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Arthur Stein is featured guest on "Your Turn with Mike Causey"

Mike Causey recently interviewed me on the Federal News Radio show “Your Turn with Mike Causey.” We discussed the Thrift Savings Plan (the 401k retirement plan for Federal Employees) and how to invest to increase potential long-term return and protect gains.
To listen,

Are Houses a Good Investment? Part 2.

home, women edit.jpgA recent article in the Washington Post discussed housing as an investment and whether to buy or rent. It was an excellent analysis of a complex situation.
The basic answer is no, houses have not been a great investment.

Will You Run Out of Money During Retirement?

4% iStock_edited-1.jpgImagine: You are 84, living on $2,500 per month in Social Security plus $5,000 per month withdrawn from your investments. One of your checks bounces. You find out it’s because your investments are exhausted. There is nothing left. No more $5,000 per month from investments, ever again.

Good Article on Long-term Care Insurance

iStock_000016522950Small.jpgThe Walls St. Journal just published an excellent article on long-term care insurance.

Second Interview By Federal News Radio

Mike Causey interviewed me on March 26, 2014 for his show on Federal News Radio.

Llisten to it by clicking here. This is a 40 minute mp3 file that starts playing as soon as you click.

The interview was a wide ranging discussion about investing in the Thrift Savings Plan. The Thrift Savings Plan is the 401k for federal employees.

Lifecycle Funds: What’s Good and What Isn’t

I was a featured guest on a Federal News Radio broadcast on March 19. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the Lifecycle Funds in the Thrift Savings Plan. The Thrift Savings Plan is the 401k plan for federal employees and retirees.

Click here if you would like to listen. The interview lasts about 10 minutes.

2014 Investment Returns: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There was nothing subtle about investment returns in 2013. Stock returns were great and US bond returns were bad. Interest rates on bank accounts barely exceeded zero. Gold tanked.

Need some perspective? The article below summarizes the returns and offers some explanation for the different results.

Is a Stock Market Correction Coming? No Doubt About It!

The year 2013 has been a great year for stocks. Year to date, the S&P 500 Index is up 25%, other US stocks 31% and international stocks (large cap, developed) 19%. The stock allocation of an investment portfolio should look great.
With key stock market indicators reaching new highs almost every week, some investors and commentators are starting to ask if a stock market correction is coming.

How Safe Are Certificates of Deposit?

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are often considered a “low risk” investment. Depending upon the type of CD, they can offer a guaranteed rate of return, no fluctuation in value and federal deposit insurance up to $250,000, per insured bank, for each account ownership category.
Unfortunately, CDs have a very rarely mentioned downside that may make them high risk for some investors: loss of purchasing power.

Arthur's Second Interview on Federal News Radio

Mike Causey invited me for a second interview on his "Your Turn" Federal News Radio show. The broadcast was October 23.
Mike wanted an investment advisor and portfolio manager to discuss strategies for the Thrift Savings Plan and other investments.
The Thrift Savings Plan is the 401K plan for federal employees and retirees.
Click here if you would like to listen. It is an mp3 file that takes about one minute to load. The interview lasts about 35 minutes.
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