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The Alarming Truth About American Healthcare Costs In all the debate over how or whether we need affordable care, state registries, guaranteed coverage despite pre-existing conditions etc. etc., few Americans realize that our U.S. healthcare system has been totally out of control, cost-wise, for decades.  A recent study by the Kaiser Foundation found that virtually […]

5G On the Way Get ready for faster broadband coverage.  Engineers at the University of Sussex and collaborators around the telecom industry have successfully tested the so-called “5G” mobile broadband signals, which have data rates that are 20 times faster than the 4G systems introduced in the U.S. market a decade ago.  The first 5G […]

Health Risks for Frequent Travelers If you’re a road warrior who spends your life on airplanes, then you probably already suspect that the lifestyle is not ideal for your health.  Stress, sleep interruption, unhealthy eating and drinking and lack of exercise can add up to chronic disease risks. A recent study of electronic medical data […]

Stealthy Bears You’ve no doubt read that we are experiencing the second-longest bull market since World War II, which started in March of 2009 and has continued without a bear market (defined as a decline of 20%) since.  But is that true? Several recent articles have pointed out that we did, indeed, experience a “stealth” […]

The Secret Recipe for Laziness For many people, laziness is not a virtue; it is something that has to be overcome with daily habits and willpower.  But what about the driven Type A personality who has been told by his/her doctor that the current lifestyle will almost certainly lead to a premature death?  How can […]

Crypto-Crash Chances are, if you remember the dot-com crash, it is not fondly.  The Nasdaq Composite Index fell a total of 78% peak-to-trough, as companies like cratered into oblivion. Today’s cryptocurrency investors are experiencing similar pain, and there’s no clear end in sight.  Bitcoin is down 55% this year, and the decline is now […]

What to Know About the World Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently wrote a blog column outlining the three most important facts that people should know about our world today.  It turns out that there were actually quite a number of facts, but they were related to three basic categories of human existence. First the bad […]

2018 Second Quarter Market Report The U.S. equity markets suffered a small setback in the first quarter, but the second quarter brought us back into positive territory. The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index—the broadest measure of U.S. stocks—finished the quarter up 3.83% and is now in positive territory for the first half of the year, […]

Shrinking Motherhood We recently celebrated Mother’s Day in the U.S., but demographics tell us that mothers make up a smaller percentage of the population than at any time in at least the last quarter century.  Today, only about 26% of Americans are women who currently have or have had children, and only 15% of Americans […]

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