The Mature Investor

Is the Trump Rally Credible and Sustainable?

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 @ 17:03 PM

Watching the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, investors were looking for words that would inspire confidence in our economy and those “wildly overbought” markets we’ve seen since Election Day.  At this writing, the “Trump rally” has added an astonishing $3.2 trillion dollars to capital markets in the U.S., and the S&P 500 is up over 13% since November 8th.  The day after the speech, the Dow was up as much as 350 points, as investors gave the President high marks for the economic vision he laid out for the country.


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Topics: current events, EU, Trump Rally, David Stockman, stock buybacks, 2017, John Hussman, French election, record highs, Netherlands election

The Safe Money Hour with Thom Brueckner: Global Bonds Lose $1.7 Trillion In November

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Sat, Dec 3, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

While world equity markets are up $635 billion since the election, did you know that bond markets throughout the world have crashed by over 1.7 trillion?  This “bloodbath” is the worst since the Bond Crash of 1981, and has many conservative investors worried. 

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Topics: 2016, Jeffrey Gundlach, Trump Rally, Bonds

The Single Biggest Political Upset in American History

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

Welcome back, Red-State America!

Early this morning, America witnessed an unprecedented and historical political upset in the election of a “blue collar billionaire” in Donald J. Trump to the Presidency of the United States. 

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Topics: current events, 2016 election, Donald Trump

The Safe Money Hour with Thom Brueckner: Heart Health for Seniors with Dr. Richard Hayes

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

Millions of Americans live with the chance of developing heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular conditions due to lifestyle or genetics.  These risks rise for everyone as they age.  Seniors with the highest levels of mental and social stress are three times more likely to suffer a stroke, and poor heart health is tied to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory loss.  

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Topics: 2016, heart health, stroke, richard hayes, heart attack

Is Deutsche Bank the next Lehman Bros?

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 17:09 PM

Have you heard the news coming out of Europe about Germany’s largest bank?  Before we discuss the banking crisis in Europe, let me first update you on economic developments here… 

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Topics: current events, Eurozone, 2016, EU, Lehman Bros, Deutsche Bank

The Safe Money Hour with Thom Brueckner: The Fed Holds Rates Again as Slowdown Continues

Posted by Liana Measmer on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

Did you catch Thom's radio show today?  The Safe Money Hour with Thom Brueckner is our weekly radio program covering the financial markets, the economy, politics, current events, and government policy, as they impact the financial needs of New England retirees over the age of 50.

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Topics: 2016, economy, EU, IPO, The Fed, Italy

Why Do These Economists Still Have Jobs?

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 22:06 PM

For any mainstream economists still reluctant to admit that 
a recession is underway, last Friday’s horrendous jobs report should have removed all doubts

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Topics: ECB, corporate stock buybacks, RBS, jobs report, consumer confidence, Scott Minerd, Economists

Getting a Second Opinion on Your Pending Retirement

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 16:05 PM

   Do you have a sinking feeling about the world economy, markets, or the upcoming election?  Are you uncomfortable with risk exposure as retirement looms over the next hill?  Have you stopped to ask yourself if you are getting the right advice for this new stage of life?  How do you know when it is time to get a second opinion on your finances?

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Topics: rule of 100, retirement, planning, 2016 election, Financial Second Opinion

Lifetime Income Benefit: Guaranteeing You Won't Outlive Your Savings

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

“Given a choice between the possibility of becoming rich, and a guarantee that you’ll never, ever become poor, which would you choose?” 

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Topics: 2016, planning, fixed index annuities, safe money, Certainty money, Guaranteed Lifetime Income

Is The Long-Awaited Market Crash Finally Here?

Posted by Thom Brueckner on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 11:01 AM

2016 : The Year of the Index Annuity

Have you seen the stock market forecasts for the new year? One firm after another is citing volatility, a lack of earnings, and a probable “year to nowhere” in 2016. 

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Topics: Index Annuity, current events, stock market, 2016, Tony Robbins, Wall Street