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How New Online Tools Will Save One Woman Tens of Thousands of Dollars Per Year

Last week, I wrote about my three favorite online investment services. This week, I’ll show you an example of how a couple of those tools saved a friend’s mother tens of thousands of dollars. When I spoke to my friend, his mother had just retired with a $1 million portfolio and he wanted to know how she should invest it for retirement. Since we can’t provide specific investment advice at Financial Finesse, this was a rare opportunity for me to be more hands-on. Here’s what we did: Read more

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3 Tools That Can Make Your Investing Simpler and Cheaper

Last week, we discussed the three keys to successful investing being properly diversified, minimizing costs, and re-balancing periodically. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the emergence of online automated investment services (often called “robo-advisors”) that aim to make these steps even easier. After reviewing the various options, there are three in particular that I really like. Here’s a comparison of how each of them can help you with the three steps and what type of person they might each be best suited for: Read more

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3 Investment Myths Busted

Think you know everything you need to know about investing? I recently read three articles that dispel some conventional wisdom when it comes to your investments. Here are the busted myths along with the implications of what they could mean for you: Read more

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Three Ways to Skin the Asset Allocation Cat

Over the past several weeks, you’ve heard me talk a lot about investing and for good reason. Investing is one of the most important parts of any financial goal or wealth accumulation strategy. The problem, like with most things, is that there is no one perfect way to do it. You probably know the basics—diversify, re-balance, dollar-cost average—but did you realize that there are at least three forms of asset allocation? Knowing what they are, how they are different, and which one may be right for you could make you a better investor over time. Read more

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How to Invest: A Tale of Two Investment Theories

My first exposure to investment theories was during an economics class I took in college. I was always sort of a geek when it came to graphs and numbers—which I guess explains my degree in statistics—so I was captivated when the professor drew an example of the efficient frontier on the chalk board. It made perfect sense to me.  Read more

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Can You Beat the Market…With Index Funds?

Last week, I wrote about different types of index funds and how some “index funds” aren’t as diversified or as low cost as they may seem. However, there’s also a case for certain types of diversified index funds that are designed to outperform traditional index funds. They come in two flavors: equal weight and fundamental index funds. Read more

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Stock Investing Made Easy

Last week, I wrote about some of the benefits of investing directly in individual stocks. However, it can be challenging to decide which stocks to invest in. Here are some tools that can help simplify that process.      Read more

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Time to Dump Your Mutual Funds?

No, I’m not talking about “sell in May and go away.” If you invest in stocks, you probably do so through mutual funds. After all, they’re available in your employer’s retirement plan and you get a degree of instant diversification even if you don’t have much to invest. But here are some reasons you might want to consider investing directly in individual stocks: Read more

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Yes, Bonds Are a Lousy Investment Right Now

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Michael Smith, wrote a blog post defending bonds called “What’s All the Fuss About Bonds Being a Lousy Investment?” With all due respect, I do think bonds are a lousy investment right now. Let’s take a look at each of Michael’s points as to why you shouldn’t avoid them:  Read more

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Could Asset Location Make Your Investments More Tax Efficient?

What happens when you get a group together that consists of financial planners, CPAs, estate planning attorneys and investment managers? Usually when that happens for me, it means that a bunch of my friends are getting together to go watch one of our friend’s bands play or we’re playing poker. And, it also means that the topic is eventually going to become a financial one and inevitably there will be people on opposite sides of an issue so debate is a certainty.  The great thing about the debate is no matter what side you’re on, you learn something you didn’t know before the debate. One of our recent debates was about asset location.  Read more

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