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When You're Not Around: Setting Your Family Up for Success
Cathlyn Harris's picture

None of us like to imagine what'll happen after we pass away. It's too sobering. But what will life be like after your death? And no, I'm not talking about an afterlife, I'm talking about life after death: not yours, but your family's. What will their life look like after you pass?


How Do You Justify Consuming ExxonMobil’s Oil?
Robert Rapier's picture

Sometimes the written word is easy to misinterpret. More than once I have written an article to find that some minor point I made became the focus, or that the point I was making was just lost.


U.S. Consumer Spending: A Positive Surprise!
BCA Research's picture

After hibernating this winter, U.S. consumers appear to be opening their wallets again. March retail sales data were strong across the board — the only exceptions were spending on gasoline and electronics, which contracted month-over-month.


Don’t Bet on Treasury Rally to Continue
Sober Look's picture

Treasuries rallied sharply last week, mostly on the back of the sell-off in equities as well as in response to the Fed's seeming backpedaling on the timing of rate hikes.


Retail Sales Surge on Spring Thaw
Tim Iacono's picture

The Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales jumped 1.1 percent in March, the biggest monthly increase since September 2012, as Americans released pent-up demand that resulted from an unusually harsh winter.


Q1 Earnings in Focus
Sheraz Mian's picture

Stocks have been rallying today after last week’s anxiety inducing sell-off, with this morning’s positive earnings and economic data also helping the mood. A lot is riding on the Q1 earnings season which ramps up this week, with more than 50 S&P 500 members announcing results.


Further Downside May Be Ahead, Though Long-Term Trend Still Intact
Chris Puplava's picture

The markets were down big this week, with much of the profit-taking in high growth stocks and popular momentum names. Although economic data here in the U.S. continues to improve, the market was showing signs of exhaustion over the past couple months as less stocks were participating in the rally to new highs.


The Market Is Too Dependent on Hopes That Await Evidence
Sy Harding's picture

The market remained positive, near its December peak for three months, primarily based on hopes. At this point, the market needs more than just hopes.


Lassonde: Gold Moving Sideways; Very Bullish on Natural Gas
FS Staff's picture

Legendary and widely-acclaimed mining expert Pierre Lassonde, Chairman of Franco-Nevada (FNV) and President of Newmont Mining (NEM) from 2002-2006, recently spoke with Financial Sense for a wide-ranging interview on the mining industry, gold, and, lastly, natural gas.


85% of Pension Funds to Fail in Three Decades
Michael Shedlock's picture

Bridgewater Associates did an analysis of pension funds recently and concluded 85% of them will fail if returns average 4%. Bridgewater notes that public pensions have just $3 trillion in assets to invest to cover future retirement payments of $10 trillion over the next many decades.


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