During the 1849 California Gold Rush people sold all their possessions to chase gold (NYSEARCA:IAU). A small minority hit the jackpot, but most did not. Back then, the few people that did get wealthy by not diversifying were the hyper-extreme exception, not the rule. And it’s the same... Read More
Building an architecturally sound investment portfolio doesn't happen by chance.
A structurally strong and healthy portfolio is organized into three basic parts: 1) the portfolio’s core, 2) the portfolio’s non-core, and 3) the portfolio’s “margin of safety.” All portfolio parts... Read More
It's been 1,383 days since the U.S. stock market's (NYSEARCA:SCHB) last 10% correction. And although the S&P 500 (^GSPC) has climbed just over 10% during the past year, not all segments of the equity market have been good performers.
For example, mining stocks (NYSEARCA:GDX) have crashed... Read More
Stock market volatility creeps up when most investors least expect it. But even more intriguing about the latest upward explosion in equity volatility is that it occurred on small percentage losses in major stock index benchmarks like the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) and Russell Small Cap 2000... Read More
A few months ago the NASDAQ Composite Index (Nasdaq:ONEQ) eclipsed 5,000 for the first time since March 2000. Put another way, we are all 15 years older since the NASDAQ’s first dance with all-time highs, but are we smarter? What did we learn from the first meltdown that can help us cope with... Read More
Can you believe it? The year 2015 is already half over. As second quarter investment account statements arrive, now is the time to un-distract yourself and focus on what's impacting the performance of your money.
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Investing and gambling share at least one common thread; it's all about odds. And depending on how you build your portfolio of investments, you will either increase or decrease your odds of investment success.
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Many investment portfolios reflect the lives of their owners; they're cluttered, scattered, and completely disorganized.
In my latest podcast, Welcome to Portfolio School!, I talk about how good organization within your investment portfolio contributes to better results. And a big part of being... Read More
From an observer's viewpoint, the individual with a good sized investment portfolio (say above $1 million) doesn't have much to worry about. They've got lots of money and that's all that matters.
Unfortunately, this misinformed view isn't just dead wrong, but it incorrectly presumes the... Read More
People do the darndest things. For example, they put their investments in places where they don't belong.
This is a common problem suffered not just by retail investors, but by experienced professionals who are hired to advise them. In each case, there's a poor understanding about the basic... Read More