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Investing Basics: Diversification For Dummies

Surely you remember the “Dummies” series of self-help books. They had bright yellow-and-black covers and offered to explain complex ideas in simple terms. “A reference for the rest of us!” … Read more

Posted on June 3, 2016 by
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Why Investment Failures Are So Important

A Princeton professor has made waves online by publishing his own resume of failures — grants he did not get, schools that turned him down. He’s not the first academic … Read more

Posted on April 29, 2016 by
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Investing Basics: What Is Inflation?

Inflation, a good thing or a bad thing? The answer, strangely enough, is “both” and how you react to inflation can deeply affect your retirement investment planning. First of all, … Read more

Posted on March 31, 2016 by
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Should You Worry About Higher Interest Rates?

Everyone seems to know that interest rates will move higher at some point. But nobody seems to know when. The first argument — that interest rates will go up — is … Read more

Posted on March 18, 2016 by
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Did Jim Cramer Really Goof Up? Or Not?

A story popular on the Internet this week tries to make the case that the CNBC host Jim Cramer gave out terrible advice when he picked 49 stocks about six … Read more

Posted on October 22, 2015 by
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Investing Basics: What Is Diversification?

You know the old proverb: “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” Nobody ever asks about the efficiency of multiple baskets for egg carrying, but there’s a reason … Read more

Posted on October 9, 2015 by
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Why Should I Invest In A Portfolio?

You hear a lot of obscure terms in the investing business, too many of them math-related for sure. But one key idea that far too many gloss over is “portfolio.” It … Read more

Posted on June 25, 2015 by
what is a portfolio

Investing Basics: What Is A Portfolio?

Investing for the long term means you should own a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other types of investments. But why, and what is a portfolio, really? First, let’s consider … Read more

Posted on May 8, 2015 by
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Investing Basics: What Is Asset Allocation?

Investment advisors often talk to their clients about “asset allocation” without much explanation. Too bad, because it’s worth your while as a retirement investor to understand what asset allocation is … Read more

Posted on March 19, 2015 by
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Index Funds Work Better Together

“Buy an index fund, and then go to sleep for 50 years.” Sound advice in many ways. But is it the best plan to buy just a U.S. broad stock … Read more

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