CAUSE FOR CONFIDENCE

For this particular installment, we offer some cheer, not fear. Which is by way of asking, are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full type of person? Well, for those awash in what often seems to be a veritable torrent of depressing stories about retirement as a...

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

We’ve come across another study suggesting that, over time, staying the 401(k) course during a financial crisis pays off. In a piece for fa-mag.com, Ted Knutson, citing a study released jointly by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Investment Company...

WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?

In a follow-up to a recent blog about picking a new mutual fund, let’s consider the alternative. Specifically, alternative mutual funds, which, according to an Associated Press story, are “hot, yet many investors have no idea what they do.” Excerpts from the AP story:...

MAN VS. MACHINE

We are all robots when uncritically involved with our technologies–Marshall McLuhan The celebrated philosopher and media theorist (and, let’s never forget, scene-stealing cameo actor in “Annie Hall”) was once again on to something, and one wonders what he might...