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Lessons Investors Can Learn from Their Fantasy Football Teams

The 2016 National Football League season is finally here. Productivity nose-dives while friendly competition increases between friends as nearly 60 million people across the US and Canada begin their first week of fantasy football. Despite the difference in scale, financial markets and fantasy Read more…

Emerging Markets: Worth a Closer Look

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10 Investing Tips From Successful Women

Women are empowered in so many ways today, but unfortunately, finance is not among the top categories. The concept of gender equality still has a ways to go in the investment world. Read more…

Definition of Key Terms

Index Fund An index fund is a mutual fund whose portfolio seeks to replicate the performance of some financial benchmark either by owning a representative sample of the stocks contained in that benchmark or by owning all of them. An index is passively managed which means, unlike actively managed Read more…

The Failure of Active Management

For the past 11 years, the S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) Scorecard has been the de facto scorekeeper of the active versus passive debate, and last month they released their mid-year update. Below is a graphic of active funds that failed to beat their respective index. As you can see, the Read more…

The Collective Knowledge of Markets

Meet Penelope the cow. NPR’s Planet Money asked the internet how much Penelope weighed and got 17,205 responses. The average of all the responses was 1,287 pounds and the actual weight was 1,355 pounds. The average was off by only five percent. This experiment, which was originally conducted in Read more…

Stock Market Correction

I wrote an article at the beginning of the summer titled Volatility is Not the Enemy. I remember thinking it would be the perfect article for whenever the market had a correction. Since it had been nearly four years since the last correction, I figured it should be published and referred back to Read more…

Bond Portfolio Basics

Individual investors never seem very interested in their bond portfolio. Maybe it’s because bonds lack the sense of identity that often comes with owning a stock. Think about it: nobody brags out about lending money to Apple, they brag about owning Apple. In addition, you can theoretically own a Read more…

The Impact of Rising Rates on Your Bond Portfolio

Rising interest rates have been a concern among bond investors for many years. The Federal Reserve is signaling that they remain on track to raise interest rates in 2015, which means that the wait may be finally over. While the Fed may raise short-term interest rates in 2015, longer-term rates are Read more…

Volatility as the New Normal

If, as many investment experts are saying today, volatility is the new normal in equity markets, it makes even more sense than ever to structure a portfolio that can help isolate you to some extent from these major market swings. Read more…