The usual assumption that economists, financial planners, and actuaries make is that future real GDP growth can be expected to be fairly similar to the average past growth rate for some historical time period. This assumption can take a number of forms–how much a portfolio can be expected to yield in a future period, or how high real (that is, net of inflation considerations) interest rates can be expected to [...]
President Bush’s weekend campaign promise that he will push legislation allowing for no money down on some federally insured mortgages could cost taxpayers as much as $500 million over four years because of a higher rate of defaults, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The election-year idea may appeal to those who can’t save as fast as home prices are rising. But some financial planners warn that increasingly common no- and [...]
By Howard Gold
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — You’ve heard it so often you can probably repeat it in your sleep: Equities are the best protection against inflation.
Financial planners say it. Money managers say it. Pundits and gurus say it. Without a nice chunk of equities in our portfolio, we are told, inflation will ravage our net worth and we may not have anything left for our very old [...]
Steve Jobs and his wife Laurene Powell are seen at the Academy Awards in 2010.
When Steve Jobs died last month, he left $6.78 billion of stock in both Apple and Disney presumably to his wife and family. His widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, may not have a better time to sell off the billions of stock and avoid $867 million in capital gains taxes.
Financial planners told Bloomberg that Powell Jobs and [...]
By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Warning: 91% of America’s financial planners are pushing clients into riskier investments, according to a new Financial Planning Association study on “Alternative Investments.” Get it? In today’s highly volatile markets advisers appear to be running as scared as their clients, chasing risky returns.
Why? Likely these advisers can’t justify their fees, so they’re playing the [...]