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Eric Tyson, best-selling author of Personal Finance for Dummies and Investing for Dummies, economist and advisor, analyzes financial news and provides financial planning insights. Eric Tyson's got your back and is looking out for you!

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Using the News

Understanding the truth about these emerging and hyped "currencies"
Is debt exceeding its 2008 peak a sign of a consumer spending bubble?
From economics to international affairs, an examination of Trump's early months
But, increasing numbers of states are raising their exemption amounts or eliminating these taxes altogether
Why too much of this tends to eventually be bad news for stock prices

Worth Examining

It can reduce risk but it also is likely to reduce returns
What else I did to lose 35 pounds in just six months and improve my health
New monitoring devices make home measuring and tracking over time a snap
This website provides lots of useful and searchable data to find your ideal neighborhoods
An illuminating graphic that shows bad news coupled with stock market returns

The Straight Scoop

Why you should tread carefully in the rapidly expanding app universe
Why what passes for business "journalism" today isn't journalism
Evaluating credit cards that offer sign-up and other bonuses worth considering  
Weighing the pros and cons of saving money inside versus outside retirement accounts  
Evaluating the advice to set up shop for small business tax breaks

 

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Preferred Portfolios

Making sense of domestic versus foreign stock holdings in balanced funds
Q: I am bothered that you advocate mutual funds. Many people have done far better investing in individual stocks than in mutual funds...we do our homework and will sit with a company's stock through good and bad...
Boost your investment returns by reducing your investing taxes
See how stocks and commodities compare regarding the risk of losing money
Keeping perspective on where the markets have been and may be heading

Book/Research Summaries

What methods and strategies work best at calming your nerves and staying balanced
A look at the accuracy of future forecasts by analysts who widely miss the mark
Research study highlights what works and what doesn't and why
Words of wisdom from noted crime prevention authority Jeff McKissack
Why do we have financial market bubbles and crashes? New research from the London School of Economics explains why and you can profit from the insights.

Guru Watch

An enlightening email exchange with CNBC pundit Jim Cramer
CNBC's Jim Cramer has made horrible stock picks and market calls during the 2008-09 financial crisis but this call from 2000 is his worst ever...
You gotta love Nouriel Roubini and Jim Cramer attacking each other...this is one time, when they both might actually be right!
Forecaster who Reuters calls a "top investor," "heavyweight" and "insider" now calling for even more severe downturn...but what is his track record?
Ronald Reagan’s former budget director continues making waves in the press  

 

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