Posts Tagged ‘Ike Trotter’

TROTTER: Where did inflation run to?

by Published: July 12,2013

Tags: finance, Ike Trotter, inflation

Consumer inflation, according to the Federal Reserve’s inflation gauge, just hit a 50-year low according to the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index, which is maintained by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.1 Besides tracking consumer inflation, the PCE price index measures data like household purchases, a major factor in GDP growth. The core PCE index […] [...]

TROTTER: Big spenders vs. big savers

by Published: June 28,2013

Tags: finance, Ike Trotter, money, saving, spending

You stand at your window and look across the street. Nice house, you think. Nice landscaping. Nice sports car. Nice driveway. New bikes for the kids. Wow, if only you had that kind of money . . . . On the other hand, the plain home down the street with the older model sedan parked […] [...]

TROTTER: Has your identity been stolen?

by Published: June 21,2013

Tags: finance, identity theft, Ike Trotter

According to data compiled by Norton, cybercrime hits over 74 million Americans annually. You know you have been victimized when you get that courtesy call or email from a bank or credit card issuer – but is there a way you can tell prior to that moment?1 There are, however, certain warning signs to cybercrime. […] [...]

TROTTER: Social security claiming strategies

by Published: May 17,2013

Tags: finance, Ike Trotter, Social Security

Today almost half of those filing for Social Security benefits do so at age 62, the earliest age to which the law makes eligible. Some choose to delay benefits and postpone using their retirement savings as an income source. Others apply out of necessity; their financial situation leaves them little choice. Weighing everything involved, what […] [...]

TROTTER: Estate and financial planning fundamentals

For this column, we will discuss those areas of estate and financial planning for the age group I will refer as “age 50 and older.” Obviously, we’re dealing with a wide age span for people in this group that pairs those of the World War II generation along with the Baby Boomer generation that followed […] [...]

TROTTER: Spenders and savers are linked by asset conservation

For this article, we will discuss those areas of estate and financial planning for the age group I will refer as “age 50 and older.” Obviously, we’re dealing with a wide age span for people in this group that pairs those of the World War II generation along with the Baby Boomer generation that followed […] [...]

TROTTER: Dealing with the issues of debt

by Published: March 29,2013

Tags: bankruptcy, Business Week, debt, Ike Trotter

A couple of years back, an article in Business Week caught my attention by stating that older Americans -those identified as 55 and over, are filing for bankruptcy at a faster rate than the general population today. Even more surprising in this category would be the inclusion of those raised during the Depression and World […] [...]

Where is the Dow Jones headed?

Next stop, 15,000? As the Dow Jones Industrial Average settled at a new all-time high of 14,253.77 on March 5, the psychological lift on Wall Street was undeniable — the market was finally back to where it was in 2007. Or was it? 1 For many, the Dow “is” the stock market, and the stock […] [...]

Putting your tax refund to work

by Published: March 8,2013

Tags: Ike Trotter, Roth IRA, taxes, TD Ameritrade

According to a recent TD Ameritrade poll, 47 percent of U.S. taxpayers expect a refund this year. The important question to ask is: What do they plan to do with the money? The answers may surprise you. While 15 percent of the survey respondents indicated they would spend their refunds on discretionary purchases, 47 percent […] [...]

Why it is wise to diversify

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: Ike Trotter, personal finance

Most all of us know of friends and neighbors who try and “chase returns” with the stock market today. Throw in to that mix day traders and others who are constantly hunting for the next hot stock, endlessly refreshing browser windows in search for breaking news and tips from assorted gurus. Is that the path […] [...]

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