Between the lines: Market Commentary from Craig Columbus

Below is this week’s market commentary from Craig Columbus, our chief economist. This week’s selected articles mostly pertain to Europe as that has dominated US trading/markets over the past few weeks.
Where Is the ECB Printing Press?
In my opinion, John Mauldin has done some of the best writing on the European debt crisis because he focuses on the deep, underlying structural issues rather than on the pronouncements of Europe’s leaders. Take, for example, the fact that few have reported that the “voluntary” haircut on Greek bonds only applies to private reditors: “Greece has been told that they can write off 50 percent of their debt held by private entities, but not that owed to the IMF, ECB, or other public entities. This means something more like a 20-30 percent haircut on total debt. Sean Egan suggests that eventually Greece will write off closer to 90 percent.”

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Retirement 2.0

The latest trend in retirement is, well, not retiring at all. Retirement itself is no longer the goal. The goal seems to be adapting to a lower key phase of life and making sure each individual or family is prepared to deal with the personal and financial issues which apply to them. Despite the dozens of articles I’ve read which aim to teach advisors about what the ‘new retirement’ looks like, the more telling sign for me is listening to what my clients are saying. Frankly, they don’t even like saying the word retirement because it makes them feel old, unable, disconnected, etc.

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