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Invest in passively managed index funds, not actively managed mutual funds.

A constant theme of mine for individual investors.

Today, a short video courtesy of The Motley Fool. 

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Next we will see cats lying with dogs.

In “ETF Expense Ratios Between Countries”, I looked at how the same fund can have widely different expense ratios depending on which exchange it was listed.

I read an interesting article that reinforces a key point I made. And adds a couple more worthy of note. 

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Probably way more than three ways personal financial advisors can mislead clients. But the article I want to link mentions three, so we will start there.

I agree with two of the three, but you can come to your own conclusions.

Okay, so what are these evil secrets financial advisors use to hurt clients? 

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Invest Better Than the Pros?

On 02/13/2013, in Investment Concepts, by Jordan Wilson

In “Want to Invest Like a Pro?” we looked at attributes of successful professional investors.

I definitely believe one can learn a lot by watching how the pros invest. Nevertheless, I stated that following the professionals was “maybe a good plan, maybe not.”

This example nicely sums up that statement.

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Want to Invest Like a Pro?

On 01/24/2013, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Want to learn how to invest like a professional investor?

Maybe a good plan, maybe not. But our friends at Investopedia discuss how to “Invest Like a Pro”.

Article highlights and my comments below:

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Life of a Day Trader

On 06/24/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Day trading in financial markets is not something I like to see in clients.

I prefer having clients take a long-term investing perspective, utilizing passive management strategies. Day trading – also known as stock flipping or high frequency trading –  is the polar opposite to this. Active management to the nth degree.

Successfully flipping stocks, bonds, and other asset classes is a tricky business. One that requires expertise, adequate time to research and continually monitor your portfolio, and  nerves of steel in volatile markets. A closet full of Milk of Magnesia might not hurt either.

That said, many individuals want to learn about day trading. A look at this topic today.

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In the U.S., the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index (S&P 500) is up 12.6% year to date 2012.

That is the good news. The bad?

Your mutual fund is likely not meeting or exceeding this benchmark.

Why the underperformance against investment benchmarks? 

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Benjamin Graham Investing Principles

On 03/14/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

I mentioned Benjamin Graham in “Mistakes of Warren Buffett” and recommended his book, “The Intelligent Investor”.

Benjamin Graham mentored Warren Buffet and is considered the founder of value investing.

Today, a quick summary on Benjamin Graham and his three key principles for value investing. While they may not turn you into the next Warren Buffett, these investment tips will make you a better investor. 

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Is Buy and Hold Investing Dead?

On 03/12/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Is the buy and hold investment strategy dead?

I have argued no in previous posts. There are many advantages for investors who utilize a buy and hold approach.

A short video from Vanguard nicely summarizes my position. 

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Each year seems to bring an ever increasing number of new exchange traded funds (ETFs).

2011 was no exception.

Some say many of the new ETFs are not necessary, but I like the increase. 

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