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We looked at “How Investors Use ETFs”.

Today we consider how financial advisors use exchange traded funds (ETFs) in their business. 

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ETFs Versus Mutual Funds

On 03/11/2013, in Exchange Traded Funds, Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) versus open-ended mutual funds.

In general, I prefer ETFs for investors.

The exception tends to be for extremely small investors. It may be more cost-effective to pay higher annual expenses, but no transaction fees, with a no-load mutual fund, than to pay commissions on minimal ETF acquisitions. Also, many no-load mutual funds allow for very small purchases of funds and reinvestment of distributions.

Today, three graphs comparing the current state of ETFs with open-ended mutual funds. 

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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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A well diversified investment portfolio is a key requirement for long-term investing success.

Diversification is important. But sometimes too much diversification can negatively impact portfolio performance. It can be a fine line in getting it right.

Today, a look at indications your portfolio is overly diversified. 

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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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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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Top 10 Best Things About Mutual Funds

On 02/03/2012, in Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Started reading Morningstar’s “Fund Spy” last night.

A gift from the nice folks at Morningstar, so thanks.

In it, Morningstar produces a chart with the top 10 best things about mutual funds.

An interesting list. 

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Vanguard Investment Funds

On 12/03/2011, in Exchange Traded Funds, Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

I like Vanguard investment funds for long term individual investors.

Especially investors who follow a passive management style.

As I am not directly or indirectly compensated in any way by Vanguard I recommend them based solely on their merits.

That is not to say that other funds are poorer choices. I recommend a wide variety depending on a client’s investment objectives, desires, and available offering in their home jurisdiction. I believe in a “best of breed” approach for clients, not what is best for my revenue. And within the “best of breed” options, Vanguard funds pop up with regularity.

Why is this so?  

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Quality and Dollar Cost Averaging

On 03/21/2011, in Investment Strategies, by Jordan Wilson

One final comment on Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA).

For DCA to work, you need to invest in quality assets.

I have mentioned this in prior DCA posts, but I want to emphasize it separately. 

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Previously I have written about potential problems in diversifying one’s portfolio with funds.

The Wall Street Journal nicely illustrates three common concerns in an article today.

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