Solving the Early 401(k) Problem

Several readers and two of our children are asking the same question at about the same time: “If I take an early 401(k) distribution because of a change in where I work and pay taxes on the money, how’s the best way to spend or invest it?“ Today, we...

Just Another Prescient Market Call

If you are visiting UrbanSurvival today and wondering “What the hell’s going on  with Markets…collapsing like they are this morning…” the answer’s simple. You missed Monday’s column, or you would have already been braced for...

Coping: Why There is No “Retirement”

I heard it again from a neighbor down the road from us:  “I don’t have any TIME now that I’m “retired.” Amen, and ain’t that the Truth, brother. Like us, this fellow likes to tinker and build…and since “pulling the...

Eyeing Possible Global Collapes

Our work in ‘matters economic’ are of more than passing interest.  Already, even before the US markets opened, I’d made a “new Camry-sized bet” about what I thought will happen in markets today.  It would be inappropriate for me to reveal...

Coping: A New Book’s Arrival!

“Food for the mind, George – Ehor” There are books and then there are books.  The delightful gift of a book that landed Saturday from my long-time friend Ehor Mazurok was definitely in the latter category.  Published first in 1952, “Metals and...

Rethinking Synthetic Growth (2)

Picking up from Wednesday’s report, we give some clear examples of where synthetic growth may come from… A kind of how-to for policymakers. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||   Subscriber Help...

Four Witches, a TV, and a Tax Bill

The four witches refers to the fact that this is quadruple witching day..  That’s when index options, stock options, commodities, and bonds all go through the process called settlement.  It’s the quarter “Make good on contracts” event....

Coping: Seven Teaching Billion (7TB)

Want an idea that has a lot more value than zero-value/z-val social media? This hit me as Elaine and I were having the afternoon toddy this week.  I’d just read the first few pages of a book she’s writing loosely based on the personal experience of growing...

Global Synchronized Inflation Arrives

This is a great economy – if your name happens to be AT&T or FOX.  But, that’s not the case for working Americans.  But, what does matter is our growth prospects. Wednesday, the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced the expected quarter...

Coping: Feeding Your “Learning Appetite”

If there is one thing all our friends have in common, it’s the notion of being extremely competent in many different parts of life.  While some people piss-away their time on (useless) social media and what one financial analyst refers to as “z-val”...