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Hurricane Ian Highlights the Importance of Flood Insurance, a Hedge on Your Investment

Just 18.5% of homes in Florida counties that were told to evacuate have coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by FEMA. Most regular homeowners’ insurance policies don’t cover flood damage, which is why Congress created the NFIP in 1968. But at an average cost of $995 a year, according to Forbes, the insurance may be out of reach to many households.

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Gold Has Served As An Impressive Store Of Value During The Current “Everything Selloff”

“Gold is no longer a safe haven.” “Gold isn’t an effective hedge against inflation.” “Gold is dead.”

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Ethereum Post-Merge Risks Being Seen As A “Proof-Of-Security” Asset

After countless delays, the Ethereum “Merge” finally took place this week, switching the blockchain protocol from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS).

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So What Happens to the Grid When Everyone Drives an Electric Vehicle?

Today, about 1% of our vehicles are electric. What will happen in 2035 when many more EVs need to be charged, potentially during another heatwave?

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Fed Aggression and Upcoming Midterm Elections Add to September Jitters

September has historically been one of the worst months for stocks. The Fed’s aggressive moves and upcoming midterm elections could make this September particularly interesting.

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The Era Of Low Inflation May Be Over. Are Commodities The Solution?

A growing number of prominent financial groups believes the era of low inflation is behind us, and that one investment strategy is to boost exposure to commodities and natural resources.

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Is Europe Changing Its Tune on Nuclear Power?

Winter is coming for Europe, and energy prices are soaring as international sanctions on Russia curb the supply of natural gas, on which many European Union (EU) countries have increasingly become dependent.

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What Is The Semiconductor CHIPS Act, And Why Does The U.S. Need It?

The bipartisan Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act, or CHIPS Act, was signed into law this week, setting aside $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor research and production.

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Americans Still Plan To Travel This Summer, “No Matter What”

As of last month, the U.S. jobs market fully recouped the number of jobs that were lost due to the pandemic, in less than half the time it took following the previous downturn.

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What Constitutes a Recession? It’s More Complicated Than You Think

So did the U.S. just enter a recession? It depends on who you ask.

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Elon Musk Decried as “Lettuce Hands” After Tesla Dumps 75% of Its Bitcoin Holdings

During Tesla’s quarterly results webcast this week, Musk admitted to dumping some $936 million of Bitcoin to raise cash out of concern of an economic pullback due to pandemic lockdowns in China.

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Global Population To Hit 8 Billion This November. Here’s Where To Invest

This incredible milestone underscores the need to solve a number of ongoing challenges related to population growth, but it also presents what I believe are some very attractive investment opportunities.

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King Dollar is Crushing World Currencies. What Does this Mean for U.S. Exports and Gold?

If you were considering taking the family on a European vacation, now may be a good time, as the U.S. dollar and euro achieved parity this week for the first time in 20 years.

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Gasoline Prices Are Falling, But At What Cost?

Gasoline consumers around the world, from families to businesses, have had to deal with record prices at the pump for months...

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Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

No doubt about it, this has been a very challenging market environment to navigate, and we look to be in for more of the same. The Fed will continue to tighten monetary policy, and the longer the conflict in Ukraine persists, the longer we’ll likely feel the pressure from elevated gas prices.