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Signs of Leadership Change: Growth vs. Value Stocks

This is an excerpt from Growth vs. Value Stocks: Signs of Leadership Change on ETFguide TV with Lance McGray at Advisors Asset Management. This episode examines: Signs that could trigger a leadership change between growth and value stocks Capturing growth and value without sacrificing quality  Understanding how diversification within strategies works Positioning your portfolio for …

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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. And some investors and their advisors …

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What to Do About Fading Stock Market Momentum

Wall Street has been so busy with one all-time high after another, many have already long-forgotten that it’s  been over one-year since the stock market corrected by 10% or more. But as the great poets say, “we don’t remember the days, we only remember the moments.” (Audio) Are ETFs turning people into day traders?  At this …

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Factors that Should Influence Your Investments

If you asked a thousand different people about the key factors that should drive their investment choices, you’re bound to get a thousand different answers. Some, for example, might be inclined to argue that U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:SCHB) have increased for eight consecutive years and there’s no reason to make any portfolio changes because stock prices …

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Are You Still Investing Without a Margin of Safety?

In retrospect, Brexit turned out to be more meaningful than Grexit. And while the immediate reaction of global financial markets (NYSEARCA:VT) to the England’s decisive vote to leave the European Union (EU) was negative, it’s a stark reminder of why investing without a margin of safety is negligent. With the exception of precious metals (NYSEARCA:GLTR), mining …

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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 …

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4 Moments When “Stay the Course” is the Wrong Investment Advice

The worst January start for U.S. stocks since 2009 should get your attention. If you’ve been hiding underneath a rock or hibernating in a cave-like dwelling, it’s time to come out. “A little sunlight is the best disinfectant,” as Judge Brandeis might say. Most global stock yardsticks from China (NYSEARCA:ASHS) to Japan (NYSEARCA:EWJ) and even the United …

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If You’re Not Preventing Stock Market Losses, You Better Start Now

What’s more important? Making gains in the stock market or preventing losses? Before answering that question, let’s list a few common fallacies about risk: • The full spectrum of market risk can be accurately defined in a single magic formula or statistic • Long-term investing always guarantees success, so go ahead and take all the …

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DON’T Invest a Single Dime Without this Crucial Document

Imagine hiring a builder to construct you a home. You tell the builder how you want the home to look and you tell them about all your desired features. Instead of showing you a blueprint, the builder starts construction and a short-time later, your house is completed.  But there’s a very big problem: The home’s final design is nothing like what …

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The Cost of Investment Advice is Still Too High

There are 118 million U.S. households and 108 million have under $500,000 of investable assets while 100 million have less than $100,000 to invest. What does it mean? It means the vast majority of the investing public still doesn’t meet the dollar minimums required to work with a licensed financial advisor. And for those who …

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How Would Your Portfolio Do in a 50% Market Decline?

Prudent investing in a reckless world has become a long-forgotten idea. And the 6-year run-up in U.S. stock prices (NYSEARCA:VOO) has certainly been a contributing factor. After love, risk might be the most misunderstood and misinterpreted word in the English language. Today, people’s perverted sense of risk management is making sure they don’t miss the …

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4 Signs Your Portfolio Isn’t Ready for a Bear Market

In case you didn’t get the memo, global stocks are now in correction mode. And the velocity of the rout has been shocking to seasoned financial pros not to mention the investing masses. For perspective, the three largest U.S. stock benchmarks – the Dow Industrials (NYSEARCA:DIA), Nasdaq-100 (Nasdaq:QQQ), and S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:VOO) are up between …

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Does Your Portfolio Have a Margin of Safety?

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 complement each other by deliberating holding non-overlapping assets. (Audio) $1,000 Gold? + a $1.8 Million Portfolio …

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Grading Retirement Plan

(Podcast) What’s the Right Way to Measure Your Portfolio’s Progress?

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. Get Your Portfolio Checklist Why do so many people ignore their investment portfolio? Is it because they’re afraid to look inside? …

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Contrarian Investing

Portfolio School: Put Things Where They Belong

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 elements of a well-built portfolio. (In extreme cases, there may be knowledge of …

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Beware of Skewed Performance Comparisons

Many people and fund companies still use inappropriate benchmarks for measuring investment performance. Instead of getting truthful results, investors are given a distorted perspective of performance which leads to mistaken conclusions. (Audio) Ron does a Portfolio Report Card on a $26.9 Million Investment Account The mutual fund industry’s (NasdaqGS:MORN) widespread use of peer group comparisons is …

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Q&A: How Many ETFs Do You Need for a Well-Rounded Portfolio?

Q. How many ETFs do I need to own to have a balanced and diversified portfolio? – C.L. in Plano, TX A. One of the common investing fallacies is that the number of holdings within your investment portfolio should increase as your portfolio’s value increases. This is wrong. Why? Because having a well-rounded investment portfolio is never …

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Portfolio Management 3

Q&A: Why Can’t Leveraged ETFs be Bought and Held?

Dear ETFguide, You and just about all the other ETF specialists are very adamant about using leveraged ETFs as short-term trades only. Please comment about what I’ve done for a 5-year period of time that I’ve outlined below. I’ve been investing in the ProShares 2X leveraged S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SSO). My calculations are from charts …

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Millenials

A Financial Roadmap for Millennials

Being a millennial means you’re young. And while it’s great to have youth, it’s vanity unless you put it to good use. It’s been said that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. This is particularly true when it comes to saving and investing. The sooner you get started, the better. …

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