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In a tough time for equities, the Fed elects not to roil the markets. Read more »

 

Fall might be anything but calm on Wall Street. Volatility is back, in a big way: the CBOE VIX has risen more than 105% since the end of July. Additionally, 11 of the 15 trading days ending September 9 were “all or nothing” days in which more than 80% of the S&P 500 moved either higher or lower. In the last 25 years, the index has not had a 15-day period like this.

Contrast that with the first 159 trading days of 2015, in which just 13 such days occurred according to Bespoke Investment Group research. In fact, during the first half of 2015 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was never more than 3.5% up or down YTD, on pace for the most placid year in its history.

This turbulence may persist for several more weeks or months. How does an investor cope with it? It helps to put all of this recent volatility into perspective. Read more »

 

A short case study between our beloved Cy and Herky's retirement savings strategies reveals that it's never too late to save, but the earlier you do, the effects of compounding really do add up.

Will you accept the "Cy Hawk Savings Challenge"?
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Besides the death benefit, it may also help you financially during your life.

As a recent Bankrate.com article noted, 43% of Americans have no life insurance. Some view it as optional; some have simply procrastinated when it comes to buying a policy. Others believe that they can’t afford it.

In reality, life insurance is cheap today. If you just want term life coverage – essentially life insurance that you “rent” for X number of years – you may find it quite affordable wherever you live. A little comparison shopping online reveals... Read more »

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