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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. 

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Tips to Diversify Your Portfolio

On 05/12/2013, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Diversification is crucial for long-term investment success.

Proper diversification, that is.

Today, how to better diversify your investment portfolio. 

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No wonder investing is confusing for the average investor.

Many investors take a “follow the pros” strategy. Whether that means watching the business networks, tracking Warren Buffett, or subscribing in to investment newsletters, these investors invest based on what “experts” tout.

Often though the advice of one professional runs contrary to the next. What to do?

I saw a good example of this in Yahoo News. 

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A Good Investor Always Saves

On 02/18/2013, in Investment Concepts, by Jordan Wilson

I am not a fan of Jim Cramer. Simply because he plays to the cameras. And I hate the theatrics.

But he talks about a time when he was doing poorly in life. And he makes a great point that should apply to all investors. So we shall give him a listen. 

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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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Vanguard 2012 Economic Outlook

On 06/08/2012, in Economics, Learning to Invest, by Jordan Wilson

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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How to Pick a Passive Fund

On 04/23/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

For most investors, I recommend a passive investment approach.

Exchange traded (ETFs) and open ended index mutual funds that focus on cost minimization and accurately matching relevant market returns.

There are a plethora of ETFs and mutual funds available for investors. So how do you choose the best fund? 

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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? 

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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. 

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Investors Shun Risk

On 04/04/2012, in Investment Concepts, by Jordan Wilson

A relationship exists between investment risk and expected return.

The safer the asset, the lower the expected return. The greater the investment risk, the higher the required return. Or it can be a tad more technical if you like.

Investors should take an objective view of investment risk. Unfortunately, investors tend to be emotional creatures and these volatile times lead people to become fearful of investment risk.

So what is happening? And what should you do as an investor?

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