Category - Investing

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What is the Future of the Stock Market after the Election?
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Stock Market Paths, Pull Backs, Poor Memory, and what’s Normal?
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The Third Most Important Factor to Investing Success
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Investing Your 401k – a 2-step plan
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Tax-Efficient Benefits of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

What is the Future of the Stock Market after the Election?

The Uncertainty is Behind Us – Is Now the Time to Rally?

All year long I have fielded questions like, “Will the market go down if (fill in either candidate) gets elected? Should I be doing something with my portfolio now?”

Unexpected events or unknown problems typically cause the biggest drops (and sometimes fastest recoveries) in the market. Take 2008 for example; a near collapse of the banking system. While some may have seen the warning signs, I don’t think many knew how bad things had become. Alternately, take the recent Brexit vote in June; the market dropped …

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Stock Market Paths, Pull Backs, Poor Memory, and what’s Normal?

This month’s Blog post comes to us from Stephen Reh, an adviser in Southern California who I’ve known for some time. I think it’s a good one and timely for Halloween.

Have you ever had a moment when you look back on memory such as a vacation and think “that was one of the best trips I can remember”? Then you mention what a great vacation it was to someone who was with you and they remind you that you had food poisoning, lost your luggage, and you called the trip the worst trip of your life. For whatever reason, …

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The Third Most Important Factor to Investing Success

Most Important Factor and the Second Most Important Factor to Investing Success. Continuing this streak I’ll give you the third most important factor to investing success: Leave it alone.

To recap: The most important factor is to continuously save and add to your nest egg over your career; the second factor is allocation – make sure you’re investing in a diversified allocation that will grow over time.

The third most important factor to investing success: Once you’ve started investing, leave it alone. Resist the temptation to sell off the component of your allocation plan that’s lagging; the reason

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Investing Your 401k – a 2-step plan

If you’re like most folks, when you look at a 401k plan’s options you’re completely overwhelmed. Where to start? Of course, the starting point is to sign up to participate – begin sending a bit of your paycheck over to the 401k plan. A good place to start on that is at least enough to get your employer’s matching funds, however much that might be. In this article though, we’re looking at investing your 401k money. It’s not as tough as you think. In fact, it can be done in just two steps – taking no more than 30-45 minutes …

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Tax-Efficient Benefits of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have been around for a while now and come in all different shapes and sizes. While many investors choose them for their diversification, low cost and intra-day trading flexibility, I believe the biggest single advantage of ETF’s may be tax-efficiency.

The largest tax benefits come from well-diversified index-like ETFs. Similar to index mutual funds, many ETFs have low turnover and as a result don’t typically pass capital gains distributions on to shareholders. If you have ever held a mutual fund that was at a loss for the year but then paid a big distribution that you …

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