Dollar strength is a big deal for expats who rely on income from their portfolio and Social Security benefits, which are based in USD. This was a trying year for the dollar is its index dropped 10% from the March high as the government initiated majo...

It’s hard to describe such a tumultuous year: an increasingly unresolved pandemic, growing unemployment, extreme market volatility (in both directions), with no end in sight. The stock market says clear-skies and no worries, with a climb-back of 45.5...

It’s hard to predict the future. Fortunately, it’s much easier to identify where the market herd is putting their money, and this action could evidently be a self-fulfilling prophecy for real, sustainable gains. Here are some key sectors which may he...

There’s a bleak case to be made about investing in this pandemic: massive unemployment, destruction of global demand for goods and services for the foreseeable future, and a human toll of new infections in the 3rd world not even yet calculable. We’ve...

Relative strength is a measure that helps investors evaluate investments relative to the general market. By many standards, we are now in a bear market, however, some equity groups have seen relative strength during the midst of constant and dramatic...

After a 20% decline from all-time highs in the S&P 500 within only a couple of weeks, it’s hard to imagine a return to normalcy. There definitely is a new normal forming, rife with volatility and a fast rush to safe assets in the face of bad news. So...

The art world is getting even busier. I recently attended one of the most popular art fairs, Frieze, which debuted contemporary works in Los Angeles recently. The best pieces were bought by local celebs, collectors, and gallerists on the first night,...

You wouldn’t know it by going to a coffee shop but coffee prices are actually freefalling. In the L.A. coffee shop that I frequent, an espresso costs $4.11, including taxes. I have it in mind to explain to them that the wholesale cost of their coffee...

The SP500 returned 19% in 2017, -6% in 2018, and 29% in 2019. Technically, stocks are likely to continue to rise another 6% to 3,420, which is the symmetrical opposite to the Dec 2018 low. If this high is reached, the risk of a correction is stronges...

Should you put your money in stocks or real estate has been the question of generations but there should by now be enough evidence to point us toward an answer. Keep in mind that basic principals of keeping your investments diversified, understanding...

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