3 Famous Investors Who Followed Simple Rules—and Got Rich

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If you open a newspaper and read about people who’ve made millions investing in hedge funds or private equity investments, you might think it takes a complicated investment strategy to make money in the market. But that’s not always the case. In fact, there are several famous investors who became very rich by following some… 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


Making Sense of Economic Data

Making sense of economic data provided by the government, markets, and media.

The Non-Farm Payroll Report. Crude inventories. The Federal Open Market Committee Minutes. If you aren’t an economist or passionately devoted to the financial media, you might have no clue what those are. But the reality is, if you’re an investor in the global marketplace and you own stocks and bonds, your money is likely reacting… 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


Long-Term Investing: Avoiding the Urge to Trade

Diversification and Long-Term Investing can help you achieve investment success

It’s easy to talk about ignoring short-term market events and to recommend focusing your attention on the market’s long history of positive returns. It’s another thing entirely to sit through the daily volatility of the market, watching your account values jump around, without succumbing to the temptation to trade your portfolio holdings. The urge to… 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


The Volatility of Volatility: What You Need to Know About the VIX

Volatility and its long-term effect on your investment portfolio

Volatility is often perceived by investors as a negative. No one likes to think about the likelihood that their stock prices will move in the wrong direction. And a high level of volatility can act as an impediment to successful investing, especially when it causes people to make irrational portfolio decisions based on short-term events…. Read More