Economics

If you want to be a successful investor, you absolutely need to understand your personal economics as well as the economy around you. These factors will have an impact on the success of your investments.

How Will Obamacare Affect the Stock Market in 2014?

Obamacare

Up until this point it’s been virtually impossible to predict how Obamacare will affect the stock market going forward. But as the plan has now been in place for at least two months, we’re starting to see results. How will Obama’s healthcare law affect your investments in the coming year?

Thank You Ben Bernanke!

Helicopter Ben Bernanke

I’m not thanking Ben Bernanke for helping the United States get out of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Oh no no no, but for making my family richer. All praise helicopter Ben for helping the poor one percenters. The one percenters didn’t rest on their laurels when it was announced Ben would […]

Inflation Is A Hidden Tax – What Can You Do About It?

Inflation = Tax

We can think of inflation as being like a financial cancer – it’s slowly and relentlessly eats away at the value of our investments. Some investors would prefer to ignore inflation; it is after all inconvenient where investment planning is concerned. It can take pretty looking investment projections and make them look downright ordinary. The […]

Wealth Inequality in America – Who Posted This Crappy Video?

The 1 Percent

A relative of mine made me aware of this viral video going around on YouTube by the author “politizane”. As you can imagine, I have quite a few issues with this video. I’m not suggesting some of the information is incorrect, I just have an issue with the conclusions and some of its assessments.

Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage

McDonald's

One of the items that has been getting a lot of play since President Obama’s State of the Union Address has been minimum wage. In his address, the President suggested that the federal minimum wage be raised from $7.25 an hour to $9.00 an hour, indexed to inflation. (I’m old enough to remember being excited […]

How Fracking Will Change the American Economy

Fracking

It might be one of the most controversial issues in energy, but it’s having a profound impact on American energy production. Hydraulic fracturing is a new technology that allows us to search for oil in places we’ve never looked before, and make use of natural gas and oil deposits that were never before economical.

What is Behavioral Finance?

Obamacare

One of the terms that tends to pop up more and more when people talk about money and economics is “behavioral finance.” Behavioral finances is a relatively new field of study. The idea is to look at the reasons that people make the money choices they do (those choices are often irrational). Behavioral finance applies […]