Archive for September, 2012

CONSIDER INVESTING IN REITS THROUGH A TRADITIONAL REIT INDEX FUND

September 28, 2012

Morningstar recommends:
Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ)
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Morningstar also recommends holding REITs in a tax deferred account, such as a 401k, because their dividends are taxed as regular income.

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James Grant Transcript 09-28-12 #914

September 28, 2012

WEALTHTRACK Transcript  #914- 9/28/12   CONSUELO MACK:  This week on WEALTHTRACK, financial historian and thought leader, James Grant, attacks the Fed’s policies of zero interest rates and massive purchases of treasury and mortgage bonds as dangerous to the economy and damaging to savers. Grant’s Interest Rate Observer’s James Grant is next on Consuelo Mack WEALTHTRACK.   Hello and welcome to this edition of WEALTHTRACK. I’m Consuelo Mack. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been widely credited with playing a key role in saving the global financial system from spiraling into a deeper recession. As a recent Financial Times headline read,

James Grant: The Federal Reserve’s Most Outspoken Critic

September 28, 2012

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been widely credited with playing a key role in saving the global financial system from spiraling into a deeper recession. As a recent Financial Times headline read, “Central Bank Action Lifts Gloom”; “Bold Fed and ECB Moves Cheer Investors- Confidence Increases in U.S. and Europe.” There is no question that the Fed and to a lesser degree the ECB, the European Central Bank, are pulling out all stops to boost economic growth, investor confidence, and stock returns, going far beyond what their critics maintain is their proper role. As this week’s guest, financial journalist and historian James Grant told me, “Central bankers have morphed into central planners.” Continue Reading »

CONSIDER OWNING SOME SCARCE RESOURCES IN YOUR PORTFOLIO

September 21, 2012

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)
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Global Timber & Forestry Index (WOOD)
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Matt McLennan: The Collision of Macroeconomic Tectonic Plates

September 21, 2012

Have the financial markets become more stable? Is a sense of equilibrium returning to the global financial system? Several widely followed measures would seem to indicate yes.
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