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How to Measure Investment Risk & Protect Against it

How to Measure Investment Risk & Protect Against it

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Bond, Economics, Investing, Stocks | 9 comments

Investing is Risky The Investments class I teach at a local university focuses on investing risk and return. We talk about the risk that you’ll lose money if you invest and your stock and bond funds decline in price. There’s also the risk that your purchasing power will erode from inflation. According to a recent Fortune-CNN article food prices increased...

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Rebalance Your Asset Allocation Guide

Rebalance Your Asset Allocation Guide

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Bond, Investing, Mutual Funds, Personal Finance, Stocks | 13 comments

Earn More by Rebalancing Your Asset Allocation Raise your had if you want an extra one quarter percent return on your portfolio every year? It takes about an hour and you can get this extra return every year. I know, it’s not much, but with interest rates in the basement, every little bit helps. Before you learn how to rebalance your asset allocation,...

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Is a 7% Future Long Term Return Achievable?

Is a 7% Future Long Term Return Achievable?

By in Asset Allocation, Bond, Investing, Reader Question, Stocks | 15 comments

Asset Classes Matter In a previous article, I received the following comment, which inspired me to answer the question, “Is a 7% future long term return achievable?” Little House commented: “I like how you broke down the asset classes percentages of stocks and bonds. Do you really think we can expect an average return of over 7 percent over the...

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How to Choose Mutual Funds? Reader Question

How to Choose Mutual Funds? Reader Question

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Bond, Investing, Mutual Funds, Reader Question, Stocks, Wealth | 10 comments

John, a loyal reader wants the answer to this common question:  How to Choose Mutual Funds “I would like your opinion and advice on how I should allocate my investments and my daughter’s investments among mutual funds. Both our accounts are with Fidelity. I am 56 and plan to retire at 60. I have $400,000 in IRAs (Traditional and Roth). My daughter is 24...

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The Magic of Compounding-Get Rich While You Sleep

The Magic of Compounding-Get Rich While You Sleep

By in Automatic Saving, Investing, Mutual Funds, Saving, Stocks, Wealth | 11 comments

What is the Magic of Compounding? “Everyone has the brainpower to follow the stock market. If you made it through fifth-grade math, you can do it.” Peter Lynch    One of the greatest investors of our time attests to the simplicity of investing in the stock market. Read this post and find out why. Following is the “Cliff Notes” version of why you need to put...

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