Author: Artie

Is The New Bitcoin ETF Safer For Investing?

Once again Bitcoin is in the news. This time the hype is around a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) just introduced by ProShares. The headline news purports it to be a safer way to invest in Bitcoins by avoiding unregulated exchanges and loss-prone Bitcoin wallets. While the ETF structure does add a modicum of legitimacy around…
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Will Future Recessions Become Shorter?

The recession that began in February 2020 as a result of the COVID pandemic officially ended in April 2020 according to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a private nonpartisan economic research organization. (From the vantage point of 2021 this should come as no surprise). That makes the two-month COVID recession the shortest in…
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What Is Normal?

In 2009, after the so-called Great Recession clobbered stocks, one of the largest mutual fund companies (PIMCO) produced a set of economic and investment analyses that they named the “new normal.” Right now McKinsey & Company is currently promoting their viewpoint of post-COVID changes in the workplace and in the economy under the rubric of…
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Market Declines Are More Common Than You Think

It may seem that the U.S. stock market has been the place to invest your savings over the last few years. The S&P 500 returned 32% in 2019, 18% in 2020, and is currently up almost 20% so far this year. That’s well above its 50-year average annual return of slightly over 10%. During periods…
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The U.S. Healthcare System Is A Mess

The New York Times (NYT) just published an article titled “Hospitals and Insurers Didn’t Want You to See These Prices.” That article is the stimulus for this blog. Have you ever remodeled a bathroom? Imagine walking into a plumbing fixtures store only to discover that none of the items have their prices posted. Instead you…
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You Can’t Have Rights Without Responsibilities

The U.S. is currently facing another surge in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths. Sadly, this is occurring while the country is awash in vaccines that have shown remarkable efficacy. I’m concerned that the proliferation of this virus could have a highly deleterious effect on our economy and our investment portfolios, not to mention our…
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