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Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

World
July 9 (UPI) -- Mike Pompeo made his first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state Monday, offering optimism about the Trump administration's approach to the 17-year war. Pompeo arrived unannounced to meet with President Ashraf Ghani over potential peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. After assessing the United States' role in the conflict there, Pompeo said he believes President Donald Trump's strategy -- a conditions-based approach over a timeline-based one -- has paid off. "The strategy sent a clear message to the Taliban, they cannot wait us out," Pompeo said. "Many of the Taliban now see that they can't win on the ground militarily, that has everything to do with President Trump's strategy." A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstru...
This wedding savings strategy is easier said than done

This wedding savings strategy is easier said than done

Finance
Cutting your wedding costs by avoiding "wedding season" may be easier said than done.In a recent Student Loan Hero survey, 8 in 10 couples planning to get married in the next year said they would be willing to choose a "less-preferable wedding date" if it would save money. That includes looking at weekdays and off-season months.No wonder: New data from planning site WeddingWire finds that the average wedding, including the engagement ring and honeymoon, cost $ 36,000 in 2017. The ceremony and reception alone were $ 27,000.Although both figures are $ 1,000 less than in 2016, they still represent a chunk of money.Yet there are still signs couples are overspending. WeddingWire also found that couples underestimated their budget by 42 percent, while Student Loan Hero notes that 74 percent plan...
Validea Peter Lynch Strategy Daily Upgrade Report – 2/28/2018

Validea Peter Lynch Strategy Daily Upgrade Report – 2/28/2018

Finance
Shutterstock photoThe following are today's upgrades for Validea's P/E/Growth Investor model based on the published strategy of Peter Lynch . This strategy looks for stocks trading at a reasonable price relative to earnings growth that also possess strong balance sheets.BLACK HILLS CORP ( BKH ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Electric Utilities industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch changed from 0% to 93% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.Company Description: Black Hills Corporation is a holding company. The Company is an integrated energy company, which is focused primar...
Should I follow Warren Buffett's 90/10 investing strategy?

Should I follow Warren Buffett's 90/10 investing strategy?

Finance
I'm in my early 50s, have more than $ 1 million in retirement savings and plan to retire around age 60. I've heard about Warren Buffett's strategy of keeping 90% of one's assets in stocks and 10% in bonds and like the idea of investing my savings that way to earn higher returns. I know my accounts would take a hit if stock prices fall, but I believe I could survive a market downturn. Do you think this is a good strategy for retirees and near retirees?—C.P. Anyone who's followed the strategy of putting 90% of their money in stocks and 10% in bonds that Warren Buffett mentioned in his 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders — would have done very well in recent years. After all, since that missive was released in March 2014, stocks have returned nearly 60%, while the broad taxable bo