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David Winters:The Optimist Portfolio Manager

October 5, 2012

Central bankers are clearly worried about global growth. From the U.S., to Europe, to Asia, we have seen unprecedented levels of easing in recent weeks. By independent research firm ISI Group’s count, there have been more than 250 stimulative policy initiatives announced over the past 13 months. The firm also points out that we are less than 100 days from the famous fiscal cliff in the U.S., when numerous Bush era tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts take effect if Congress and the White House can’t reach a budget compromise. If they don’t, estimates are that GDP growth could be reduced by as much as 3.5%, sending the economy into recession.

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CONSIDER INVESTING IN REITS THROUGH A TRADITIONAL REIT INDEX FUND

September 28, 2012

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

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. […]

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 […]

CONSIDER OWNING SOME SCARCE RESOURCES IN YOUR PORTFOLIO

September 21, 2012

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) GLD data by YCharts Global Timber & Forestry Index (WOOD) WOOD data by YCharts Watch this Episode

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.

Matt McLennan Transcript 9/21/12 #913

September 21, 2012

WEALTHTRACK Transcript #913- 9/21/12 CONSUELO MACK:  This week on WEALTHTRACK- in a world littered with investment choices, why First Eagle Funds’ Matthew McLennan values scarcity and resiliency in his portfolios. A next generation Great Investor Matthew McLennan is next on Consuelo Mack WEALTHTRACK. Hello and welcome to this edition of WEALTHTRACK. I’m Consuelo Mack. Have […]

BALANCE YOUR ASSET MIX ACCORDING TO YOUR AGE

September 14, 2012

Follow the advice of PIMCO’s Bill Gross: “Own more stocks if you are young, but more bonds if you are in your 60’s or older.” Watch this Episode

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