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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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Portfolio Rebalancing Strategies

On 09/03/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Defining a target asset allocation is critical to investment success.

Equally important is ongoing portfolio monitoring and periodically rebalancing the actual asset allocation back to your target allocation.

The Wall Street Journal has a good article on strategies for rebalancing investment portfolios.

Worth reading in its entirety, buy I want to highlight a few points. 

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I believe that successfully growing wealth over the long term is more about the financial planning process than just the actual investment selections.

That is why I preach a holistic approach to wealth management. Know who you are as an investor (i.e., Investor Profile). Build a written, comprehensive Investment Policy Statement reflecting your unique situation.

Financial success is more than just investing alone. 

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Readers know that I believe investors should create written Investment Policy Statements.

Having the Investment Policy Statement in writing helps with focus and self-discipline in both the creation and implementation of your investing plan.

And it is not just me that thinks written statements improve investor results. 

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Money Tips for Young Adults

On 05/21/2012, in Asset Protection, Cash Management, by Jordan Wilson

In my post, Money Lessons From One’s Twenties, we saw some financial mistakes made by S.L. Bathgate while in her twenties. We also saw how these errors impacted her later life. And how she is trying to get back on course to better cash management and wealth accumulation.

Ms. Bathgate has a decent plan to strengthen her fortunes.

But if I was advising Ms. Bathgate, I have a few suggestion to improve on her stated plan. 

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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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HighTower Advisors has created a great video comparing investment brokers with fiduciaries.

A broker is someone who takes a fee in exchange for executing a transaction. They provide a service in return for compensation. For the most part, a broker is not a fiduciary. However, brokers – depending on where they reside, professional qualifications, company, regulatory oversight, etc. – may have certain duties of care to their clients.

A fiduciary is someone with a legal duty of care to the client. It is more than simply executing transactions. More as if the fiduciary steps into your shoes to try and best meet your needs.

It is an important distinction. Make certain that you always know whether you are dealing with a fiduciary or not. I am not saying never to deal with a non-fiduciary. Only that you know the difference between the two. And, if appropriate, take steps to safeguard your best interests over those of your representative (agent, banker, broker, financial planner, etc.).

Now to the HighTower video. 

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Many readers are a long ways away from retirement.

Messing up on retirement is not yet on one’s radar.

But it should be.

And the sooner you realize how people mess up retirement, the easier it is to avoid problems. 

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Investing Philosophy in 10 Words

On 01/28/2012, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Can you summarize your investment philosophy in 10 words or less?

Can anyone?

After all, investing is a complex subject. 

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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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