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Is the Eurozone a Buy Is the Eurozone a Buy?

Summer’s here, and the US stock market is going through its seasonal “two steps forward, two steps back” dance.

Meanwhile, longer term investors are looking for the next big investing opportunity.

The Eurozone has been tarred and feathered since the 2008 financial crisis. But although the region is down, it’s not out.

Is now a good opportunity to get into Eurozone investments while the prices are still low? How can you tell when and if the Eurozone has profitable investment opportunities?

I talk about that, plus the drama I had the past week at home, in today’s podcast!


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how to beat inflation Is the Eurozone a Buy?

The Fed has signaled that they may keep interest rates low and continue bond purchases until 2014 or 2015. Nevertheless, investors are edgy.

If Bernanke stops the Fed’s bond purchasing program, bond values may decrease causing rates to rise. The Fed also can’t keep interest rates low forever.

Higher interest rates will impact your savings and investments. Will you be ready when rates go back up? Are you aware of how rising interest rates may affect you? Are you ready to keep inflation from devouring your purchasing power, and – most importantly – do you know how?

You’d be surprised. I talk about how rising interest rates may impact your wallet, plus strategies to protect yourself, in this week’s podcast.


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Bond Market Bubble Is the Eurozone a Buy?

Some consider the bond market the ugly stepsister to stocks, and tend to ignore this unsexy sibling. However, investors pay more attention to the bond market for warning signals about the health of our economy – not the stock market.

What’s the bond market telling investors today? Will the party continue, or are we going to turn into pumpkins soon?

I give my opinion, and my hot topic of the week, in this week’s podcast!

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How to Pay for College (at any age)

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The unemployment rate fell recently to its lowest point since 2008! That’s great news — but still not great overall. It’s like being on “Dancing With the Stars”, and saying that you danced better than D.L. Hughley or Andy Dick. Getting a job is still difficult. So what can you do in this economy if […]

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BlogTalkRadio: Alternative Lenders Bringing Money to Main Street

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Banks are still being very stingy with their loans. As a result, a new crop of alternative lending businesses have risen. They’re not only competing with banks to provide you with access to loans, but also giving consumers affordable and unexpected options for getting access to capital. I talk about how alternative lending works and […]

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2013 Market Forecast: A New Bottom

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Usually when someone offers up a stock market forecast, I run the other direction.  However, it’s still a good idea to keep the market’s seasonal trend in mind as the year unwinds. Seasonal trend?  Absent of widespread news, investors rely on ritual.  The stock market reflects the ritual since it’s basically a peek into the […]

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Can Africa Make Your Portfolio’s Soul Glow?

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Eddie Murphy’s 1988 movie “Coming to America” famously stereotyped two locations: Long Island City (in Queens, NY) and Africa. Long Island City has come a long way from the rat trap where Eddie Murphy (Akeem) and Arsenio Hall (Semmi) lived. But is Africa still the exotic expanse of endless plains filled with wild animals and […]

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How the Markets Need Thelma and Louise

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At the end of the 1991 movie “Thelma and Louise”, the two heroes look across at each other, hold hands, and speed their 1966 Thunderbird off a cliff. It’s probably not the best movie analogy when talking about Washington.  But focus in on the fact that two very different people made a fast decision and […]

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BlogTalkRadio Episode: Want to Jump Over the (Fiscal) Cliff? Here are Alternatives

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In this show, I cover the latest news on the fiscal cliff, what to expect from the market and in your portfolio, and alternative investments. Don’t miss a thing! Friday’s at 12:30 pm EST. Listen to internet radio with The Wall Street Geek on Blog Talk Radio You may also be interested in: Hey #Twitter…About […]

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You Don’t Have to Be Gisele Bundchen to Model #Statistics

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Investors track indices or other indicators to predict the health of an economy and to predict the stock market. But with dozens of indicators per country, how can you digest what these indicators are telling you? And use them to predict what may happen next? This video gives you three critical steps to create a […]

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