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Emerging Market Diversification

On 05/28/2013, in Equities, by Jordan Wilson

What do you think of when your hear the term, “emerging markets”?

What type of companies and industries exist in emerging equity markets?

I have no idea what you may think. But in case you do not know … 

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Dangers of Dividend Funds

On 05/13/2012, in Equities, Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Dividend funds are currently very popular with investors.

In many parts of the world, interest rate yields are quite low on a historical basis. To enhance returns, fixed income investors have turned to riskier investments that may offer higher yields. Such as dividends on preferred shares or dividend paying common shares.

As well, general equity investors are turning to perceived “safer” equity investments. Common shares in large, dividend paying companies. Shares that provide capital gains potential over time, but are back-stopped by a (hopefully) steady stream of dividend income.

Sounds like a good strategy to me. But there are always risks when investing.

Here are a few things to consider when assessing dividend funds (or dividend paying shares). 

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Emotional Investing Decisions

On 01/19/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Investing based on emotions or instincts is a difficult issue.

So challenging that an entire field, Behavioural Finance, examines how investor psychology and emotions affect investment decisions.

Recently I read an article where the author believes that financial planners prefer clients with little investment knowledge. That way, it is easier to sell them whatever you want.

Yes, there are financial planners, brokers, etc., that operate this way. But in my experience, good financial planners would rather deal with well-educated investors.

And often the reason relates directly to emotional investing. 

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Emerging market investments can add value to one’s portfolio.

On the one hand, emerging market assets provide potential diversification benefits that help lower overall portfolio risk.

At the same time, emerging markets offer potentially higher returns than investments in developed markets. This helps enhance overall portfolio expected returns.

Lower portfolio risk, higher expected returns, count me in!

Well, like any investment, there are always a few strings attached. 

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Emotional Investing

On 09/21/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Investment markets have resembled roller coasters in recent times.

Up, down, sideways, making many investors sick to their stomaches.

While investing is an emotional experience at any time, this turbulent period makes things even worse for lots of investors.

So what should you do? 

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SmartMoney.com recently issued a short video entitled, “Why ‘Buy & Hold’ Strategy No Longer Works”.

I am a proponent of the “buy and hold, but rebalance” approach, but thought it useful to provide a differing view. Not one I agree with, but it is always good to show all sides of a topic and let readers reach their own conclusions.

The video and my commentary are below. 

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Buy and Hold with Individual Stocks

On 04/17/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

A long-term buy and hold strategy can work with individual, non-diversified assets. For example, shares of Cisco or Swiss Re. Or General Electric Capital bonds. Or the Japanese Yen.

But I would not recommend it.

Here is why. 

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Protection From Volatile Markets

On 04/12/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

A potentially legitimate concern about buy and hold investing is that it underperforms active management during fluctuating and bear markets.

Today we will review how to protect your wealth during periods of market volatility when using buy and hold.

A few points come from my general long-term investment philosophy. One that attempts to build such safeguards automatically into one’s portfolio.

A few other thoughts will involve tweaks to the traditional buy and hold methodology. Tweaks that hopefully will improve on its performance. 

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Portfolio Diversification in Action

On 02/16/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had a nice article entitled How to Profit From Inflation.

In my post Investment Lessons From Inflation, I attempted to demonstrate how inflation related to some of the topics we have considered in this blog.

The WSJ article also provides real world examples on how portfolio diversification can protect against inflation.

We will now see how the concept of portfolio diversification applies to actual investing tactics. 

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Introduction to Asset Allocation

On 01/16/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

The next step in creating an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is your target asset allocation.

How you intend to invest your capital.

As far as actual investing goes, this may be the most important piece of the puzzle.

This post will provide an introduction to asset allocation.

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