Mutual Funds

Robo Advisor Pros and Cons – The Definitive Answer

Robo Advisor Pros and Cons – The Definitive Answer

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Robo-advisors have been making headlines lately as a great substitute for traditional personal financial advisors. But is robo investment advice worth the hype? As with any decision regarding your money, it is essential to consider the pros and cons of robo advice before investing with a digital advisor. In particular, you should consider how robo investment advice stacks up against a financial advisor and which works better for your lifestyle. What is Robo Investment Advice? Robo advisors vary, depending on which platform you choose. Some robo-advisors are exactly what they sound like: based primarily on algorithms, these automated advisors...

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Where to Get a High Yield on My Investments in 2016?

Where to Get a High Yield on My Investments in 2016?

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Can I Get a High Yield on My Cash? A reader recently wrote in; “I am 55 years old and looking for a high yield on my investments and to build income in my portfolio. What are the best ETF’s or Mutual funds to do that.” ~DK, Ohio Who isn’t looking for a high yield on investments today? This reader question is quite common. Savers, investors and retirees are frustrated with the low interest rates on their savings, CDs and money market accounts. For those younger readers, you may not realize that the rock bottom yields today are historic....

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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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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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5 Signs it May Be Time to Sell Your Mutual Fund

5 Signs it May Be Time to Sell Your Mutual Fund

By in Investing, Money Management, Mutual Funds | 2 comments

Should I Sell My Mutual Fund? By Guest Contributor, Arielle O’Shea The first quarter of 2016 saw one of the greatest stock market recoveries in modern history — it was the first time in over 80 years that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped by more than 10% over three months and yet still managed to finish ahead of its start. Does this market volatility mean you need to sell your mutual fund?  In retrospect, the seesaw quarter underlines the advice experts give to long-term investors: Keep to your plan and stomach the troughs. Smart investing is like...

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2016 Robo-Advisor Mash Up – Links to the Best Posts

2016 Robo-Advisor Mash Up – Links to the Best Posts

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Robo-advisors or technology assisted investing platforms are all the rage. What’s not to love-low fees, research-supported investment approaches and regular rebalancing. Not only are there stand-alone robo-advisors such as Wealthfront, Betterment, and Personal Capital but we’ve got the big brokers starting their own versions. These well known firms have joined the robo-advisory ranks; Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, Vanguard Personal Advisor Services, and then there’s TrakeKing Advisors. TradeKing offers a unique robo with access to a momentum style investing along with the passive approach. I’ve been writing a lot about this new platform for Investopedia and think the opportunities for investors...

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