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Investor Facts: What Is Mark to Market?

Mark to market is an accounting standard that requires a company to state the value of its assets in immediate, daily terms. Most investors are used to thinking about their … Read more

Posted on November 26, 2018 by
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What Happens If We Enter a Bear Market in Stocks?

After years of steady climbing, the U.S. stock market seems to have hit a temporary peak. Stocks on the major indices have fallen by hundreds of points and recently erased … Read more

Posted on November 19, 2018 by
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Investor Facts: What Is Interest Rate Risk?

Interest rate risk is an idea that many investors find mystifying. Bonds pay an interest rate, or yield. It’s often fairly low but the money is typically considered safer than … Read more

Posted on November 8, 2018 by
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Stock Market Volatility: What Matters Behind the Wheel

After many years of a steady upward climb stock investors in October finally got a taste of stock market volatility — rapid moves up and down in valuation. Some took it … Read more

Posted on October 26, 2018 by
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Investor Facts: What Is Leverage?

Leverage is an investing term that describes the strategy of borrowing money to make an investment. Typically, this is done through a stock brokerage using what’s known as a margin … Read more

Posted on October 24, 2018 by

Interest Rates Are Going Up. What Should Investors Do?

It has been hard over the past few months to avoid news about the Federal Reserve and interest rates going up. Rates have not gone up by much at a … Read more

Posted on October 19, 2018 by
alpha

Investor Facts: What Is Alpha?

Alpha is a finance term which means how much an investment returns in excess of the market as a whole. There are many ways to think about the market as … Read more

Posted on October 12, 2018 by
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Warren Buffett’s Mentor Explains Why Stocks Go Up — And Down

You might be forgiven for worrying about why stocks go up, or down, in the past few months. After all, we’re well into the longest bull market in history, an … Read more

Posted on October 5, 2018 by
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Investor Facts: What Is An After-Tax Contribution?

An after-tax contribution is exactly what it sounds like: Money put into a retirement plan after the contributor has paid income taxes on that money. Most people make contributions that … Read more

Posted on October 1, 2018 by
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Can Ordinary People Invest Like Warren Buffett? Yes, They Can

Can you invest like Warren Buffett, the iconic billionaire investor? Buffett has one simple rule for making money with investments. “Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when … Read more

Posted on September 21, 2018 by