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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 …

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Should You Put money into REITs?

One of the least appreciated economic developments of the past decade of recovery from the 2008 financial collapse is the dramatic upswing in value of both commercial and residential real estate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly home sales report, the average home price at the apex of the mid-2000s real estate bubble was …

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Engaging in speculative and short term investments

The stock market’s daily all-time-highs can spell intimidation if you’re a new investor. On one hand, you want to participate. On the other, there’s always a fear of “buying the top.” With the abundance of information available on the web, coupled with Bitcoin and other spectacular cryptocurrency rallies, it’s no wonder many new investors feel …

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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 …

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Boost Your Savings: Create the Right Asset Allocation

Asset allocation is a methodology that involves building an investment portfolio around asset classes — including stocks, bonds, cash, real estate, and other investments. Nothing affects your long-term returns more than a good asset allocation plan. Rule #1 – Diversify Your Portfolio We all get the basic principles of “don’t put your eggs in one …

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Investing Mistakes You Should Avoid

If we want to invest money successfully, each strategic step to investing requires our undivided attention or else this could lead to serious investment mistakes, which usually translate into loss of money. The good news is that we can avoid 99% of investment mistakes by identifying the right financial assets to buy and knowing how …

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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 …

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Should you invest in Commodities?

If you’re already an investor, commodity trading can serve to diversify your portfolio. Commodities can be anything from oil to gold or silver to coffee, sugar and wheat. Unlike certain investments, commodities can hold and gain value over time. They can also be less risky. You’re not buying an intangible asset, but something tangible that …

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How old should I be to start investing in stocks?

Investing in stocks is risk-fraught and it is not for the faint-hearted. Those of you imagining the lure of disproportionate profits who wish to introduce a young child to investing or take the plunge yourself might also have to brace for losing out big time if your bets go haywire. What is investing? Investopedia defines …

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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, …

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How to Invest in Stocks

Why People Invest in Stocks Investing in stocks can be a good way to build wealth. Due to the magic of compound interest, a small initial investment can eventually grow to a treasure trove, if properly managed. For example, the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett started investing in equities around six decades ago and …

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Learn the difference between a mutual fund and a brokerage account

What a brokerage account is A brokerage account is an investment account opened with a broker or a firm that charges a commission or fee for buying and selling orders for an investor. Opening an Account To open a brokerage account, fill out an application either at a brick and mortar brokerage location or, if …

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Simple Words of Wisdom to be Successful in Investing

The first thing to know about money investing is that it is much simpler to achieve than you think, as long as it is done with discipline using the right methodologies. There are a lot of people out there that make it sound like it is all a very complicated process, but don’t be fooled …

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