Monthly Archives: February 2017

Will Your Pension Be There When You Need It?

Michelle Singletary Clearly, people are concerned about their pensions. Many are well-funded. But others, including multi-employer and state pensions, are having financial trouble. And some federal workers wonder about the government’s pension promises to them. Karen Friedman is the executive vice president and policy director at the Pension Rights Center, and Joellen Leavelle is the group’s communications and outreach director. Last week, I invited them to answer readers’ questions about their pensions. Here are some… Read More »

Don’t Let Trump Scare You Out of the Market

Ken Kam What do you do when you think the market is risky and over-extended? Rahul Garg has felt that way for over a year, but instead of running to cash, he managed to beat the S&P 500 for 2016 with a few adjustments to his investment strategy. Here’s how he did it. Rahul started his Marketocracy fund in August, 2012. For the last 3 years he outperformed the majority of U.S. Equity mutual fund managers.… Read More »

Rare Streak for U.S. Stocks

Rare Streak for U.S. Stocks:  81 Days Without a 1% Dive.  Not Happened Since 2006 Matt Egan The American stock market isn’t just sitting at record highs. It’s enjoying an unusually-long period of tranquility. The last time the S&P 500 closed down by at least 1% was 81 trading days ago on October 11 — over a month before President Donald Trump’s game-changing victory. That’s the longest stretch without a market plunge since 2006, according… Read More »

If These Girl Scouts Can Work Out a Budget, You Can, Too

Michelle Singletary Given what’s going on in the world of politics, and the whipsaw trading in the stock market, maybe you could use some laughs. I know I could. Recently, I taught a budgeting session for some Girl Scouts in the nation’s capital. I’ve shared with readers before the funny and enlightening outcomes of such sessions and would like to do so again. It’s my effort to constantly emphasize the importance of teaching our children… Read More »