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6 Investing Fads That Seemed Like a Good Idea…At the Time

Got a great tip on the next big thing? Before you jump in, take a moment to reflect on some of the investing fads we’ve seen before—and where they are now. Investing fads usually spring from some...

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Don’t React To Every Bit of Stock Market News

When you’re learning to play football, one of the first things any coach will teach you is to watch the other player’s waist. The reason for that is that it’s easy to get faked out by watching the...

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The Power of Long-Term Investing: How Long Time Horizons and Low Costs Can Create a Winning Strategy

U.S. stock markets can be a frenzy of activity. There is no shortage of people on TV with a lot to say about where the market is headed and why. However, very few of them have the ability to...

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Oil, Markets, Volatility

Sharply lower oil prices have occasioned a huge discussion about their impact. We see it play out daily in newspapers, on TV and radio, at websites, on blogs, and in market letters. The range of...

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6 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Invest Like a Professional Trader

As everyone with a computer knows, the web is shoulder-deep in brokerages, services, and publications that promise to help you invest just like the pros. That’s no surprise. It’s a logical step in...

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Are My Investment Decisions Tax Efficient?

This is the eighth installment in our series on how individual investors can assess their financial health

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How Much am I Paying in Investment Expenses?

This is the seventh installment in our series on how individual investors can assess their financial health.

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Understanding How Fund Performance Comparisons Overstate Returns

Every investor has, I hope, read the standard disclaimer on mutual fund and ETF performance documents that ‘past performance does not predict future performance,’ or other text to that effect....

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Is Twitter the Canary in the Coal Mine?

Investors are shrugging off the suggestion that stocks are over-valued or that the technology innovators are a one-way path to riches if the year-to-date performance of Tesla Motors (TSLA) and...

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Economic Inequality

Income inequality is increasingly acknowledged as a key economic issue for the world.  The topic is a major theme at Davos this year.  Economic inequality is also an increasingly common topic in...

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