August 2008 - Forecasts & Trends

Forecasts & Trends is much more than just investment blog posts. You need to know the "big picture;" you need to have a "world view," especially in the post-911 world; and you need more information than ever before to be successful in meeting your financial goals. Gary intends to help you do just that.

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  • Retirement Focus - Post-Retirement Asset Allocation

    This week, Mike Posey continues his Retirement Focus series on how to invest during retirement. In this installment, Mike discusses the asset allocation option, and its many variations found in the investment industry today. Asset allocation programs based on "Modern Portfolio Theory" (MPT) are among the most common investment strategies used today, primarily because MPT lends itself to computerization. However, the strategy is not without its critics, and individual allocations to the various asset classes can differ significantly among the various financial services industry players. You definitely need to read Mike's analysis so you can be fully informed when evaluating post-retirement asset allocation strategies....
  • Storms On The Horizon - The Entitlement Time Bomb

    The federal budget deficit is projected to soar to a record $482 billion in 2009. With that in mind, I reprint a recent speech by Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president Richard W. Fisher on the subject of the US debt crisis. Let me warn you, this is not for the faint of heart. It is one of the most chilling forecasts I have read in a long time. You need to read it. The question is, why is no one talking about this problem or taking any steps to head it off? I offer some comments at the end....
  • The Fed, The Stock Market & What To Do Now

    The Fed left interest rates unchanged at 2% at the FOMC meeting last week, despite warnings in the media that rates would be increased. To the contrary, I have argued that the Fed will leave rates unchanged all year, and the FOMC policy statement last week supports that view. There are indications that inflation will moderate later this year, which will take pressure off the Fed to raise rates. Next, we turn our eyes to the stock market and ponder whether we are looking at a continued sideways market for several more years. If so, this will be bad news for millions of Baby Boomers that have not saved enough. Maybe it's time they consider something different, such as the investment programs I recommend....
  • Thoughts On China, The Olympics & Investing

    This week, I turn our attention to this year's Summer Olympics which will be held in China beginning this Friday, August 8 and running through the closing ceremonies on August 24, assuming all goes as planned. China has long been a mystery to the rest of the developed world, and the Olympics will no doubt shed much light on China, its communist government and its culture. Our friends at Stratfor.com offer an interesting analysis of China from a political perspective and what that might mean for the Olympics. With their permission, I have reprinted that analysis in the pages that follow - enjoy. Finally, if you are invested in China, you might consider taking some profits this week, just in case anything bad should happen during the Olympics....