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25
May

The Consumer Price Index and the Truth About Inflation

“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”     

John Maynard Keynes

Whether we’re rich or poor, thrifty or overextended, inflation is as inevitable as death or taxes. But how high IS inflation? Is the Consumer Price Index a reliable guide? And what is the impact of underestimating inflation?

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25
May

Lessons of The Big Short

“The thought-provoking film is a timely reminder of the lessons from a financial crisis which are too quickly forgotten.”
~ Patrick Durkin, Sydney Morning Herald

Hollywood Tells the Story of the Lie That Crashed the Economy

The Big Short theatrical release poster

The Big Short theatrical release

 

Hollywood’s big screen version of The  Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’s best-selling book on the financial crash, was released to DVD in March of 2016, following a successful run in theaters. Now six years after the 2010 release of the book, which detailed the story of a handful of stock market contrarians who saw that something was rotten on Wall Street, the message remains relevant as well as entertaining.

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25
May

Escaping the Consumer Debt Trap

 “Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.”
-Ogden Nash, American poet

How Good People Get Caught in the Debt Web.

If you are staggering under the weight of Consumer Debt, join the club.

How Good People Get Caught in the Debt WebAccording to a May 13 article in Investopedia entitled “Stop Keeping Up With The Joneses – They’re Broke”, over 43% OF Americans spend more than they make. One financial journalist estimated that there are more than two million Americans carrying a credit card balance of more than $20,000. Most people making minimum payments (without taking on more debt) won’t pay off their cards for 24 years.

There are some common reasons for this:

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25
May

Bank (In)Security

Bank (In)Security: 3 Reasons Banks Aren’t as Safe as You Think

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

– Henry Ford

We’ve all heard the expression, “It’s like money in the bank!” What could be safer or more reliable than one of our long-standing financial institutions?

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