Unrealized Loss and Gain

What they are; why they matter.   For many investors, it can be tempting to think of one’s portfolio in terms of “gains” or “losses.” True, this is a central concept to understanding market behavior, but to truly maximize your investing knowledge, you also need to know about “unrealized gains,” “unrealized losses,” and how they […]

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The Problem of Money Paralysis

Not making a move may not always be the best move to make.   A decision not made may have financial consequences. Sometimes, we fall prey to a kind of money paralysis, in which financial indecision is regarded as a form of “safety.”   Retirement seems to heighten this tendency. If you are single and […]

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Major Risks to Family Wealth

Will your accumulated assets be threatened by them?   All too often, family wealth fails to last. One generation builds a business – or even a fortune – and it is lost in ensuing decades. Why does it happen, again and again?   Often, families fall prey to serious money blunders. Classic mistakes are made; […]

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Reducing the Risk of Outliving Your Money

What steps might help you sustain and grow your retirement savings?   “What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers. In fact, 61% of investors surveyed for a 2018 AIG retirement study ranked outliving their […]

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Why DIY Investment Management Is Such a Risk

Paying attention to the wrong things becomes all too easy.   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.   Getting caught up in the moment. When you are watching […]

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Long-Term Investing Truths

Key lessons for retirement savers.   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.     First and foremost, you learn to shut out much of the “noise.” News outlets take the […]

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The Investment Risk You May Not Know About

What can you do to allay this risk?                        Knowledgeable investors are aware that investing in the capital markets presents any number of risks – interest-rate risk, company risk, and market risk. Risk is an inseparable companion to the potential for long-term growth. Some of the investment risks we face can be mitigated through […]

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Bad Money Habits to Break

Behaviors worth changing.   Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, now is as good a time as any to alter your behavior.   #1: Lending money to family & friends. You may know […]

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