Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • October 30, 2014 - Q3 GDP Really Up 3.5%.

    The US Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that real GDP--net of inflation--rose 3.5% in the third quarter, beating most estimates.
    US BEA



  • October 30, 2014 - Economic CorrelationClick to enlarge

    The last 12 years have debunked the theory that "buying stocks is not an investment in GDP." 



  • October 29, 2014 - Donor Advised Funds

    When planning charitable gifts, Donor Advised Funds offer effective execution for philanthropic minded individuals.
    American Endowment Foundation



  • October 28, 2014 - QE3 Runs Adrift

    Fed may be ending QE3 but hits it could return to the expansive monetary policy.
    WSJ



  • October 22, 2014 - Companies Reconsider Health Care

    During the traditional enrollment period for employee benefit plans, companies are reconsidering their health care options.
    WSJ



  • October 21, 2014 - Why Not Call It iPay

    Perhaps if it was renamed iPay, the ApplePay service would receive the fanfare it deserves.
    WSJ



  • October 20, 2014 - Debunking IRA RMD Table

    Lawrence Siegel, Director of CFA Institute's Research Foundation, calls into question the simplistic retirement income models embraced in the financial planning community and by IRS regulations for IRAs.
    WSJ



  • October 16, 2014 - Student Aid Resources

    US Department of Education provides useful resources to forecast your student aid eligibility.
    StudentAid



  • October 14, 2014 - Survivalist's Wish List

    Survivalists are purchasing gear to prepare themselves for the possibility of an ebola pandemic.
    NYMag



  • October 13, 2014 - Loose Lips Sink Ships

    The IMF (finally) warns of rising risk of financial crisis brought on from years of globally loose monetary policies.
    NYTimes



  • October 07, 2014 - China's Miracle, Hong Kong

    China owes any economic success more to its influence from Hong Kong than its influence over Hong Kong.
    WSJ



  • October 06, 2014 - Global Income Disparity

    Wealth, as in real estate, depends largely on location. Comparative advantages amplify wealth disparities among countries.
    Economist



  • October 03, 2014 - Retirement Planning Checks

    Hawk100 adds "7. manage cash flow risk" to Morningstar's 6 retirement success factors.
    Morningstar



  • October 02, 2014 - Maybe Death Doesn't Stink

    The Economist highlights research that loss of the sense of smell foretells shortened life expectancy.|The Economist



  • October 02, 2014 - Get Your Risk Right.

    Before you invest, understand your true risk profile.  Hawk100 can help.
    WSJ