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Surviving A Market Selloff: A Mental Game

When you were growing up you probably played with a toy called the Magic 8-Ball. An oversized plastic billiard ball with a window at the bottom, it was a triumph … Read more

Posted on October 29, 2014 by
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Why Own An Index Fund?

A fundamental obstacle for many retirement investors is understanding the difference between an investment and an asset class, and how owning an index fund relates. Why own an index fund? Because it … Read more

Posted on October 27, 2014 by
indexing

Indexing Is Powerful Investing, Here’s Why

One of the misconceptions people have about index investing is that the return of the stock market indexes is “average” and no better. Why would I want the market return, … Read more

Posted on October 20, 2014 by
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Fearful Markets Make A Good Retirement

As the stock market bounces around in October, it’s common for retirement investors to suddenly focus  more intently on their portfolios. After all, a small percentage decline is big dollars … Read more

Posted on October 13, 2014 by
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Why Indexing Is Replacing Mutual Funds

In the early days of retail investing, buying stocks was hard. It took specialized knowledge. You had to know a licensed broker who worked at an exchange. Ordinary people just … Read more

Posted on October 10, 2014 by
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The Hidden Virtues Of Ignoring The Market

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. We are brought up to believe that succeeding at anything means paying a lot of attention. And that makes a lot of sense … Read more

Posted on October 6, 2014 by
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5 Steps To Powerful Passive Investing

The first thing that comes to mind when people hear the phrase “passive investing” is probably real estate. Yet anyone who has ever owned a rental home or apartment knows … Read more

Posted on September 29, 2014 by
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Like Buffett, Pick Investments That Last Forever

Warren Buffett is famous for saying that his favorite holding period for stocks is “forever.” Like many of his quips, it’s good for a laugh but also contains a kernel … Read more

Posted on September 11, 2014 by
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Want Better Returns? Stop Trying So Hard

There’s a certain zen quality to investing that far too many people miss. That point was brought home recently in an exchange between two money observers on a Bloomberg Radio program. … Read more

Posted on September 10, 2014 by
investing

5 Things You Can Control In Investing

A lot about retirement investing can be depressing. Stocks rise, and we worry about when they will fall. Stocks fall, and we worry about when they might rise. It can … Read more

Posted on September 1, 2014 by