ETFs and Mutual Funds

Target Date Funds – A Good Retirement Strategy For Those With Limited Time and Investment Expertise

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Target date funds are mutual funds that are professionally managed with asset allocations and risk profiles set to change along a glide path reflecting your target retirement date. For example you would be buy a 2040 target date fund if you expect to retire around the year 2040. Or put another way, Bill who is […]

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Buying Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

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With higher inflation looming on the horizon thanks to the extraordinary increase in the money supply from all the government spending on stimulus and bailouts, many investors are rushing into purchasing “inflation protection” via Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS). These securities are essentially government-issued bonds whose principal grows with rising inflation and pay a fixed interest rate […]

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How to Invest in Stocks, ETFs and Mutual Funds – A Beginners Guide to Investing

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With the economy showing continued signs of improvement and financial markets making a strong recovery (example: Wall Street exec’s are back to paying themselves big bonuses), many would be investors are more willing to invest in the stock market in order to earn higher than average returns. Investing in this day and age is easy […]

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How Do I Go About Investing in Mutual Funds Cheaply

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The title of this post was based on a question I recently received from a reader – Ben – who was new to equity investing and wanted to get some basic advice on investing in the stock market. He has about $5,000 to kick start his portfolio and wanted a simple, low-cost way to invest […]

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Leveraged Inverse ETFs – The Quickest Way to Double or Triple your Exposure from Financials (UYG) to Resources (DIG)

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What are the hottest investments currently on Wall Street? You’d be surprised, but the answer is leveraged exchange traded funds (ETF’s). In March alone, over 3.5 billion of new funds poured into these type of investments according to the WSJ. Leveraged ETFs offer double or even triple the daily return of a market index. Some […]

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Banking on a Rally for a Quick Trading Profit

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Financial stocks have taken a battering over the last week with steep falls across the board, including the big banks such as Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC) and JP Morgan Chase (JPM) which have all fallen more than 25% to record lows. The reasons behind the falls are primarily due to a re-emergence of […]

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Investment ideas from Barron’s/Value Line Fund Manager Survey

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Here are some excerpts from the latest Barron’s/Value Line survey which provides insight into where the top-ranked mutual-fund managers are investing and their outlook for the year ahead. The survey aims to identify investment professionals who consistently beat peers with similar investment objectives over a period of at least three years, without undue volatility in […]

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Is India the right investment right for you? 2 ETFs to consider

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Last week, PowerShares India Portfolio (NYSE: PIN) became the second pure-play India-focused ETF, after last month’s launch of WisdomTree’s India Earnings Fund (NYSE: EPI). The PowerShares fund is market-cap weighted, adjusted for foreign fund access, and covers 50 India-listed companies and Indian American depositary receipts). Representing a broad swath of the Indian stock market, the […]

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