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How did the international stock markets perform during the Covid-19 recession?
How did various stock markets around the world weather the Covid-19 pandemic? The degree of the stock market correction and recovery was different from one country to another.
How much home can you afford to buy due to the decrease in interest rates? Analysis of today’s housing market.
For home buyers lower interest rates increases home affordability. As rates decline, the amount of money one can borrow increases while the monthly payments stays the same.
The Simple 50/50 Asset Allocation Model – Proven to Withstand the Financial Crisis of 2008 and Covid-19 Pandemic
Investors may not be able to control their emotions, but they can control how they invest. For risk averse investors, selecting a model with lower volatility is a prudent decision. A risk averse investor is more likely to tolerate small losses and stay invested long-term with lower volatility portfolio
Structural Wage Stagnation Causes Economic Weakness
The US economy has a structural wage stagnation. For the last 34 years, wages have been growing at the effective real annual rate of 0.51%. Consumers who rely on salary alone, cannot increase discretionary spending too much. As discretionary spending declines, economic growth will slow down. This creates a risk for the next economic recession.
Passively Managed Funds and Heuristic Biases: New Challenges and Opportunities
Passively managed funds can have a similar effect on the economy as systemically important financial institutions