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Dec 27

The Amazing World of Market Indexes

Stock market indexes are by far the most widely used tools in making investment decisions. But many investors take for granted what market indexes are and the many roles they play within their portfolio strategy and throughout the financial ecosystem. In this article, we’ll take apart the core structure of an index and explain why […]
Nov 28

Learning the difference between a Wealth Advisor, a Portfolio Manager and a Trader

Like any natural habitat, the Wall Street ecosystem is populated with a wide array of forces interacting and competing with one another to ensure the greatest sustained benefit to themselves. This financial food chain includes everybody from the largest institutions down to the smallest retail traders and everybody in between. Things can get confusing, however, […]
Oct 28

Portfolio Management vs. Portfolio Rebalancing

One of the more opaque phrases thrown around in financial services is “portfolio management.” Although it might seem like a simple enough concept, those two words can act as a stand-in for anything from the assets you’ve invested in, to your overall strategy, all the way down to the people, products or algorithms that dictate […]
Jun 14

Should You Invest In Marijuana Stocks?

Marijuana refers to the plant scientifically known as cannabis; more specifically, three recognized species include Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. The cannabis plant is a source of over 400 compounds, including 60 cannabinoids. Of the 60 cannabinoids, two in particular, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or dronabinol, and cannabidiol, are the most widely tested for medicinal […]
Dec 28

Choosing your Investment Professional

One central factor to consider for choosing an investment professional is to know what type of compensation they receive: fee based or commission based. Those two types of compensation are today at the very center of a long heated debate in the financial industry regarding transparency, disclosures and professional duties. This is the debate between […]
Oct 26

What is a Portfolio and do I need one?

A portfolio is a combination of different investment assets mixed and matched for the purpose of achieving risk diversification for an investor’s financial goals. Items that are considered a part of your portfolio can include any asset you own – from real items such as art and real estate, to equities, fixed-income instruments and their […]
Aug 29

Trading Futures? Know These Terms Before You Start

Part of your preparation in trading futures should involve learning able to speak and understand the language of the market. Arbitrage Some investors benefit from price discrepancies among different commodity futures markets. These investors analyze the prices of similar commodities in different markets and buy from the lower priced market. They then sell the same […]
May 20

What is a Bond?

Though bonds as an investment class don’t generate the highest returns, they have their own appeal. They offer portfolio diversification, generate steady returns even in the face of a highly volatile investment environment, provide tax advantages and more. If you don’t know what bonds are and want to learn how to start investing in them, […]
Jan 27

My first investment: Savings and CDs

It’s a financial jungle out there, where to start for a first investment? Putting money into a savings account should be your first step to investing. Building up your savings from your monthly paycheck (say 15%) should be considered as your first investment since your savings account will generate annual interests income (between 0.5% and […]
Nov 30

Know Yourself

We are all are trying to make money, but we all come from different backgrounds and have different financial needs. Some financial assets are only suitable for certain types of individuals, defined by their lifestyle and risk personality. We really need to understand our financial limits along with our financial objectives, that will tell us […]