Competition between fund providers continues to result in lower fees on exchange traded funds (ETFs).

A very good thing if you are a proponent of cost minimization when investing.

I read a short article that discusses this subject and makes a couple of useful side points.  (more…)

Types of Stock Traders

Investors come in all shapes and sizes.

There are also a multitude of ways to trade investments.

Today a brief look at the various types of traders.  (more…)

Tips to Diversify Your Portfolio

Diversification is crucial for long-term investment success.

Proper diversification, that is.

Today, how to better diversify your investment portfolio.  (more…)

3 Essential Investment Rules

StreetAuthority looks at three essential investment rules of master investor, Peter Lynch.

Excellent investment advice for those wishing to invest in individual equities.

Unfortunately, I do not know any non-professional investors who could actually follow two of the three keys. Ah, the joys of investment advice. (more…)

How do investors use exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

Many investors utilize ETFs as a cost-efficient means to create long-term, well-diversified portfolios. But some investors use them for other investment tactics.

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Are Investors Driven to Trade?

I like a general buy and hold philosophy for investing. Find solid, well-diversfied, low-cost investments (i.e., passively managed index funds), acquire by dollar cost averaging, and only adjust holdings to reflect your target asset allocation over time.

But can investors follow this model?

Or are we hard-wired to be traders?  (more…)

Vanguard 2012 Economic Outlook

As we move through 2012, uncertainty exists over global economic and financial markets.

Which countries’ economies will prosper? Or maybe the better question is, which countries’ economies will not completely crater in 2012? Which equity markets should investors consider? What should I do about all the market volatility?

There are many concerns out there for investors.

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There are many variables that make successful investing a challenge.

And one of your biggest foes may just be you.

What do I mean by this?  (more…)

Knight Kiplinger, head of Kiplinger financial media, created a nice asset management video.

8 Keys to Financial Security is exactly that. Tips for protecting your assets and growing wealth.

As per usual, I add my two-cents to Mr. Kiplinger’s wealth management recommendations.  (more…)

Is Buy and Hold Investing Dead?

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.  (more…)

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