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I continually stress that people need to save for retirement.

The sooner you start the better. And the easier it is grow wealth through compound returns. But regardless if you are 20, 30, 40, or 50, you need to begin saving now and prudently invest for your later years.

If not, you may just find yourself greeting customers as they enter your local Walmart. 

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Vanguard 2012 Economic Outlook

On 06/08/2012, in Economics, Learning to Invest, by Jordan Wilson

As we move through 2012, uncertainty exists over global economic and financial markets.

Which countries’ economies will prosper? Or maybe the better question is, which countries’ economies will not completely crater in 2012? Which equity markets should investors consider? What should I do about all the market volatility?

There are many concerns out there for investors.

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Future of the Euro

On 01/16/2012, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

The Euro crisis continues to stumble along.

Lots of options to resolve the current difficulties. Most of them problematic in different ways.

What does the future hold for the Euro? 

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Europe in Crisis

On 01/14/2012, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

Europe is undergoing a financial crisis.

For companies, individuals, and investors, this is a huge issue.

How will it play out? Who will suffer? Any resolution scenario will not be pain free. 

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EU Innovation Conference 2011

On 01/04/2012, in Economics, Entrepreneurship, by Jordan Wilson

Michael O’Leary gave an interesting talk at the 2011 European Union (EU) Innovation Conference in Brussels, Belgium.

Michael O’Leary is Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair, a discount airline based in Ireland.

Neither O’Leary nor Ryanair are overly popular with Eurocrats. The talk given by Mr. O’Leary explains why neither are appreciated with the elite of Europe. As well as why Mr. O’Leary is no fan of Brussels.

Some of the key points made include: 

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(Un) Democracy in Europe

On 11/21/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

Another huge problem facing Europeans (what, they don’t have enough going for them with the Euro, fiscal crisis, high unemployment, etc.?) is the loss of democracy taking place.

I think in the long run that the loss of democracy may have the greatest impact on individuals. And will become a highly contentious issue.

Consider what happened in Greece

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Priorities of Government Bureaucrats

On 11/21/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

If a private business was managed like most countries, it would quickly go bankrupt.

The bureaucrats running government would soon destroy most companies. Their actions always seem to make government less effective and less efficient.

In business, the focus for well run companies is on the key issues. 

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Fiscal Lessons From Europe’s Crisis

On 11/19/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

A lot may be learned by studying the current fiscal crisis in Europe.

What policies caused today’s fiscal and economic situation in Europe?

What behaviour exacerbated the problem?

What can others learn so as to avoid getting into the same difficulties? 

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Europe and the Euro Crisis

On 11/07/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

Europe continues to go through its latest financial crisis.

What has gone on and what will happen in the future?

Well, if we knew for certainty what the outcome will be, we would all be billionaires. Or, at the least, we might be running MF Global instead of Jon Corzine and they would not be in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings today.

But we can go through a summary of what went on and where we are at today in Europe. 

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