A Slow Decline in Readers

Do you read printed books occasionally? If you do, you’re still in the majority, but a declining one. As you can see from the accompanying chart, 73% of American adults have read at least one book in the last 12 months, down from 79% in 2011. 65% of us have read a print book in […]

Good News About HIV

You don’t hear much about the HIV epidemic any more, despite the fact that an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with the disease, and an estimated 44,000 new cases are reported in this country every year. The Center for Disease Control says that 36.7 million people around the world have the disease, and 1.1 […]

Will Your Morning Cup of Coffee Make You Healthier?

If you drink coffee habitually, you’ll like this. A new study monitored the coffee intake of 208,500 men and women over the course of 30 years, and found that people who drink coffee in moderation (fewer than five cups a day) received a number of significant health benefits. Among them: lower risk of dying from […]

Bees An Endangered Species?

You probably know that the bee population in the U.S. has been collapsing for the past several years, due to factors that are only now being partially understood. Scientists call the phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” but the term “beemageddon” has become popular among laypersons.

Suspects for the population decline have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and […]

Deutsche Bank’s Woes

You may have been reading something about problems with one of the world’s largest lending institutions—Deutsche Bank—without understanding what the issue was. The bank has been reportedly due to pay a whopping $14 billion fine over its role in the 2008 market crash—specifically for selling junk mortgage pools to investors while knowing full well that […]

Anti-Trump Fund to Watch

You could go to Las Vegas and bet on the U.S. election, or make a side bet with your friends. Or you could buy an ETF.

Say what? Professional investors have noticed that the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (ticker: EWW), an ETF that focuses its investments in Mexican stocks, is increasingly being driven up […]

Quarter End Report: The Bull Continues

100 days after the Brexit scare, three quarters of a year after the most recent Fed rate hike, the markets once again confounded the instincts of nervous investors and went up instead of down. Last week, Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen told the world that the U.S. economy is healthy enough to weather a rise in […]

Preliminary Tax Forecast

Many of President-Elect Donald Trump’s policy proposals are too vague to analyze, but one area where he has been clear is on reforming our tax system. Here’s a quick primer on the changes that you can expect to be introduced to Congress in the coming year.

1) A shift from seven income tax brackets to […]

Home Ownership Rising

One economic statistic that you probably haven’t seen much of in the press is the home ownership rate. Quietly, the percentage American families who own their own home (versus rent) has fallen to 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016—the lowest figure in 51 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Young people are struggling […]