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The Simple Truth About Annuities …

by Nilus Mattive |

After writing a couple recent articles about various types of insurance plans, I got a very nice e-mail from a reader named Gary asking for my thoughts on annuities.

It’s a pretty big topic so there’s no way I can cover everything today. But I CAN give you a quick take on the subject … and as you’ll see, I view annuities pretty much the same way I see insurance policies.

That makes sense since annuities are essentially the reverse of a life insurance policy — a wager that you’ll continue living!

By handing over …

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Should You Buy This Energy Bounce?

by Nilus Mattive |

Two weeks ago, Dan Hassey gave you his thoughts on oil and gas ETFs. In this follow-up article, he discusses whether now is a good time to jump into new energy investments. — Best wishes, The Easy Street Investing Team

Although oil, natural gas and other commodities have been trending higher alongside the broader market these past few days, it isn’t time to buy yet.

And judging by one of my favorite metrics, the energy markets just don’t look ready to sustain an upward move.

The short answer why is simple: We need to find …

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Your insurance questions answered …

by Nilus Mattive |

Last week I wrote a few articles about various types of insurance — including Medigap policies and auto policies. And while I’m hardly a definitive authority on the subject, I would like to try and answer some of the follow-up questions that you might have on some of the things I said.

Let’s start with a really popular one …

“Isn’t it simply better to forgo a policy whenever you can afford to self insure?”

I think it’s safe to say that most of us generally hate paying insurance premiums or dealing with …

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A no-brainer move to make right now …

by Nilus Mattive |

I love talking about investments that can make you lots of money. But you know what I love even more? Simple strategies that can SAVE you lots of money with very little effort.

After all, even the safest investments carry risk. Meanwhile, some money-saving strategies can end up putting a lot more cash in your pockets with absolutely ZERO risk!

Take insurance. In Tuesday’s article about Medigap policy pricing discrepancies, I casually mentioned the fact that it’s now very easy to shop around for car insurance.

So let me ask you: When was …

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