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Trend & Momentum Investing

Most people invest passively. That is, they direct money into an investment account or portfolio that is passively managed. Passive investment management, characterized by long time horizons and very little buying or selling, certainly has its merits. It can also have serious demerits in a bear market or within a poorly performing sector.  

When Will Stocks Stabilize?

January may prove to be the worst month for stocks in eight years. The S&P 500 just corrected for the second time in five months, and some investors think the bull market may be ending.

Your Year-End Financial Checklist

The end of a year makes us think about last-minute things we need to address and good habits we want to start keeping. To that end, here are seven aspects of your financial life to think about as this year leads into the next...

Why DIY Investment Management Is Such a Risk

If you ever have the inkling to manage your investments on your own, that inkling is worth reconsidering. Do-it-yourself investment management is generally a bad idea for the retail investor for myriad reasons.

How aggressive should you be when investing for retirement?

The conventional wisdom has traditionally been that you should invest aggressively when you're young and then move gradually toward a more conservative approach.

What Does the Devalued Yuan Mean for the U.S.?

China has surprised global investors by weakening the yuan almost 5%. Its central bank may even weaken it further.

Are Alternative Investments Right For Your Portfolio?

In recent years it would be difficult to read any financial newspaper or website without seeing headlines about “alternative investments”. This term is rarely defined by media accounts but seems to encompass hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure investments, as well as real estate.

How Might Higher Inflation Affect Your Investments?

America once experienced something called “moderate inflation.” It may seem like a distant memory, but it could very well return in the second half of this decade.

Understanding Greece and the European Debt Situation

For the past several weeks, attention has focused on the debt crisis plaguing Greece and the contentious negotiations with its creditors. The situation in Europe is probably affecting your portfolio to some degree right now. But how can the problems of a country so small and so far away create such turmoil in the world's financial markets?

Long-Term Investment Truths

You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others you glean along the way.   

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