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Real Estate Or Gold?

-Marketwatch    – In August 2011, with gold at a peak, Gallup Inc. asked investors where they’d want to keep money long-term. Gold GCM3 -0.15% was the best investment for 34% of those queried.   The yellow metal gleamed brighter than stocks, bonds and real estate. A year ago, gold’s dominance had slipped, with 28% of  Click to Continue

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Rising Rates and Income Riders

I am reminded about the chiropractor who adjusted the backbones of an avid but duffer golfer. After the crack in the back, the patient asked the doctor if he felt the relief would help his game. The chiropractor answered the patient, Joe, “I can heal the sick but I can’t raise the dead.”   After  Click to Continue

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Advisers Help Clients Sharpen Their Pencils

The most widely followed stock index in the world is the Standard and Poor’s 500, a capitalization- weighted index followed from sea to shining sea and around the Globe from Wall Street to Wallyworld.  It covers a wide variety of companies from Apple to Big Lots.  It is still after 18 years, by far the  Click to Continue

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REITS right combo with Annuities?

In a world that is challenging to find assets that zig while others zag, Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITS,  have provided an effective way to invest in the housing and commercial property recovery while outperforming the broader equity market, and the S&P 500 index the last 4 years. The performance of REITS have been significantly  Click to Continue

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Which FIA Private Equity Manager Wins

With BNP Paribas upgrading AVIVA, it’s beginning to appear that analysts are beginning to see rreal value in Private Equity’s entrance into the Annuity Industry. I am reminded, however, that their estimates of hidden value are like a bikini. What they reveal is important. What they conceal is vital. As AVIVA’s U.S. operations are divested  Click to Continue

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The Taxing Tape Measure Unplugged

According to Carmine Gallo, author of Presentation secrets of Steve Jobs, people retain about 10 percent of your yellow pad presentation but when you add stories and imagery, the client retains an incredible 65%! The three critical phases of lifetime retirement and income planning, accumulation, consolidation and distribution encompass our lifetime if we are blessed  Click to Continue

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Market Volatility takes A Valium

It follows that if what goes up must come down then what goes down, like interest rates and market volatility over the last 14 months, must go up like interest rates at banks and insurance companies will be going up soon, right?  Not likely, as both sectors see perfect opportunities to expand compressed margins with  Click to Continue

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GRATs are Great but Hustle

Now that the recent merger and acquisition activity over the last week shows that banks are beginning to loosen up their vaults a little bit. The old saying that a banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. Now  Click to Continue

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How will the Next Derivative Train Wreck affect industry leaders

There’s only one problem with those places that feature sand, surf, sun and surff this year . You come back burned, bushed and broker. So it has been with one of the greatest oxymoron’s of the last 30 years “implicit government guarantee” As the world’s largest pool of capital at $700 trillion and growing  has  Click to Continue

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