Money Management

Harvard Endowment Returns vs Passive Index Fund Investing – Which Approach is the Best?

Harvard Endowment Returns vs Passive Index Fund Investing – Which Approach is the Best?

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Can the Harvard Endowment Returns Win Over a Lazy Passive Investment Approach? Imagine you had the choice between investing your money with the Harvard endowment fund managers or going with a lazy passive index fund approach? Which would you choose?  Harvard is one of the top universities in the world, home to the most brilliant professors and students. A Harvard degree is basically a ticket to professional success. So you would think that Harvard endowment returns would surpass the returns of the most basic passive index fund investment strategy.  The Harvard Endowment Lost Almost $2 Billion in 2016 In fiscal...

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Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?

By in Automatic Saving, Budget, Money Management, Personal Finance, Sponsored | 0 comments

Get the Answer – At What Age Can I Retire? Are you interested in discovering whether your current lifestyle, savings and spending plans will leave with you enough money today and in retirement? Find out today whether you’ll have enough money to retire. Most of us strive to make better decisions when it comes to money.  “Better” can mean a lot of things. Yet, when it comes down to it, better means acting in a way that balances achieving the long term financial goals you care about the most, against quality of life today, all the while being able to pay...

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Can You Beat the Market? Is Index Fund Investing Overrated?

Can You Beat the Market? Is Index Fund Investing Overrated?

By in Asset Allocation, Investing, Money Management, Mutual Funds | 10 comments

Is It Possible to Beat the Market? After writing close to 700 articles for this website, occasionally, it makes sense to come back and update some of the older articles. In this case, we’ll go back to the index fund question and evaluate whether this passive investing approach can still beat the market. This article was originally written about 2 years ago. The inspiration for this post came from the New York Times article “Beating the Market, as a Reachable Goal”, written by Jeff Somer. In the article, Robert A. Olstein, insulted by the arguments in favor of index funds, claims...

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401k Myths Exposed-Don’t Get Fooled by the Hype When Planning for Retirement

401k Myths Exposed-Don’t Get Fooled by the Hype When Planning for Retirement

By in Money Management, Personal Finance, Retirement | 6 comments

6 Retirement Myths-Believe at Your Own Peril (reprinted with permission from Captain401.com) 401k Myth #1 – The 401k is the Best Place for All of My Retirement Savings Not necessarily. There are many different types of 401k plans and some are better than others. In general, you hope that your workplace 401k plan has low fee mutual funds along with low management expenses. It’s also desirable for your 401k to have a point person, or offer access to professional advice for your questions. If your 401k investment choices are filled with high fee, actively managed mutual funds, company stock,...

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5 Reasons to Choose Index Funds for Your Investment Portfolio

5 Reasons to Choose Index Funds for Your Investment Portfolio

By in Investing, Money Management, Mutual Funds, Stocks | 23 comments

Stock Picking is Time Consuming & Destined for Underperformance I haven’t always been an index fund investor. When I started investing, I was a value stock picker. I wanted to invest in companies stocks  that were selling below than their intrinsic value. I spent hours reviewing company annual reports, Securities and Exchange (SEC) documents and listening to company conference calls. During those years, there were some amazing wins – I bought Oracle priced in the teens and sold it for over $100 per share. There were also some losses. Nokia looked like at a bargain at $30 after falling 50 percent, but...

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8 Financial Moves College Graduates Should Make Now

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Guest Columnist, Andrea Woroch The number of Americans receiving associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees or master’s degrees in 2016 totals over 3.5 million, a collective achievement worth celebrating. However, the dark cloud of student debt looms above the festivities this year, with the average debt amounting to just over $37,000 — a record high — according to recent reports. While the standard payback period for bachelor degree student loans is 10 years, the average person spends about two decades paying off their college debts due to lifestyle changes including marriage, children, home-ownership and more. To avoid becoming part of this...

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