retirement

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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How to Minimize Taxes on Your Investments

Taxes are tangled web. So tangled, Will Rogers once quipped, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” For the investor, taxes represent a real threat to wealth and a cost that must absolutely be controlled. And the only way to do this is to take …

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Is it Time to Sell?

With 2018 already half over, the U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:SCHB) is outperforming its global peers, plus it still trades near all-time highs. Is it time for investors to cash in their equity holdings? The perennially dilemma for investors and traders – right after when to buy – is but of course, when to sell. Investing …

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Here’s What’s Driving Your Investment Returns

Although your investment results may seem random, they aren’t. In reality, your portfolio’s performance is directly influenced by a number of decisions you’ve consciously or unconsciously made.  Let’s examine the factors driving your returns. Your Asset Mix Back in the 1990s, Gary Brinson’s landmark study highlighted the acute impact of a portfolio’s returns by how …

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Portfolio Report Card: A $171, 000 Retirement Portfolio Weighed Down by Cost

What is the optimal investment portfolio? Is it the one that contains the hottest performing stocks and funds? Actually, it’s the portfolio that perfectly represents a person’s psychology, life circumstances, financial needs, and future goals. My latest Portfolio Report Card is for K.B., a 49 year-old U.S. Marine Officer serving overseas. He told me he …

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Beating the Dividend Income Drought

Will dividend yields test 1999 lows? That was the title of my post from a few weeks ago in which I explained to readers how the dividend income drought facing investors continues into 2014. Interestingly, the Federal Reserve’s initiation of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) on Dec. 16, 2008 wasn’t the beginning of the bear …

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