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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 | 11 comments

John, a loyal reader wants to know how to choose mutual funds. 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 and has $65,000 in an individual acct and $50,000 in both Roth and rollover IRA. There are so many funds to choose from and I feel overwhelmed. Any suggestions would be helpful.” Too Much Fund...

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Are Bonds a Good Investment Now?

Are Bonds a Good Investment Now?

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

A reader wrote in and asked, “Why should I invest in bonds? After all, the yields are low and don’t bond values drop as interest rates rise?” I started investing in bonds in my mid 20’s and have enjoyed their dividends for years. When interest rates were high, I even received double digit bond interest (coupon) payments – can you believe that today? Understand the importance of bond investing. Learn why bonds remain a good investment today. Investing in Bonds for Beginners “Are bonds a good investment now?” is a great question. After all, bonds, typically offer lower returns...

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Investing in China – Ideas to Tap the Exploding Chinese Economy

Investing in China – Ideas to Tap the Exploding Chinese Economy

By in Advanced Investing, Guest Post, Investing, Mutual Funds, Stocks | 6 comments

Is Investing in China a Good Idea? By, Soumyadipta Basu You might think that with all of the tariff talk, investing in China is off the table. Not so, China is still a rapidly growing economy with more room for upward expansion.  Today China boasts 1.4 billion people. That’s equivalent to 18.5% of the world’s 7.6 billion people. From an agrarian predominantly population, in 2016 55% of the Chinese people lived in cities.  Read; International Stock Investing China’s urbanization is what has led to the country’s impressive economic growth over the past few decades. And China continues to urbanize.  It’s...

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Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Reader Question, Stocks | 13 comments

Are Passive Investments for You? “What is your take on passive investing? If passive investing, what percentage of your portfolio would you allocate for “speculative investments”, like single tech stocks and such?” ~ Jake at I Heart Budgets asks this two part investing question. Passive Investing and Speculative Investments You don’t usually see these two topics discussed together. Passive investing is the cornerstone of John Bogle’s index fund investing platform. Backed by empirical research and millions of practitioners, one topic that’s rarely discussed with passive investing is speculation.  Well, here goes….  Passive Investing-My Take Jake asks about my take on...

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Should I Invest In An IPO?

Should I Invest In An IPO?

By in Advanced Investing, Investing, Stocks | 0 comments

Just Because You Can Invest in an IPO, Doesn’t Mean That You Should Sometimes it feels like the best time to invest in stocks is 50 years ago—not an encouraging thought for someone looking to get started investing in 2018! Since it seems like everything good is already too expensive to start investing in, you might wonder if you should invest in an IPO. An IPO, or an Initial Public Offering, is when a company first makes its stocks publicly available for purchase. This typically happens when the company is young and hip and has potential for some serious...

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Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

Best Asset Allocation Based On Age & Risk Tolerance

By in Advanced Investing, Asset Allocation, Investing, Reader Question | 14 comments

How To Figure Out the Best Asset Allocation For You Graham from Moneystepper asks; What metric (rule of thumb) would you recommend for asset allocation based on age and risk appetite? Choosing your best asset allocation is not as simple as it might seem. Let’s attack it from several investment angles and throw in a bit of research as well. What Is Asset Allocation?   The asset allocation decision divides total investable funds by percent into specific investment categories. An asset allocation represents the investor’s choice of broad asset classes and the percentages distributed across the categories. The two most...

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