The Perils of Market Timing: Part 2

For many investors, the temptation to try to time the stock market is irresistible. However, for most investors, market timing is as dangerous as it is irresistible. In my last market timing post, I discussed the downside of missing a few good return days. In this post, I discuss the downside of trying to time […]

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Is There Value In Morningstar Ratings?

Morningstar is a US-based research firm that publishes stock and mutual fund data. The firm is widely known for its mutual fund “star” rating system. The system rates mutual funds according to a five-star system, with five stars indicating superior performance for the time period. Although Morningstar warns against choosing funds solely on its star […]

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Rebalancing Your Portfolio: Staying on Course in Volatile Times

The saying “May you live in interesting times” is reputed to be an ancient Chinese curse. While the actual origin of this aphorism is in dispute, the saying itself is quite appropriate today. The past few years have seen spikes in volatility, dramatic swings in returns, and economic and political uncertainty. Beyond the emotional challenges […]

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Charitable Giving Made Easy

A donor-advised fund offers an easy way for a donor to make significant charitable gifts over a long period of time. It’s similar to a private foundation but requires less money, time, legal assistance, and administration to establish and maintain. A donor-advised fund also enjoys greater tax advantages than a private foundation.   What is […]

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The Perils of Market Timing

Missing just a few days of high returns in the stock market can substantially erode long-term performance. The harsh reality of market efficiency has not stopped speculators and other traders from attempting to read the future. On paper, market timing offers a seductive prospect: By predicting market direction ahead of time, a trader might capture […]

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Missing Opportunity

Apple stock has been an incredibly profitable investment. Stories about winners like Apple encourage many investors to seek the next Apple. The issue is that identifying the next big winner ahead of time is not a consistently profitable investment strategy. In fact, the majority of professional investors who attempt that strategy underperform a simple indexed […]

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Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Your Financial Life

Money means different things to different people. Each of us has different dreams. You may want to achieve financial freedom, provide seed capital or a top-flight college education for your children or grandchildren, have a vacation home on the beach or in the mountains, or leave behind an enduring legacy that will allow you favorite […]

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