Real Estate Investing

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Just as the world around us comes from the elements found in the periodic table, capital markets are made up of asset classes, broadly organized into stocks, bonds, alternatives and hard assets like commodities and real estate. As elemental as asset classes are to investing, it often makes sense to include some real estate investments in your globally diversified portfolio.

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Are You Receiving Good Financial Advice?

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We need to rethink traditional financial advice – the kind that’s been delivered by those so-called “experts” focused on issuing buy/sell recommendations, executing transactions, selling annuities and collecting their commissions. If this is the type of financial advice that you are receiving you don’t need that and you probably never did. This most often received financial advice from a broker is full ...

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Is Yellen Moving on Up

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The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has held the federal funds rate at nearly zero percent, seeking to bolster an ailing economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession since December 2008. Economists agree that the position is unusual, and highly unlikely to go on forever – drastic times called for drastic measures. Then again, they’ve been agreeing on that for seven years. Each year, the Fed has had ...

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The Role of Fixed Income

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Janet Yellen and the Fed have been front page news this summer. Anyone who is keeping even a casual eye on financial headlines is aware that fixed income returns have been a moving target. The overwhelming consensus was that the tightening cycle would begin in June and that interest rates would rise sooner rather than later. When the Fed ultimately acts will the yield curve steepen or flatten? When, by how much ...

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Doing Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor – Part III: Finding Right-Fitting Advice

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In the previous two Financial TIPs in our series, “Doing Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor,” we offered some ideas on how to check out an advisor’s background, and why we would suggest that the first hurdle to overcome when selecting an advisor is to ensure his or her advice is of the highest, fiduciary standard. In this final ...

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Doing the Due Diligence on Your Financial Advisor – Part 1: How do You Know?

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It’s time to address a challenging subject: In selecting or retaining a financial advisor, how do you know if you’re making a wise choice?
It’s a challenging subject for us and one that we take very seriously as we develop and expand on our firm’s own best practices. We believe it is even more challenging for investors. First, the stakes are ...

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Forest for the Trees – Strategy #3: Controlling Costs

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This is the third installment of our favorite “key” investment strategies series. In the first two we covered the importance of staying invested to earn market returns, while managing the risks involved. We’ll conclude with what may be the most obvious and powerful advice of all, even if it does not seem to receive the attention it deserves.

  1. Being present
  2. Managing for market risks
  3. Controlling costs

 Strategy #3: Controlling Costs

 

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Forest for the Trees – Strategy #2: Manage Market Risks

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In our last Financial TIP, we described why most investors should ignore the never-ending onslaught of unpredictable financial news and focus on three strategies that can be much more readily managed. At least once you know they are there these potent strategies include:

  1. Being present
  2. Managing for market risks
  3. Controlling costs

 Strategy #2: Managing for Market Risks

 

Why take on more risk than you need.

There is no getting around the fact ...

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Forest for the Trees – Investment Strategy #1: Being Present

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We have all heard the idiom that someone “can’t see the forest for the trees”. This means that they are so involved with the details of a situation that they lose sight of the larger issue. This idiom also applies to investment strategies. Let me explain; if you have ever created a power point slide you understand that white space is just as important as the ...

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How Bad Market News is not as Bad as it Initially Appears

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I wanted to reach out and help you put today’s market news in its proper perspective, especially when the media is reporting particularly steep, global market declines in a vacuum.

If you are okay with ignoring the current headlines and going about your business according to your carefully developed Investment Policy Statement, feel free to continue as you were. Unless you would like to revisit your own risk tolerances or individual ...

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