Investing Strategies

Exchanged-traded funds are a great investment tool with low expense ratios that can be used to build a diversified portfolio quickly. ETFs can also be used to segment part of your portfolio into various niches that interest you.  And the story gets sweeter.  You can even buy ETFs without paying a commission as I wrote about [...]

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If you run your numbers and think you might not have enough retirement income when you stop working, don’t lose your cool. This doesn’t have to mean you’ll be spending your golden years super-sizing fries, cokes and burgers at the Golden Arches. You still have a few options at your disposal. And one of those [...]

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Currently the market is disturbingly turbulent. During times like these, some investors think that a diversified portfolio is their key to investment security.  I agree that it might help in certain circumstances.But in other cases diversification can be a very risky approach. That’s right. Often a diversified portfolio will expose you to much more risk than [...]

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A bear market describes a very unpleasant situation during which stock prices decline over a painfully long period of time.  According to the pundits, a “Secular Bear Market” is measured in years – not days, weeks or months. A “cyclical bear market” is much shorter. While the long term trend of the market is up, [...]

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The market has been brutal over the last 6 weeks – and even more so last week.  Let’s get some perspective on what’s happening right now and some possible explanations of what’s behind it all. Year To Date As difficult as the market has been lately, indexes are still up year-to-date. If you consider what is [...]

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Do you really want your children to live with you until they hit their mid-30s? According to the Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Census Bureau, there is a good chance that could happen. They found that 32% of all people age 18 to 34 live with their parents. Drag. I love my kids as [...]

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