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April 2016

New disclosure regs may save investors billions

Longtime readers of my columns know that I am not a fan of government regulation. Nevertheless, there are times it is needed to protect consumers. This column is about new regulations that have the potential to save investors billions of dollars in costs. Internal fees in mutual funds Some months ago, I wrote a column about the hidden fees in mutual funds. Many investors don’t know that the same mutual …Read More

Economic Review – Q1/16

At quarter’s end, the equity market had recovered all that it had lost between 12/31 and 2/11, plus about 1%.  Apparently, this was the swiftest recovery in any quarter since 1933.  While we were fairly certain that the downdraft was just a much needed correction, like you, we don’t care too much for the uncertainty that such markets bring, especially when the business media was practically cheerleading for a recession.  …Read More

Investing in a slow-growth world

The first quarter provided quite a ride, featuring a rapid equity downdraft and chaos in the high-yield bond market accompanied by irrational fear about another implosion in the financial system and a resulting recession. All of this was brought on by the rapid fall in the price of oil, something that ordinarily would be a positive for the economy. Indeed, it still is likely to be a positive for consumers …Read More