Investors who are frustrated in these times of low returns may benefit from selective risk taking. That’s according to the Global Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock, Richard Turnill. The chance of an impending interest rate hike is lessening, partly due to the surprising numbers of people joining the workforce from the ranks of the long-term unemployed. The rising cost of health insurance for those who pay full price rankles many. But the idea that they are paying for lower income subsidies is wrong, as Linda Blumberg explains.

Opportunities In A Low-Return Landscape–  We live in a world of low prospective returns, as reflected in BlackRock’s latest five-year return outlook. Richard Turnill suggests that investors consider taking risks where it looks most rewarded.  Read more…

Many Formerly Jobless Return To US Labor Market–  Many people have been outside the labor market so long that they’re no longer counted as unemployed. But data collected by the US government shows that these same people are now seeking jobs and getting hired in numbers never seen before. Read more…

Rising Premiums Rankle People Paying Full Price For Health Insurance–  In Georgia, consumers who don’t get insurance through their employers or don’t qualify for tax credits to help pay for policies are facing double-digit premium increases. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the only insurer offering plans throughout the state, received an increase of more than 21 percent from the state insurance commissioner. Humana was awarded a 67.5 percent hike. Read more…

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