Types of Stock Traders

On 06/14/2013, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

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. 

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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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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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You Are Not Alone

On 06/15/2012, in Marketing, by Jordan Wilson

I have seen a lot of John Hancock investing commercials on television recently.

I have never dealt personally or professionally with John Hancock so cannot opine on if they are a great firm or the Satans of insurance. But they sure make good commercials.

What do I mean? 

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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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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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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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Following the Experts

On 08/17/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

Another day, another example of experts getting it wrong.

Today it involves the economic forecast for Hong Kong. 

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Another Case for Passive Investing

On 07/11/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

Everyday I see reminders of why investors should passively invest their wealth.

Today it comes from this Bloomberg story, Economists Cite Seasonal Variations for Jobs MissThe key takeway for me in the article is:

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Defending Buy and Hold

On 04/08/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

In my last post, I listed three legitimate concerns about the buy and hold strategy.

Buy and hold will not allow for the maximum possible returns, it does not protect one’s wealth in down markets, and it does not work for short to medium holding periods.

Definitely areas to watch out for, but less of a problem than some articles state.

I will explain why below. 

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