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The Destructive Force of Fragility

Fragility in nature is a dangerous characteristic.

Dinosaurs, for example, were large and powerful, but they still died off. Why? While there’s no shortage of theories about what led to their extinction, we do know the dinosaur’s inability to adapt and survive major shocks was a contributing factor that led to their extinction.

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3 Risks that Could Derail Your Retirement Plan

Funding your retirement is a big financial obligation that no one can escape. How big? While other expenses like paying for college education or a home are also large, they aren’t necessarily in the same league. Why? Because buying a home or paying for a family member’s education isn’t something we necessarily have to do.

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How to Cut Your Trading Cost in Half

Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially true when stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) is rising.

The chart below illustrates how historical bid-ask spreads (also known as “bid-offer spreads”) have widened by more than 40% (from just 0.8% to 1.4%) during periods of 20% or greater one-month realized volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY).

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NYSE to Phase Out GTC and Stop Trading Orders

In a statement the NYSE said:

“Subject to effectiveness of a rule filing with the SEC, NYSE and NYSE MKT will no longer accept new Stop Orders and Good Till Cancelled (“GTC”) Orders beginning February 26, 2016. Additionally all existing GTC and Stop Orders residing on the NYSE book will be cancelled.

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How Bad Investments Sometimes Turn Out Good

Do good performing investments always start out good? The short answer is not necessarily.

As proof, we showed ETFguide’s readers a real life example in the June 2015 issue of the ETF Profit Strategy Newsletter. In that issue, we shared an incredible story about a 72-year old investor who converted a $95,000 investment made in two stocks (NYSEARCA:SCHB) into $11.5 million.

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