Buying Illinois Debt – BOLD or Bad?

The Illinois debt saga continues. The state operated without a budget since 2015. In June, just before their fiscal year end, both S&P and Moody’s downgraded Illinois’ credit rating to one level above “junk bond” status. Moody’s said: “Legislative gridlock has sidetracked efforts not only to address pension needs but also to achieve fiscal balance, allowing a backlog of bills […]

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Declaration of Independence

I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day Celebration. I came close to taking a week off when something caused me to want to read the “Declaration of Independence”. I urge every subscriber to take some time and read it through. Those who stood up for our independence paid a heavy price. The Constitution Society article, “Fate of the Signers of […]

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Don’t get caught in the debt trap!

Hardly a day goes by without an article blaring about record levels of debt and warning of a collapse. Irresponsible borrowing can adversely affect everyone, including those who lived within their means. Reuters reports, “Americans’ debt back at record high after nearly a decade”: “Americans’ debt level reached a record high this year, surpassing the peak touched just as the […]

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If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

Seniors, savers, baby boomers and retirees are constantly bombarded with financial information written by those wishing to sell their products or services. The readers are prospective nails; and the authors tout their particular hammer as the best solution to your financial challenges. Many have been credited for the above quote, including Mark Twain and Abraham Maslow. I prefer to use […]

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