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Investing in Europe

It’s often said that when one asset class falters, others are likely rising. To some extent, this may be occurring with U.S. equities. The stock market correction that started in February amid fears of rising inflation has continued through March with the threat of a global trade war.1 According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch,…

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Investment Themes for This Year

Investment themes

In the investment community, all eyes are on inflation this year. Economic analysts at Merrill Lynch anticipate further tightening in the labor market, to the tune of 3.9 percent unemployment by the end of 2018. Along with the tightened labor situation, they also expect personal consumption expenditure (PCE) inflation rising to 1.8 percent by year…

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Exploring the Behavioral Biases of Investing

investing bias

Despite the research and due diligence necessary in developing an investment portfolio, investors are frequently influenced more by their own emotional and behavioral biases than by data.1 These biases may include overconfidence, regret, impatience and the desire to “keep up with the Joneses.” In fact, personnel from at least one asset management firm believe that…

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Exclusive vs. Inclusive Investing

There are many different approaches to investing in the stock market, but most fall under two categories: exclusive and inclusive. Exclusive means conducting thorough research on prospective companies and investing in a portfolio of select, thoroughly vetted securities. One of the advantages of this approach is that if an investor’s research pans out, he could…

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The Case for a Rising Equity Glide Path During Retirement

Financial advisors often recommended that retiring investors transition growth assets to more conservative options. This is due to a concept called “sequence of returns.” If the financial markets decline at the beginning of retirement, an investment portfolio could be reduced to the point in which retirement income is greatly affected. To help avoid this negative…

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Investors in an Aging Bull Market

Many investors who have participated in the eight-year bull market have done well. But those approaching retirement may wonder if it’s time to transition assets to more conservative holdings. Here are factors to consider before making a decision about changing your portfolio: The U.S. economy and markets are still in good shape. U.S. stock valuations…

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Goals-Based Investing

There’s a difference between monitoring an investment and checking its performance on a daily basis. Rather than being concerned about short-term volatility in the market, consider the future purpose or goal of what you want your money to pay for. This is the fundamental idea behind goals-based investing. You don’t just seek out investments that…

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The Nature of Risk and Reward

Every investment carries some risk. However, it’s a misnomer to think that the bigger the risk you take, the bigger the reward you’ll receive. This may be especially true for those who are near or already in retirement. Consider the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise pursued a slow but steady pace…

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Spooky season! What’s your greatest fear?

With spooky decorations in doorways and a smell of leaves in the air, this time of year is all about apple cider and trick-or-treating.  It gets me thinking about scary things that keep people up at night. For most people I know, that fear is outliving their retirement nest egg. If you are concerned that…

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What Type of Investor Are You?

Each person is unique. We are composed of many variables, such as genetics, family influence, geographic influence and even the birth order among siblings – a veritable combination of the forces of biology and society. So when it comes to managing your finances, the debate isn’t about nature versus nurture; it’s both. For example, consider two…

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