Archive for April 2017

What is a “safe” retirement withdrawal rate?

In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year. A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining your personal retirement withdrawal rate, it’s important to…

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U.S. Jobs Update

Americans who expect to see a wide array of new jobs on the horizon may be in for a surprise. Not only are traditional full-time jobs scarcer these days — a combination of technological automation and corporate thrift — but they also aren’t what they used to be. Companies are less inclined to offer full-time…

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Global Trade: Problems and Potential Solutions

Global trade and investment have increased dramatically over the past 30 years.1 On one hand, importing lower-cost goods from other countries has saved Americans money. On the other, it has cost American jobs. How many jobs? About 6 million from the manufacturing sector alone between 1999 and 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

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Infrastructure Could Bridge Political Divide

 Is it a secret that American politics are contentious, divided and rocky? Yet, one topic has the potential to bring both sides to the table: Infrastructure. The Republicans and Democrats may not agree on the details; after all, infrastructure spending necessitates funding. Conservatives worry about additional taxes or increasing government debt, while liberals oppose legislation…

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