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Investors Beware: The Media Noise can be Deafening

Most people would argue that living in a digital world, with instant access to an endless stream of information has made us smarter and more self-empowered than past generations. Investors believe that it has “leveled the playing field”, enabling them to make investment decisions based on the same information once only available to the investment pros.

10 Ways to Prepare For Retirement

Regardless of your age, the thought of not having to work, but still enjoying a great quality of life is probably quite appealing. Retirement sneaks up on you as each year goes by faster and faster.

Interest Rate Yo-Yo

Interest Rate Yo-Yo

I don’t spend a lot of time offering specific market commentary at Financial Planning Fort Collins.  I think there are a lot of places and a lot of personalities that can offer plenty of very fine commentary for you to enjoy, if that's your thing.  But when bigger picture things happen, I will try to put them into context, as much as possible.

Which segues into interest rates, and bonds.  Interest rates have recently made a sharp move higher.  In early May the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was at a yield of 1.66%, near the all-time lows hit in July of 2012.  The difference between this year and last is that in just over a month the yield on that 10-year T-note has snapped up to around 2.20%.  On a relative basis, that's a big move for the bond market - yields moved up by nearly 1/3rd in around 30 days.1

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