Category: Markets and Investments

What Ails the Ticket Market?

The breakdown in the ticket market has led, in many instances, to predatory pricing and chaos. And Taylor Swift agrees, which is why she created a “Verified Fan” program that requires interested buyers to prove their identity to have access to pre-sale tickets. The U.S. Senate also sympathizes, which is why they’ve opened an investigation into the ticket selling business.

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Four Risks to the Market in 2024

As we begin 2024, the expectations for the market are moderately positive. Recognizing the potential for the experts to be wrong again, it may be instructive to examine some risks that could upend these positive expectations.

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Understanding the Federal Unemployment Index

The unemployment rate is one of the most important economic indicators policymakers and investors have in gauging the health of the U.S. economy. More recently, it has become the central barometer for how investors view the direction in which the Federal Reserve may take its monetary policy.

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The Impact of Higher Yields on Retirees

While the predominant fear of retirees is running out of money, the findings that most older retirees still had 80% of their pre-retirement savings after 17 to 18 years of retirement suggest that longevity risk may not be as menacing as many think.

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The Cash Trap

After over a decade of near-zero interest rates, today’s relatively high yields have sparked an investor rush into safe, short-term debt investments, like money market funds. This 18% rise in money market holdings in just one year illustrates the enthusiasm of investors for higher yields, as bonds have suddenly become an alternative to stocks. But it begs an important question … are investors pouring too much into cash?

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