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  • Economic-Factor-10 May 17, 2017

    Economic Factor #10: Events

    Very major disasters such as severe earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, famine, floods, and pestilence can devastate even large economies such as ours. The massive influenza epidemic of 1918 has been found to have damaged economic...

  • International-Growth May 10, 2017

    Economic Factor #9: International Growth

    It is said that a rising tide carries all ships, and there is no doubt that a generally strong and rising world economy is helpful to the economic growth of the U.S. In the...

  • Taxes Trump May 3, 2017

    Trump’s Tax Proposals and Investment Decisions

    What should investors do in response to the recent release of information provided by the White House outlining proposed tax reforms? Absolutely nothing. The reasons are: (1) the information released contained very little that...

  • freetradeworld April 25, 2017

    Economic Factor #8: Free Trade

    Free international trade is vital to economic prosperity. While large, well diversified and geographically isolated countries such as the U.S. can have relatively less dependence on international trade, small countries often rely heavily on...

  • ins April 13, 2017

    Economic Factor #7: Institutions

    Although I list institutions as the seventh factor in this series on the factors of economic growth, I believe that it is the most important. Some of the factors that are included in the...

  • graph April 6, 2017

    Economic Factor #6: Biorhythms

    I am often surprised when I watch a very successful sports team suddenly go on a losing streak even though the players have remained healthy and the team’s strategies are unchanged. Coach Joe Paterno...

  • April 5, 2017

    Webinar on Balancing Risk and Return Through Asset Allocation – The Top Down Approach

    If you missed the recent webinar on “Balancing Risk and Return Through Asset Allocation, Part I: The Top Down Approach,” presented by Dr. Donald R. Chambers, Chief Investment Officer and a leading expert on finance...

  • DemographicsBiltmore March 29, 2017

    Economic Factor #5: Demographics

    I think that the Baby Boom generation demonstrated the power of demographics to alter the path of an economy. As that population bubble worked its way through time, its effects can be measured. Schools...

  • assetallocationwebinar March 14, 2017

    Biltmore Webinar: Balancing Risk and Return Through Asset Allocation – The Top Down Approach

    Join us for a Webinar, Tuesday, March 28th: A Live Webinar Event How does your financial advisor make decisions about the assets in your portfolio?  How do these asset allocation decisions affect the risk...

  • INOReg March 10, 2017

    Economic Factor #4: Innovation and Regulation

    In my years of teaching at the college level, I have noticed that U.S. students do not work as hard as foreign students. But I have also noticed a persistent tendency of U.S. students...

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