Category: Investment

The Wrong Kind Of Expert

It’s January and my email inbox is once again flooded with capital market predictions for 2020. Looking back at the “expert” predictions for 2019 made last January, the majority as usual turned out to be wrong. Rather than sharing those predictions that were most egregious (which would be more fun than educational), I thought this…
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Is The Threat Of War A Good Time To Sell Stocks?

As a result of last week’s assassination of an Iranian general by the U.S. military, investors are understandably worried about the impact that a potential war with Iran could have on the stock market. One might assume that the uncertainty associated with war and its potential negative outcomes could have a devastating effect on stock…
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Are Boomers Taking On Too Much Investment Risk?

That’s what Fidelity Investments is implying in their recently-released Q3 2019 Retirement Analysis. They reported that almost 40% of 401(k) plans owned by workers born between 1946 and 1964 maintain an allocation to stocks that is higher than Fidelity’s recommended allocation for investors in those age groups. And almost one in twelve have all their…
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What’s In Your ETF?

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relaxed the requirement for Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) providers to disclose on a daily basis the underlying holdings in their funds. This change was requested primarily by fund companies T. Rowe Price, Natixis, Fidelity, and Blue Tractor, who would like to develop ETFs that follow what are…
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Will No-Cost Trading Improve Your Investment Returns?

Earlier this week Charles Schwab & Co. announced that they would eliminate online transaction fees for ETFs, stocks, and options. Two days later TD Ameritrade followed suit, causing brokerage stocks to suffer their worst weekly drop in well over a decade as investors digested the earnings losses brokerage firms are likely to experience. Is this…
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Is This A Good Time To Invest In Bonds?

You’ve probably heard through the financial media that bonds are on a tear this year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury bond, one of the safest investments on the planet, has gained over 10% so far. That is its best performance in over a decade. Is this the right time to start selling those risky stocks and…
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