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How to plan for college tuition

Originally published on marketwatch.com http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-plan-for-college-tuition-2014-12-12 One of the variables that makes long-term financial planning difficult is estimating inflation. This is true for planning for retirement or a child or grandchild’s college education. Inflation, as measured by the consumer-price index has been relatively tame in recent years. However, when planning ahead for specific expenditures you have to be careful to look at the price history of the costs you’re preparing for …Read More

It’s time again to talk about year-end tax selling

Originally published on Tahoe Daily Tribune http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/14263062-113/stock-tax-loss-sell As the year comes to a close, many investors may be thinking about rebalancing their portfolios or taking some profits or losses for tax purposes. If you have assets in a taxable account and are considering doing some buying or selling before the year ends, you should be aware of the potential tax consequences. If you have a profit in a stock and …Read More

How inflation may force millennials to reconsider risk

Originally published on Marketwatch.com http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-inflation-may-force-millennials-to-reconsider-risk-2014-12-02?dist=afterbell Millennials are people born after 1980. I’ve seen sources that give differing dates, but I think being born between about 1980 and 2000 qualifies you as a millennial. Pew Research has done some interesting polling and found that millennials grew up with technology, like video games, send lots of text messages and tend to get married later. They also put off homeownership until later in …Read More

Ski industry outlook favorable for 2014-15

Originally published on Tahoe Daily Tribune http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/14055139-113/industry-ski-snow-vail In spite of the lingering drought we’ve had locally, it looks like this year could turn out to be a good one for the ski industry. Resorts on the east coast are already enjoying record-setting snowfall. I wish we’d get more of it out here. At the time I wrote this, Squaw was reporting a base of 18 inches, and we have more …Read More

Should you invest with confidence?

Originally published on RGJ.com’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/11/30/robert-barone-invest-confidence/19655523/ If an economist from the 1970s, ’80s or ’90s were to have time traveled forward to today, and that economist were to look at the macroeconomic environment, he/she would conclude that, despite the negativity of the media, the U.S. economy is actually doing well. • Third quarter real GDP growth was 3.9 percent with second quarter at 4.6 percent. This would be considered about …Read More

Should investors worry QE3 has ended?

Originally published on RGJ.com’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/11/16/robert-barone-investors-worry-qe-ended/19080941/ As October ended, the Fed announced an end to its controversial money printing policy, known as QE3 (the third round of quantitative easing). In QE3, the Fed purchased large quantities of U.S government securities. When the Fed purchases bonds, it creates new money in the form of bank reserves. For the past five years, the liquidity created by the Fed via this process has …Read More