December 29 2016

Chasing Performance When Choosing Mutual Funds Can Be A Big Mistake

One of the most common investing mistakes is known as “chasing performance.” This occurs when investors base their buy and sell decisions primarily on how a mutual fund or asset class has performed during a previous short-term time period, such as la...

December 21 2016

4 Strategies For Avoiding the Trap of Emotional Investing

One of the biggest mistakes of many investors is making retirement investing decisions based on their emotions. Doing so can lead to buying high and selling low — which is the exact opposite of a successful retirement investing strategy.

December 02 2016

Conservative Investors Should Stay the Course

Conservative investors have probably been frustrated recently. The S&P 500 index of stocks returned a strong 3.70% in November. With a month left to go and the stock index up 9.79% for the year, it’s shaping up to be a good year for the stock mar...

August 30 2016

Will the Upcoming Elections Impact Your Portfolio?

The U.S. Presidential Election is just seventy days away now, and Americans across the country are paying attention to who will sit in the Oval Office for at least the next four years. The candidates offer a stark contrast in personality and backgrou...

March 10 2016

European Central Bank introduces negative interest rates

This morning, the European Central Bank (ECB) introduced negative deposit rates and also cut its main refinancing rate to 0.00%. What this means is that European banks will have to pay the ECB 0.4% of any deposits that they hold with the central bank...

August 26 2015

Don't Be in Stocks If You Need the Money Soon

The stock market has taken a beating recently. Over the four business days from August 20-25, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 354.63, 530.94, 588.40, and 204.91 points, respectively – a decline of 9.68% in all. Whether you are a personal or ...

February 19 2015

Currency Volatility: Behind the Swings in the Foreign Exchange Market

There has been a lot of attention focused on the strengthening of the U.S. dollar over the past year as the currency inches towards parity, or a one-to-one exchange rate, with the euro for the first time since 2002. In fact, currencies across the wor...

January 08 2015

How to Beat the Market Experts

It was hard to miss market pessimists on CNBC and other financial news channels last year. In November of 2014, well-known investor Marc Faber, renewed his claim that the market is poised for a 20% decline in the near future. Plenty of panic also wen...