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Portfolio Report Card: A $671,459 Retirement Plan with Taxing Problems

In this new and first episode of the Portfolio Report Card, Ron DeLegge, Founder at ETFguide analyzes and grades a $671,459 retirement portfolio for B.L. in Spokane, WA. Many investors still don’t understand the difference between an architecturally sound investment portfolio versus one that’s not. And the Portfolio Report Card is designed to identify strengths …

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Is Your Retirement Cushion Adequate?

As we get closer to retirement, we need to have an adequate cushion, or would I like to call, a margin of safety? Why? Well, because as we age, our investment time horizon compresses, meaning we have less time to recover should the stock market suffer a severe decline. Now, I’m not the one who …

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A $1.3 Million Portfolio Report Card for JPG in Maryland

What are the hallmarks of a well-built and financially sound investment portfolio? For some, it’s simply owning the top performing stocks or mutual funds (Nasdaq:AMCPX). For others, it’s owning the funds or ETFs (NYSEARCA:SCHB) with the lowest cost. And yet for many others, their definition of a well-built investment portfolio is to own whatever securities popular …

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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.  What’s wrong? Part of the problem …

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(Podcast) How to Predict Fund Performance

The phrase “past performance is not an indicator of future performance” is a frequently written and spoken legal disclaimer for virtually all investments sold by Wall Street. Yet, hardly anyone from individual investors all the way to investment sales people really act like they believe it. Asset flows inevitably gravitate into funds with the hottest historical performance. And …

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A $1.58 Million Portfolio with No Captain

Has your financial advisor contacted you lately? Although global stock markets (NYSEARCA:VT) have recovered from their earlier in the year losses, it could’ve revealed flaws with your investment portfolio’s design. Often, flaws that are camouflaged by rising markets are exposed and exploited in rocky markets. (Audio) Why Robo “Advisors” are Hazardous to Your Wealth Ultimately, advisors should take responsibility for …

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Do You Need to Buy at Market Bottoms to Get Profitable Results?

Legendary speculator Bernard Baruch once quipped: “Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.” Baruch was on to something. And since reams have been written and said about tops and bottoms in both individual securities along with broader markets (NYSEARCA:VTI), we can’t help but …

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(Podcast) Your 2016 Investing Philosophy in Just Three Words

The beginning of a new year is always an important moment for personal reflection. And whatever it is that we want from our lives – whether it’s to become a better spouse, begin a new exercise routine, or just become better people – we must recognize that change is imperative if we’re going to reach our goals. …

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4 Things to Understand about Your Portfolio’s Margin of Safety

Does your portfolio have a margin of safety? I ask that question because the total U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:SCHB) has been rocky over the past few weeks and now has a year-to-date (YTD) loss of -1.23%. And since most investor underperform the stock market and the index ETFs tied to it, it’s fair to assume …

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The Proper Context of Hedge Fund Money

In case you missed it, Wall Street’s rich and famous are having their worst yearly performance since 2011. Big bets by hedge funds on energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV), and commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC) have nuclear bombed shareholders’ money. Here’s just a small sample of the multi-billion dollar meltdown: • David Einhorn’s large stake in Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX), the …

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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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Should You Invest in Market Neutral Funds?

I was recently asked by a reader named M.M. about the benefits of investing in market neutral funds. Equity market neutral funds hold long/short stock positions and aim to capitalize on investment opportunities in a specific group of stocks while keeping neutral exposure to broader groups of stocks either by sector, market size, or country. (Audio) …

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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 …

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Portfolio Exam: A Hyper-Aggressive $1.29 Million Portfolio with Flaws

It’s commonly and incorrectly presumed that people with large investment portfolios are smart investors. But as counterintuitive as it may sound, this false presumption is simply not true. How do I know? Because I’ve analyzed and graded many multi-million dollar investment portfolios ($27 million is the largest one I’ve graded so far this year) using …

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(Podcast) Deconstructing the “Double Whammy” Effect on Gold Portfolios

How many people sold their stocks at the 2009 bottom, went to cash and then bought gold at its 2011 peak? In my latest Index Investing Show podcast episode, I explain how “double whammy” effect has damaged certain investment portfolios so severely, the losses could be catastrophic. The solution for investors sitting on big losses from precious metals (NYSEARCA:GLTR) is …

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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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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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How to Increase Your Odds of Investment Success

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. (Audio) The Stock Market’s Last 10% Correction + How to Judge Performance Properly The latest data from Morningstar’s Active/Passive Barometer illustrates …

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Portfolio Report Card: A $1.23 Million Portfolio Built on the Wrong Foundation

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 person with a large portfolio has done everything right. Is it true? (AUDIO) Listen …

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