Robo-Advisors: The Amazon of Investing

What is Robo-Advising?  And why would I call this article “The Amazon of Investing?”

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Last week saw the news of Amazon bidding for Whole Foods Market in an attempt to combine the earth-shattering capabilities of online with something as everyday as food shopping. In last week’s edition, I mentioned that there are far-reaching implications for a tech company bidding for a grocer.  One of these implications involves technology having moved full-force into the world of investing…and beyond. Continue reading “Robo-Advisors: The Amazon of Investing”

Balance Between Online and B&M Shopping

Very short note today due to various Father’s Day festivities, oh, and golf’s US Open with an exciting weekend ahead!

The news yesterday of Amazon looking to buy Whole Foods Market (home of “Whole Paycheck”) has a multitude of far-reaching aspects, all worth expanding upon in future “TGIF 2 minutes” editions. Continue reading “Balance Between Online and B&M Shopping”

On Other Than Politics, II

Here we go again…. Just three short weeks ago I wrote an article under a similar heading which led to positive feedback including relief and appreciation for the simpler things in life.

The article started,

“Trump, Comey, Mueller, Twitter, Fox News, CNN….it is all getting more than a bit chaotic.  Even the stock and bond markets jumped into the fray…”

This week is more of the same, but amidst the weighty, media-driven current events several key economic news items were released with decent implications for ours and our family’s financial lives:  namely HOUSING DATA and JOB NUMBERS. Continue reading “On Other Than Politics, II”

Marketing Insurance as an Investment to Young Adults

Every once in a while, there are topics in the realm of “investments” that pique my interest, or even cause me concern.  Over the past year or so one of these is the topic of marketing insurance as an investment to young people.

Young ProfessionalsFor those of you who watch college sports on TV — or at live games — you may have picked up on what I am talking about. Obviously, college sports, especially football and basketball, are BILLION dollar industries.  The industries surrounding the picking of teams and players are also beyond lucrative.  And the advertising opportunities on television and at live games are immense.  In walks my concern:  all or most of the major insurance companies have become primary, big dollar sponsors of either or all:

  • today’s college sports games,
  • the schools competing
  • the stations carrying coverage.

Continue reading “Marketing Insurance as an Investment to Young Adults”