Here's our latest collection of news and commentary about investing, personal finance, and stewardship. We hope you find these articles interesting and helpful.
- Will a single rate hike kill the bull market? (Charlie Bilello, Compound Advisors). Lessons from market history — back to 1994 anyway.
- A bear market for stocks (Michael Batnick). Many of the most expensive names — including Amazon, Disney, Nvidia, and Facebook — "are taking it on the chin."
- A bullish stock market story is quietly unfolding (Sam Ro, Yahoo Finance). Based on strong earnings reports, Ro argues that prospects are more bullish than bearish.
- Most investors should ignore the risk of major macro events (Joe Wiggins, Behavioural Investment). In most cases, the greatest investment risk stemming from geopolitical instability or other major news events is making decisions because of fear.
- The best investments in inflation? An advisor studied 95 years of returns to find an answer (USA Today via Yahoo). One thing that tends to help: adding commodities to a portfolio (as our Fund Upgrading strategy did some months ago).
- 'Survival mode': Inflation falls hardest on low-income Americans (The Washington Post via Stars and Stripes). In lower-income households, most income goes toward paying for food, energy, and housing — areas that have seen some of the largest price increases over the past year.
- Four debates (Adam M. Grossman, Humble Dollar). Four financial questions — of the "Is it better to do this or that?" variety — that have no clear answer.
- IRS to activate second 'surge' team to handle millions of backlogged tax returns (MarketWatch via Morningstar). As of early February, the IRS had 23.5 million tax returns and pieces of correspondence that had to be manually processed.
- 'You're on hold forever.' Social Security applicants complain about agency's long waits (CNBC). SS field offices are slated to reopen in early April after two years of COVID-related closures.
- 4 reasons couples should be joint in their finances (Leo Sabo, Christian Stewardship Network). The rewards of joining finances as a couple significantly outweigh the risks.
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