Author: Chris Allen

Hello Again, Risky Home Loans

Interest rate-only adjustable mortgages may be making a comeback.  While recent market volatility has many investors on edge, the home loan business feels the need to perk up excitement in real estate.  As journalist Paul Sullivan points out in a 12/14/18 NYT column, this is not supposed to be a ‘back to the future’ moment.  Unlike a decade ago, loan applicants are to be thoroughly vetted to avoid a disastrous wave of nonperforming loans handed out to home buyers with insufficient resources.  OK, but… are the banks subsequently selling the loans to third parties?  Would be nice if they service them and live with the long-term consequences of their lending...

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Rate Hike

A Fed rate hike arrives, as expected, and inflation continues to remain relatively low, observes Dorothy Bossung of Lowery Asset Consulting in Chicago.

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Retirement Challenge

If you feel unprepared for retirement, you’re not alone. According to advisors familiar with the challenges, it’s often a “daunting” step to begin relying on your nest egg.

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Real Assets

Ready to look beyond traditional stocks and bonds? Larry Antonatos of Brookfield talks about the potential benefits of “real assets” involving property, infrastructure and natural resources.

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Sustainable Income

Sustainable income is especially important to older investors and those in retirement. In this “retro” video initially published a year ago, financial advisor Rand Spero of Street Smart Financial in Lexington, Mass., shares his perspective.

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