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Charitable Giving: A Win-Win for Everyone Involved

Donating appreciated securities to charity makes much more sense than first selling the security, paying the taxes and then donating the remaining proceeds to the charity. As the donor, you save money on taxes and receive the full benefit of the tax deduction—and the charity receives the full value Read more…

What Is a Registered Investment Advisor?

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Avoid Hidden Investment Costs

We never cease to be amazed at what little time is spent by the typical investor trying to get a handle on what his or her investing costs are. It’s amazing because, aside from the fact that costs can have a major impact on portfolio returns, they are still the only thing that we, as investors, Read more…

Growth and Value Styles

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Growth of $1.00

The data below, which shows the growth of $1.00 in various asset classes (listed from least risky to most risky), reinforces rather dramatically the fact that the best returns in the stock market do indeed come from owning the riskier parts of the market. Using this type of data to determine the Read more…

Bond Funds or Individual Bonds

From Plancorp’s perspective, the answer for most investors is bond funds. Bond funds, especially in the municipal (tax-exempt) market, can offer many advantages over a portfolio made up of individual bonds… Read more…

Alternative Investments

Listed below are some of the risks and considerations associated with hedge fund investing: Read more…

Compounded vs. Annual Returns

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The Ten Deadly Investment Sins

The stock market can be a difficult enough place to make money as it is, but to suggest that you can make certain investing mistakes that are so profound as to be classified as “sins” could be taking it a bit too far. Read more…

The Active Vs. Passive Debate

Eventually, there comes a time when every investor must make a choice: Whether to invest to achieve future economic objectives or to invest for entertainment. Unfortunately, they usually don’t go hand in hand. If investing for pleasure and entertainment is your purpose, then you have a legitimate Read more…

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