How REITs Can Benefit a Diversified Portfolio

REITs could benefit your investment portfolio if the return and risk profile matches your investment goals.

If you own a house, and your home equity represents a hefty portion of your total assets, you may not want or need any more investments in real estate. But if you’re trying flesh out your portfolio with some real estate exposure—without the hassle of becoming a landlord—one way to achieve it is through real… Read More

Investing in Stocks During Retirement

Should you consider stock investing during retirement?

If you’re like most people, investing in stocks during your working years offers one of your best opportunities for growing a nest egg large enough for a comfortable retirement. And when retirement is still years away, any volatility that comes from stock ownership can be waited out by patiently holding a diversified portfolio. For most… Read More

Factoring Sequence Risk into Retirement Planning

Be sure to factor sequence risk into retirement planning.

When building your retirement portfolio, investing in a routine, systematic way can ensure that you purchase assets at random prices over time. So long as the market moves higher in the long run, any temporary declines, or even major corrections, will provide you with the chance to buy assets on sale. The same cannot be… Read More

Smart-Beta ETFs: Offering Headway or Hype?

Are Smart-Beta ETFs here to stay in investor's investment portfolios? Time will tell with these ETFs.

We have written in the past about new trends in the ETF marketplace and one of those trends is the emerging popularity of “smart-beta ETFs.” Smart-beta ETFs weight holdings by factors other than market cap—factors such as dividends or earnings—in an attempt to produce superior long-term results. According to the July, 2015 issue of ETF… Read More

Analyzing ETF and Mutual Fund Options for Your Investment Portfolio

Analyzing mutual funds and ETFs for your investment portfolio.

Sorting through your list of 401(k) options or looking at ads for mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs), you may feel overwhelmed by all the choices. But knowing how to approach basic fund analysis can make the universe of fund options a little less daunting to navigate. Let’s say you hear about a broad market… Read More

Are Equal-Weight ETFs Here to Stay?

Are Equal-Weight ETFs here to stay?

Given the growing number and popularity of ETFs—and given their reputation as a low-cost tool for diversification—it’s important to understand how these investments track the indexes they represent. You may have an ETF that invests in the S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100, or the Russell 2000. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sufficiently diversified in… Read More

Growth vs. Value: A Tale of Two Investment Strategies

Growth vs. Value Investing: Which of the investment strategies leads to long-term success?

Building an investment portfolio for the long term means finding a strategy that will work in both the best of times and the worst of times. And with so many investment styles to choose from, it pays to understand the basics. One of the most fundamental characteristics of a stock is whether it favors growth… Read More

Better Choices for Investors Help Put the Squeeze on Mutual Fund Fees

Mutual fund fees appear to be on the decline in recent years

With all the talk about how fees can negatively impact investment returns, particularly over the long run, it’s nice to see the new research showing that mutual fund fees have started to come down. According to a recent article in Morningstar magazine (March, 2015), the average investor in open-ended mutual funds paid 0.71% in expenses… Read More

ETF Expense Ratios: Their Impact on Long-Term Performance

ETF Expense Ratio

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are commonly recognized as a low-cost way to achieve a diversified portfolio. That makes sense: because ETFs are passively managed, they don’t incur the research and analysis expenses borne by actively managed mutual funds. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that not all ETFs cost the same. In fact, some charge… Read More

Income Investors Are Feeling the Squeeze

How Income Investors Can Manage Their Investment Portfolio in Today's Economic Environment

Investors have been finding it increasingly difficult to generate income in their investment portfolios. This is a problem that impacts many people who rely on portfolio income to live on or to supplement the income they receive from other sources, such as social security and pensions. When interest rates are higher, options for investment income are… Read More