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ETF Battles: NOBL vs. VYM – Which Dividend ETF is the Better Choice?

  • NOBL and VYM go against each other in key areas, including cost, yield and a mystery category
  • Both funds own dividend stocks but with subtle and meaningful differences in strategy
  • Both ETFs are head-to-head rivals in a heated fight for assets

Ron: ETF Battles is an easy show to understand.

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A Risky $1.31 Million Portfolio that Flunks on Cost

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 future meltdowns?

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(Podcast) Well Organized Portfolios Aren’t Accidental

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 organized means having smart asset location.

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What’s Your Income Plan?

For just the fourth time in 50 years, the S&P 500’s (NYSEARCA:IVV) dividend yield was briefly more versus 10-year U.S. Treasuries (ChicagoOptions:^TNX). It’s another testament to the difficult climate facing bond investors (NYSEARCA:BOND) who want to generate a respectable level of income.

For good reason, more people are employing alternative income strategies like selling covered calls.

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Portfolio Report Card: A $512,000 One-Trick Pony

Diversification means different things to different people. In some cultures, diversification means having large families to diversify so that when mom and dad get old, there will be plenty of children and grandchildren to care for them in their old age. For the individual investor, diversification boils down to spreading your risk across a variety of major asset classes.

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