Financial Sense Newshour: Big Picture

Lynn Martell Md

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Last week Jim and Cathlyn discussed the different tax rates that apply to different types of investment income. This week they will focus on why paying attention to tax rates on various types of income is important, particularly when you’re in retirement. Jim also addresses a recent ruling by the US Tax Court on IRA Rollovers.

James J Puplava CFP

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In Jim’s first Big Picture topic this week, Jim and John look at the recent market correction and discusses if we are headed for trouble, and what is behind this year’s choppiness in the markets. Jim sees much of it due to Fed policy and discusses the market’s reaction to Janet Yellen, as the Fed continues to taper.

Shelley D Moen CMT

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Jim welcomes back Shelley Moen CMT, Senior Market Strategist at Vermilion Technical Research, LLC. Shelley notes that market jitters are not unusual during earnings season, and it’s certainly not unusual to see market pull-backs after strong years in 2012 and 2013.

Michael Nolan

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As Tax Day looms just a week ahead, Jim and Cathlyn discuss some tax strategies to help you feel a little less pain in your wallet. They look at ways to help you reduce your taxable income now, and strategies to help you reduce taxable income later.

James J Puplava CFP

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The first Big Picture topic this week is “Where the Credit Runs Through It”. Jim discusses how the LEI’s are turning up after a very cold winter, and how lower inflation is acting as an economic stimulus as the economy improves. He notes that the recovery is reaching a stage where credit is starting to move again, and he analyzes the ways in which credit growth will affect the economy going forward.

Richard Dickson

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Jim welcomes back Richard Dickson, Chief Market Analyst at Lowry Research. Richard sees no frothy conditions associated with a market top, and believes the consistent market sector rotations keep leading the market higher.

Tim Prosch

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This week on the program Jim and Cathlyn take on a very important, but often little-discussed topic; what will life be like for your family should you die or become incapacitated? They raise difficult but necessary questions: who will pay the bills? Who will manage the family’s money? Where will the income come from? Who will make the financial decisions? Where will your family live? Will their lifestyle have to change if something happens to you?

James J Puplava CFP

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Jim’s first Big Picture topic this week focuses on the on-again, off-again nature of the economic recovery, what has caused it, and what Jim sees ahead for this year. He notes the gridlock in Washington as a positive for the economy, as well as lower commodity prices, and greater business investment, among other factors.

Patrick Nipper CMT CFA

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Jim welcomes Patrick Nipper CMT CFA, of Renaissance Macro Research, LLC. Patrick notes that the safety sectors are outperforming, while the small caps are struggling and the IPO’s are rolling over. He also sees a flattening yield curve.

Jerome Schlichter

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This week Jim and Cathlyn discuss the issue of diversification in one’s portfolio. The title comes from a recent Wall Street Journal article called “Confronting Clients with Diworsified Portfolios”. The article looks at the idea that there is such a thing as “too much diversification” in a portfolio.

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