moved up or down less than 100 points. This is good news […]

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VTR and REITs: Awaiting Resolution of “Great Convergence”

As discussed in the previous post, the market is at a crucial juncture, something I have labelled “The Great Convergence”.  The confluence of risk and opportunity is seldom as obvious as it is today.  Many of the risks still hang over our heads (need I mention Europe sovereign debt, U.S. election season, renewed U.S. budget debates, housing market still on its back, another round of debate about healthcare, etc.) yet each, through the prospect of their ultimate resolution, presents impetus […]

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Automating Savings on an Irregular Income

One of the tenets of personal finance is to pay yourself first. And one of the most sure-fire ways to make sure you do that is to automate your savings: setup your checking account to make an automatic deposit to your saving accounts. Automation has been incredibly effective for me. I have targeted sub-accounts for property taxes, auto repairs, house savings, and more — a tactic I learned about here. The first year my husband and I had to pay […]

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Warren Buffett Stocks on the Top Dividend Increasers List

Warren Buffet, head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B), is considered the world’s best stock investor and one of the three richest people in the world. Numerous books have been written about Buffett and many investors have tried to determine what his technique is for achieving investing success. Does he look for value, for growth, for dividends, for leading industries? A review of the list of stocks that Buffett owns, available at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, shows that 84% of the holdings are dividend […]

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The Most Lipstick on the Biggest Pigs Ever!

We’ve seen the political and financial elites paint lipstick on a pig before. But never anything like this! Consider the pig in Washington: Uncle Sam continues to run the worst deficits — and borrow the most money — since America’s war for independence. And yet Congress has virtually given up on any semblance of a long-term solution. In any other world or time, Uncle Sam would be paying through the nose to borrow money, driving interest up all over the […]

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Outrageous! The Government Is Giving Out Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients

Did you know that the federal government is giving out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes to welfare recipients?  It may be hard to believe, but it is true.  Right now, there are companies that are running advertisements specifically targeted at low income Americans informing them of the fact that all they have to do is sign up and they can get a free cell phone and hundreds of free cell phone minutes every single month and it […]

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16 Statistics Which Show That The Number Of Americans Dependent On The Government Is At An All-Time High

A higher percentage of the American population is receiving government benefits than ever before.  Yes, there have always been poor people that have needed our assistance, but what does it say about our economy that the number of Americans dependent on the government is at an all-time high?  Every night on the evening news we are told that the economy is improving, and Barack Obama is endlessly giving speeches about the “economic recovery” that is supposedly underway.  But that is […]

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16 Statistics Which Show That The Number Of Americans Dependent On The Government Is At An All-Time High

A higher percentage of the American population is receiving government benefits than ever before.  Yes, there have always been poor people that have needed our assistance, but what does it say about our economy that the number of Americans dependent on the government is at an all-time high?

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Commodities Take Off!

The Greek talks returned to the headlines this morning. I know I said this last Friday, and I was a little too optimistic and turned out to be wrong! But… I do expect this agreement on a private-sector involvement in Greek debt

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