Will Public Pensions be Trump’s Biggest Challenge?

Dear friends, Over the past week, as the Trump rally has marched on, I’ve been on the receiving end of an entirely different sort of unexpected acclaim. It started with an hour-long interview I did with Real Vision’s Grant Williams that is going ‘viral’ (I’m still new to these terms given I was inside the Federal Reserve for so long […]

The Federal Reserve to Pensions: Suspend Disbelief Indefinitely

There is a distinct cerebral pleasure, relief even, derived from lapsing into a state of suspended disbelief. Do we care that saw-wielding magicians don’t really cut the girl in two, or that big screen good guys never run out of ammunition? Would the frightening folklore of vampires have survived the ages and still be capable […]

The Dark Side of the Boon

Whither stagflation? Say it isn’t so! Like it or not, the unrounded core inflation for January came in closer to a gain of 0.4%. In other words, look for the year-over-year rate’s next stop to be 1.9%. What could offset this march upwards? New car prices fell month-over-month and year-over-year. This trend should accelerate as […]

The Dark Side of the Boon

Whither stagflation? Say it isn’t so! Like it or not, the unrounded core inflation for January came in closer to a gain of 0.4%. In other words, look for the year-over-year rate’s next stop to be 1.9%. What could offset this march upwards? New car prices fell month-over-month and year-over-year. This trend should accelerate as […]

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Money Strong Top Ten 2017 — Make That Top 11 #NeverForget

Money Strong Top 10 — 2017 Make That Top 11 #NeverForget Many of us have just sung the most popular song in the world, Happy Birthday, albeit it in varying forms, dialects and venues. Color me sentimental, but Stille Nacht, or Silent Night to you and me, stirs the spirit and celebrates Jesus’ birthday as no […]

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Retirement in America: The Rise of the Velvet Rope

Before there was the One Percent, there was the velvet rope at Studio 54. Gaining entry to the divine disco, with its adherence to a strict formula, was just as exclusionary. This from Mark Fleischman, the Manhattan haunt’s second owner in a memoir released to mark the 40th anniversary of the club’s opening:  “A movie star […]

Investing Now & Then: A Panoply of Parallels, DiMartino Booth, Money Strong, Fed Up

Investing Now & Then: A Panoply of Parallels

So much for “ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties” having a monopoly on “things that go bump in the night.” No longer is this classification reserved for things that taunt, tantalize and toy with our terrors as that traditional Scottish poem first invaded our minds. Earlier this summer, some avid astronomers, tasked as they are with […]

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The Big Boys of Summer

Do you feel it in the air? Is summer out of reach? Many of us came of age, or thought we did, the first time we heard Don Henley’s mega-hit The Boys of Summer, released in October 1984. But can a song be reincarnated to mean even more? Can one brush with destiny change everything? […]

The Smell of Dry Paint in the Morning, Danielle DiMartino Booth, Money Strong LLC

The Smell of Dry Paint in the Morning

Irish Playwright Oscar Wilde defied Aristotle’s memorable mimesis: Art imitates Life. In his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying, Wilde opined that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Jackson Pollock, the American painter, aesthetically rejected both philosophies as facile. We are left to ponder the genius of his work, which in hindsight, […]