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Warren Buffett’s Annual Shareholder Letter

Every year, Berkshire Hathaway’s Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett sends a thoughtfully crafted letter to the company’s shareholders from which the investment industry gleans whatever newfound wisdom possible. Given that 2020 was an unusual year by economic, social and financial standards, there is much to glean. Despite the difficulties the U.S. has experienced in managing...
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Anticipation: What Will You Do?

If you’ve been cooped up, masked and socially distanced for the last year, what’s the first thing you want to do to celebrate post-pandemic freedom? Plan a dinner party? Go on a trip? Hug your grandchild? Do your plans involve spending money – like buying a new car or remodeling your kitchen? A survey conducted...
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Changing Infrastructure

Would adding more lanes to the nation’s freeways solve our traffic problems? Consider that the Katy Freeway in Houston has 26 lanes at its widest point, and it still bottlenecks during rush hour.1 Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a 2020 presidential candidate, is President Biden’s pick for addressing...
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Thinking About Relocating?

Two-thirds of home buyers and sellers would consider moving to a different city or area if their employer allowed them to work remotely on a permanent basis. Correspondingly, more than 70% of home buyers and sellers say they expect to be able to work remotely after the pandemic.1 Here’s a shock: Even if you don’t...
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What Is The Value of a CEO Pledge?

As it turns out, the value of the 2019 pledge signed by 181 U.S. corporate CEOs was a fairly good deal for themselves and their shareholders … although less so for the other stakeholders it was designed to represent. In the past, private companies thought little of the injustice of layoffs and reducing compensation packages...
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Retirement Planning Insights

Amid lost jobs and a scaled-back economy in 2020, some workers may have decided to retire earlier than planned. There are a couple of Social Security strategies worth considering in this scenario. First, if both spouses are over age 62, determine if you can make ends meet by taking only one Social Security benefit while...
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Women’s Top Retirement Concerns in a Post-COVID World

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 virus has had quite an impact on the world. Physically, psychologically and financially there will be fallout for years to come from this pandemic. This article is not to argue points as to whether this or that party handled things optimally or whether you mask or don’t mask...
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Pandemic Highlights the Difference Between Economics and Finance

One of the more glaring lessons of the 2020 pandemic was that the economy and the stock market are not the same thing, nor do they necessarily move in lockstep. They are measurements of two different things, often indicating how the other will react. However, as we saw last year, the economy is a greater...
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How Do Demographics Effect the Economy?

Back in 2019, economists claimed that the large population of older Americans, dubbed the “silver tsunami,” was creating a drag on the economy. The fear was that Americans were aging toward retirement at a faster rate than young adults were entering the workforce. Not only does this put a strain on our finance-as-we-go Social Security...
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Vaccines and the Stock Market

If there’s one thing that can move the economy and stock market forward, it’s hope. This year, that hope is being presented in the form of COVID-19 vaccines. Economists and Wall Street analysts have long proclaimed that comprehensive economic recovery is not possible until we have contained the virus. The prospect of wide distribution of...
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