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The Economic Consequences Of Debt

Written by Lance Roberts | Nov, 12, 2018

Not surprisingly, my recent article on “The Important Role Of Recessions” led to more than just a bit of debate on why “this time is different.” The running theme in the debate was…

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American Gridlock

Written by Lance Roberts | May, 21, 2018

Over the weekend, I was digging through some old posts and ran across a speech given by Dr. Woody Brock in 2012. Dr. Brock, is an economist who holds 5-degrees in…

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Retirees Face A “Pension Crisis” Of Their Own

Written by Lance Roberts | May, 14, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the coming “Pension Crisis.”  The important point made was the unrealistic return assumptions used by pension managers in order to reduce the contribution (savings)…

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The Pension Crisis Is Worse Than You Think

Written by Lance Roberts | Apr, 26, 2018

Last year I penned an article discussing the “Unavoidable Pension Crisis.”  “Currently, many pension funds, like the one in Houston, are scrambling to slightly lower return rates, issue debt, raise…

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Is The Ballooning Debt Really Inflationary?

Written by Lance Roberts | Apr, 2, 2018

Last week, Kevin Muir wrote a very interesting piece on debt and whether it is inflationary or deflationary. To wit: “One of the greatest debates within the financial community centers around…

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The Debtor’s Prism

Written by Lance Roberts | Mar, 22, 2018

In just a little more than six months, the U.S. national debt has grown by a $1 trillion dollars. Today, Congress will debate on a $1.3 trillion “Omnibus spending bill”…

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There Will Be No Economic Boom – Part II

Written by Lance Roberts | Mar, 8, 2018

On Tuesday, I presented at the Financial Planning Association (FPA) Conference in Houston at which I discussed the issues surrounding financial planning in an environment of high valuations and low…

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Common Trading Mistakes Investors Must Avoid

Written by Lance Roberts | Feb, 26, 2018

The recent stock market correction, and subsequent rally, revealed the many mistakes that investors consistently make when managing their money. Emotionally driven decisions almost always turn out badly and ultimately…

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15-Risk Management Rules For Every Investor

Written by Lance Roberts | Sep, 18, 2017

Last week, I was discussing the rather “Pavlovian” response to Central Bank interventions which has led investors into a false sense of security with respect to the risk being undertaken within portfolios….

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Investing Apathy & The Death Of Your Financial Goals

Written by Lance Roberts | Sep, 11, 2017

Recently, Ryan Vlastelica penned a column suggesting investors should simply be “apathetic” when it comes to their money. “Apathy doesn’t sound like a sensible investment philosophy, but it may be…

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The Rule Of 20 & The Risk To Passive

Written by Lance Roberts | Sep, 4, 2017

“The following is an excerpt from this past weekend’s newsletter. I have several follow up articles coming over the next few weeks that will reference Byron Wien’s comments.” The Rule…

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Technically Speaking: BTFD Or Is This Time Different?

Written by Lance Roberts | Aug, 22, 2017

Since the end of the financial crisis, each market decline has been met with support by the Federal Reserve either through “verbal accommodation” or directly through “monetary interventions.” Not surprisingly, investors have…

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