What is Value?

What is Value?

If you went around polling the average American what “value” was, you’d probably get a lot of different answers, no two of which would be alike. I’d definitely say that value was getting that hotel in Capri that feels like it’s a five-star with that three-star price....
Gold: A Worthwhile Investment in These Times?

Gold: A Worthwhile Investment in These Times?

As people remain uncertain about the future of the economy and the stock market, one option that has been getting more than a few quick looks has been gold. It is impossible to ever forget about gold as an investment option, especially considering the amount of times...
Saving Still Makes Sense

Saving Still Makes Sense

There is a lot of news going around after an opinion article appeared in Bloomberg this past month arguing that, due to changes in the tax code and common investment fees, saving and investing in your 401(k) is no longer a good idea for many individuals. But is that...
What is a Bubble?

What is a Bubble?

Bubbles are hard to define, because they can come out of nowhere and focus on any number of assets. “Bubble” is also loosely used to describe anything whose worth is below its value. For instance, a number of investors and economists believe that higher education is a...
Why Pay for Financial Advice?

Why Pay for Financial Advice?

The Federal Reserve (or the Fed) is the central bank of the United States of America. It has a balance sheet of (now) almost $7 trillion dollars. The “governors” (like chairpersons) of the Federal Reserve often are a combination of bankers and economists. So why would...
DIY Investing? The Pitfalls of “Free” Trading

DIY Investing? The Pitfalls of “Free” Trading

You have undoubtedly seen the ads and commercials reflecting how the costs of buying stocks has declined rapidly over the past decade. From $10 commissions (paid every time you purchased a stock) to $5 commissions to $0 commissions to stock slices and fractal shares...