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Your $2 Million Tax Obligation

Written by Gary North on January 2, 2012

Each year, David Collum produces a review. It covers a lot. Let me begin with the overall assessment. We have a massive global debt problem that will take years to unwind. Some think it is a zero-sum game, but I disagree. The World is blanketed with people fully aware of what has been promised to […]

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Three Big Factors That Threaten Your Retirement Plans

Written by Gary North on December 26, 2011

Barry Ritholtz is a well-informed investor. He writes a good blog, The Big Picture. Recently, he wrote an article on three factors that undermine most people’s investment plans: (1) the market, (2) the professionals, (3) their own selective overestimation of their investment skills. The market, meaning all organized capital markets, price every asset in terms […]

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Busted Boomers: Why Their 401(k) Plans Are in Ruins

Written by Gary North on December 21, 2011

The problem is getting attention, but this Wall Street Journal story caught my attention. The  median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) account has less than one-quarter of what is needed in that account to maintain its standard of living in retirement, according to data compiled by the Federal […]

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Gold in Retirement Accounts: A Bad Idea

Written by Gary North on December 14, 2011

The likelihood of direct gold confiscation is low, says this bullion coin dealer. But that is not the only threat. There is a threat of an emergency decree controlling access to government-approved retirement assets. Firs, on direct confiscation. Last week I discussed how some coin marketers are trying to scare customers into purchasing more profitable […]

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Will Your Future Get “Corzined” into Dust? Why Not?

Written by Gary North on December 9, 2011

MF Global lost $1.2 billion in customers’ accounts. The clients’ money is gone. Corzine testified under oath to Congress yesterday that he has no idea where it went. If he doesn’t know, nobody knows. Yet the financial system rests on this: investors think someone in charge knows where all of their money is. If you […]

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Choices Reduced: 401(k) Plans

Written by Gary North on December 9, 2011

The new trend is for 401(k) plans to offer fewer choices. It seems that investors are getting confused. They make mistakes. So, employers want to help. Help themselves. Simpler menus can help employers, too. “From the plan sponsor’s point of view, you have fewer funds that you have to monitor and evaluate on an ongoing […]

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Your Disappearing Pension

Written by Gary North on November 25, 2011

If you are planning to retire in comfort, you must make different plans from those your friends and peers are making. That’s because the conventional pension fund programs are in trouble. This article by John Rubino spells it out. First, only the rich will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Americans are part of […]

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