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How to Use Single Country ETFs

Among the greatest breakthroughs that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have made is giving people complete control of their investment decisions.

On one hand, a person may want to obtain very broad and diversified exposure using just one ETF, that may hold thousands of securities. To replicate that type of portfolio security by security would be both time consuming and cost prohibitive.

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3 Diversification Errors

Portfolio diversification is an investment strategy designed to limit risk by spreading money across multiple asset classes and securities. Most financial literature along with your local financial advisor will agree that diversifying your investments is a prudent thing.

But while diversification may seem like a straightforward process, it isn’t.

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Portfolio Rebalancing: Should You Do It?

Everything in life that surrounds you requires maintenance. This includes your home, your automobile, the software application on your mobile device, and even your health.

Unfortunately, your job for maintaining stuff doesn’t stop there. Why? Because your investments – whether they are held in taxable accounts or tax-deferred retirement accounts like IRAs,

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Is Your Portfolio’s Performance Satisfactory?

What’s your investment portfolio’s performance? Do you know? Just 57% of U.S. adults are “financially literate,” according to a study from Standard & Poor’s titled the “2015 Global Financial Literacy Survey.” Another study by a large insurance company found that people are more frightened by planning their finances than dying.  

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How Should Your Non-Core Portfolio Look?

I’ve written extensively about the role of an investor’s non-core portfolio. It’s one of the three cornerstones of a well-built portfolio (see figure below) and it always plays a complementary role to the much larger core portfolio and a person’s margin of safety container. If used properly, the non-core portfolio can greatly enhance an investor’s total returns.

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