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What’s Your Real Risk Tolerance?

With panic sweeping the stock market, it’s time to check your risk tolerance score. (You did take a risk tolerance quiz like this before investing your money, right?) The whole purpose of determining your risk tolerance is to use it as a guideline to create a mix of investments that you can “tolerate”…in other words, that you won’t bail out of during times like these. After all, if you do bail out and fail to get back in the market in time (and if you figure out a way to time the bottom, please let me know), you’ll miss the eventual recovery and turn a temporary loss into a permanent one. Read more

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How to Minimize Your Investment Costs

In my last 2 blog posts, I discussed the various ways financial advisors can be paid and how they can present conflicts of interest to an advisor. But how would your actual investment returns be affected? Let’s take a look at some scenarios: Read more

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Should You Use a Commission Based Advisor?

When it comes to getting advice with your money, are you suspicious of financial advisors? How can you find one that you trust? We received another question from our Ask a Planner campaign on Facebook last week asking “Is Edward Jones looking out for the best interest of clients? Is it best to rather use a fee based CFP®?”    Read more

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When Should You Sell Your Mutual Fund?

As the stock market reaches new highs, have you been wondering if you should sell and take profits before the next eventual dip? If the stock market does take a dip, should you sell and cut your losses? With the launch of our “Ask a Planner Week” on Monday, here was the first question we received: “I have absolute percentage rules for taking profits and losses on individual stocks. When should one consider taking profits or losses on index funds?” Read more

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What Was I Thinking? – How Some Investment Decisions Are Made

Think about the last investment decision you made. Why did you make it?  Was it part of an existing investment strategy? Did you see somebody else do it? Perhaps it was done for you?   Read more

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How Making Mac-n-Cheese is Like Investing

I was talking with my friend Diane recently and she told me a story about a visit she made to her daughter’s house.  Here is her email recap of a portion of that visit:  Read more

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What Baseball Can Teach Us About Investing

This weekend, I watched my nephew play in a baseball tournament.  They played very well in their first game, outscoring their opponent by more than ten runs.  They played well in their second game too but an unfortunate mix up in fielding assignments when there were two outs cost them two runs late in the game that proved to be the difference. It was a hard loss and for the next few days, all I could think about was that one play. If only they had made that play they would have gotten out of the inning with the lead and quite possibly won the game. Read more

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Online Investment Platforms: Wave of the Future or a Passing Fad?

Last week, we looked at how the asset allocation process doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task and that a variety of options exist to create a diversified portfolio.  As we continue to examine different ways to create an investment plan that matches your life goals, it is important to understand where you can turn to for asset allocation guidance.  After all, financial literacy research studies demonstrate that most people do not have the financial knowledge and confidence to manage their own investments.  Read more

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Is Robo Advising Right For Me?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently on the idea of investors using robo-advisors to manage their investment portfolios rather than human advisors.  If you are not familiar with the term, a “robo-advisor” is an online financial advisory service that uses a basic investment philosophy to create software programs that can manage a person’s investment portfolio automatically.  The argument for using this type of approach rather than a human advisor goes something like this: if an investment portfolio using fundamental investment strategies can be implemented automatically with a computer, then why pay for human involvement?  Read more

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Are You Choosing the Right Investments in Your 401(k) Plan?

It can be hard to figure out if the investment selections within your retirement plan investments are a good fit for your personal goals. The concept of diversification is usually represented by the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It makes perfect sense but how do you know which baskets are the best fit and how much do you put in each basket?   Read more

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