Pound Poor, Pound Foolish

You may have read that the British pound has had a very rough couple of weeks on world markets, losing more than 4% of its value against the dollar in one week, and continuing the slide through the next, finally reaching a 31-year low against the dollar. Part of the problem was a mysterious “flash […]

Astronomical Cost of Living

The rule of thumb in financial planning circles is that you shouldn’t spend more than 25% of your income on housing costs. But if you live in certain cities, it might be a tad difficult to follow that rule. Pity New Yorkers, whose rent costs 63.1% of their income. And New York is cheap compared […]

Recovery—For How Long?

Yesterday, the U.S. stock markets went up 2.39%, the highest one-day return in a month. Analysts attributed the rise to a variety of economic news that suggested that the American economy is not, after all, plunging into recession. The buoyant mood among investors may not last, but for many, it’s a welcome sign that things […]

Your Guide to Millionaire Status

Chances are, you know that it takes steady savings to accumulate wealth. A recent article in Business Insider actually calculated how much you’d have to invest each day in order to become a millionaire.

Suppose your investments earn an average 7% yearly return, and you want to have $1 million by the age of 65. […]

Millions of Millionaires

 

Here’s a quick factoid quiz: which country around the world has the most millionaires? How many total millionaires are there in the world today?

According to the 6th annual Credit Suisse Global Wealth Index, measured in dollar terms, there are 33.7 million households worldwide with $1 million or more in total net worth—a […]

Giving Tax-Wisely

You may have read that Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to gift substantially all of his Facebook stock to a philanthropic entity called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, named after himself and his wife Priscilla Chan. The gift would be worth $45 billion, instantly becoming one of the largest philanthropic pools […]

The Bears Invade Shanghai

With all eyes on Greece, a bigger and potentially more disturbing market disruption is taking place—in a much larger economy. As you read this, the Chinese stock market is experiencing the kind of free-fall not seen since the 2008 drop in global markets. Some are comparing it to the 1929 crash in U.S. stocks.

As […]

Stop Awaiting the Fed

 

The first quarter of 2015 has brought us small positive returns in many of the U.S. and global indices, and more than the usual amount of anxiety along with them.

The Wilshire 5000–the broadest measure of U.S. stocks and bonds—was up 1.61% for the first three months of 2015, which is remarkable considering that […]

Currency Wars

Forget world wars, fought with tanks, bomb and missiles. The new form of global conflict is the currency war, which is fought with increasingly vicious keystrokes. We read in the papers that this or that country is engaged in a currency war with some other set of countries. But what does that really mean? […]

Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

 

We’re hearing a lot more about identity theft these days—from hackers stealing credit card numbers from big banks and retail stores to individuals opening up credit card or bank accounts in your name, which they can use to write bad checks or make expensive purchases. Criminal identity thieves may also take out a loan […]