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


New Trends in the Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) Marketplace

ETFs

-+*Many investors are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETF) by now. ETFs provide broad market exposure through index-tracking investments, and they trade on exchanges like stocks do. They tend to be less expensive to own than mutual funds and have a tax efficient structure. For these reasons, total assets managed by ETFs reached 2 trillion dollars… Read More


How to Determine Whether a Traditional or Roth IRA Works for You

Roth and Traditional IRAs

-+*When it comes to investing, one size does not fit all. This is especially the case when it comes to deciding whether to go with a traditional or Roth IRA. Depending on your situation, either one could provide certain tax advantages to your financial plan. But you need to know the key differences. The Basics… Read More


What to Consider When Creating a Diversified Investment Portfolio

diversified portfolio

-+*Building an investment portfolio is a very personal process. Before jumping into a variety of different asset classes and market sectors, you need to first determine your overall goals and your tolerance for risk. Are you saving to buy a house in three years, or for retirement that may be twenty years down the road?… Read More


A Primer on Portfolio Rebalancing

A Primer on Rebalancing

-+*If you’re a successful long-term investor, you take great care in aligning your investments to an asset allocation that’s appropriate for your goals. Shouldn’t you care just as much about keeping that asset allocation on target? The “buy and hold” approach to investing appeals to many, and for some good reasons. But the fact is,… Read More


Folio Investing, Motif, and Tailored Portfolios

Geoff Considine

-+*Chris DeMuth, a money manager and well-followed contributor at Seeking Alpha, recently published an overview of Motif Investing. Motif is a young firm that has gotten a lot of media coverage for enabling investors to build, track, invest in, and manage portfolios of individual stocks. Much of the functionality that Motif provides to individual investors… Read More


The Decline of Pensions Leads to Greater Reliance on IRAs and 401(k)s

Pension Plan

-+*Over the last several decades, there’s been a gradual decline of pension plan availability in the United States. There was a time when people worked longer and collected less in overall pension benefits due to shorter life expectancies. Pension benefits paid over 5 or 10 years to a loyal employee who put in 30 years of service didn’t… Read More


How a Personal Financial Statement Can Guide Your Investment Goals

Personal Financial Statement

-+*As investors, we plan for goals such as retirement, funding college for our children, and perhaps even supporting our parents as they get older. In the financial planning process, there are worksheets we can create and update, which may help us map out the best path towards financial goals and track the progress we’re making… Read More


Is the Fed Really “Stealing from Savers”?

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Geoff Considine

-+*In a recent article on MarketWatch, Chris Martenson asserts that the Fed’s low interest rate policy and quantitative easing in recent years is deliberately stealing from savers. This article has elicited a big response, with almost 800 comments and almost 2000 likes on Facebook. The key point of the article is that the Fed’s policy… Read More