“Darkening Skies”: Global Storm Clouds are Gathering

While the United States grapples with the longest government shutdown on record, there seems to be little common ground among lawmakers and no likely deal in sight.   Some 800,000 government workers just missed their first paycheck since parts of the government were shuttered—and there’s increasing pressure on both sides of the political aisle to come together for the sake of the clerical, technical, administrative, and professional workers at agencies like the Departments of Homeland…

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A New Year. An Old Portfolio. A Questionable Outcome.

The holidays are over. Christmas trees have been tossed to the curb, and we’re finally back to work. It’s 2019, the 19th year of the 21st century and the last year of the 2010s. We are customarily knee-deep in resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and get more sleep—but also up to our eyeballs in the fallout from 2018.    It was a tough year for anyone with a savings or retirement…

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Canadian Gold Maple Leaf vs. Gold Krugerrand: Is One a Better Buy?

Everyone loves a compelling match-up. Coke vs. Pepsi. McDonald’s vs. Burger King. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor. The list goes on. That phenomenon extends to gold coins. Numismatists and novice precious metal buyers want to know, for example, how the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf stacks up against the South African Krugerrand. We’ll find out…

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“A House Divided” Cannot Stand—or Keep the Economy Expanding

Back in 1858, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln made a famous speech to his Republican colleagues in the Illinois Hall of Representatives. The speech, entitled “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” was considered radical at the time. It was a lecture about “putting an end to slavery agitation,” and while…

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