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Should you consider a Buffer Annuity?

This year has yielded very volatile market conditions, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the Federal Reserve, interest rates are now very low and there isn't much indication that they will rise any time soon. This implies that bond yields will be very low and it will be more difficult to achieve good stock market returns. One strategy to consider for those who seek downside... READ MORE

The Wild Ride of Lumber: A Market to Watch

If Noah had to build his ark today, he'd be in for a shock. Over the course of the past several months, lumber prices have been on a wild ride. Since the beginning of April, lumber prices more than tripled and then fell abruptly at the end of last week. The rise in price was likely driven by a spike in demand from the renovation and new home markets as well as the forest fires in the West and... READ MORE

An Upside-Down Market

One of my favorite financial writers is an anonymous researcher who goes by the pseudonym, Jesse Livermore. The real Jesse Livermore was a pioneer of day trading in the early 1900s, whom at one point became one of the richest men in the world but ended up taking his own life when he lost everything. Little is known about the current writer who uses his name today. He only writes a couple pieces a... READ MORE