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You Need to Know Now-How the Election Will Impact Investments

You Need to Know Now-How the Election Will Impact Investments

By in Investing, Personal Finance, Stocks | 2 comments

How the Election Will Impact Investments Update! The Results are In & Donald J. Trump is the New President Last night at a cocktail party someone asked me if Clinton or Trump would be better for the stock market. Now, the average investor doesn’t change their investment mix depending upon the news. In fact, I’ve encouraged readers for years to take a passive index fund approach to investing.  Yet, it’s not unusual to wonder if there might be a last minute tweak that would safeguard your investments against an unknown future. Bonus Read-MBA Course: Investing & Portfolio Management Passive Investing>>> ...

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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 Fundamental Strategies for Investing in Small Businesses

5 Fundamental Strategies for Investing in Small Businesses

By in Advanced Investing, Guest Post, Investing, Stocks | 2 comments

How to Begin Investing in Small Businesses-Stocks or Actual Businesses Guest contributor, Barney Whistance The most basic question for any small business investor is where to focus their time, money, and energy. With nearly 27.9 million small businesses in the US alone, and with few research services available, it can be challenging to find the gems in the rough – the businesses worth investing in. In the small business investment market there are going to be great opportunities for above-market returns, but not all companies are worth focusing on. A good place to start are these strategies for investing...

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Should You Invest In An IPO?

Should You Invest In An IPO?

By in Advanced Investing, Investing, Stocks | 9 comments

Should I Invest in an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and Strike it Rich? Not unless you’re willing to lose a lot of money. Are you upset you missed the Facebook IPO a few years back? Do you feel like a loser because you didn’t get in on Alibaba? For those of you part of the maker movement, you’re probably familiar with Etsy. On it’s first day of trading in 2015, this craft portal for small makers rose 88% to a value of over $3 billion. Not a bad return for one day! But wait, it’s currently recognized as one...

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My Investments S*ck-What Should I Do?

My Investments S*ck-What Should I Do?

By in Economics, Investing, Money Management, Stocks | 4 comments

2016 Investment Markets Don’t Look Good “The blue chips fell 276.09 points, or 1.6%, to 17148.94. The decline marked the worst first day of trading since 2008, and follows the first yearly fall for the Dow since 2008.” WSJ.com Okay, it’s 2 business days into 2016 and so far, the markets don’t look great. You’re thinking, “my investments s*ck”. On January 4th, the DOW dropped 1.6%, the S&P fell 1.5%, and the NASDAQ went down 2.1%. The next day, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 the markets calmed down a bit with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up approximately 0.1%, the S&P...

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Is a 10% Return Good or Bad? How Are Your Investments Performing?

Is a 10% Return Good or Bad? How Are Your Investments Performing?

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Bond, Mutual Funds, Stocks | 0 comments

Are Your Investment Returns Good or Bad? Do you know how well your investments are performing? Do you know the quarterly and annual rate of return? What about how well your investments are performing when compared with a standard benchmark? Ever since a friend asked me to look over her investments and tell her if she’s doing well I’ve wanted to help investors answer this question; “What are my investment returns?” Most individuals don’t know if their investment returns are good or bad. Even investors with financial advisors don’t know how to evaluate their rates of returns. Many financial...

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