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Asset Allocation is in Serious Decline

As the CIO of Sungarden Fund Mgmt writes:  "MPT works well in strong markets and over periods of declining interest rates.  This decade will likely see the turning point of that story, and I suspect that many financial planning firms will fight that trend, as they did...

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Lessons From a Trading Great: Stanley Druckenmiller

SmartStops comments:  If you study successful investors, you will find that they don't necessarily follow a diversification rule.  That was created many many years ago with the advent of Modern Portfolio Theory however even MPT has morphed now.  Read more about some...

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In Defense of Market Timing – a study that will shock you!

The general investing public has been told that market timing is a high risk proposition. Most of what has been written about the topic focuses on its failure and the risk investors take when trying to time the market. A typical study focuses only on the negative consequences of missing a few particular up days in the market – calculating the negative financial impact of missing those days and concluding that attempting to time the market is foolish. The biggest fallacy with these studies is

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Are these financial rules of thumb outdated?

Are you using outdated investing methods?   The stock market changes from year to year, and one would think that the way we should approach investing would shift as well. That doesn't seem to be the case, according to MarketWatch columnist Mark Jafee. In this article...

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Common mistakes that investors make with dividend stocks

Despite their ability to generate steady income, dividend stocks were largely ignored by individual investors for decades as they were considered to be old fashioned. During the tech boom of the late 1990s, they became even less popular, as traders were more...

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The risk of exotic investment opportunities

Individual investors have a growing number of places where they can put their money besides the traditional stock, bond, currency and commodities markets. Private-equity mutual funds, startup businesses and even professional athletes are offering part of their...

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Close to retirement? Don’t make these investing mistakes

Age can influence the financial decision-making process, argue the editors of a new book about how people invest. In "Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing," authors H. Kent Baker and Victor Ricciardi suggest that people...

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Don’t forget these standard investing tips

Overall, 2013 has been a very good year for the stock market. The Dow and S&P reached record highs, and the economy has seen significant progress 2013 may be an anomaly, however, according to Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial. In his...

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Common investor mistake: Following the advice of pundits

There's nothing wrong with paying attention to financial news and commentary. If fact, staying abreast of market trends is a key part of actively managing your portfolio. The problem arises when you make decisions about your money based on what you've read or seen...

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Should you only invest in what you know?

You may be familiar with the investment strategy of Peter Lynch, Fidelity Investment's legendary portfolio manager. His simple philosophy of "invest in what you know" has resonated with many individual investors who don't have the time to read complicated reports or...

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Robert Shiller warns of equity market bubble

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller recently expressed concerns that the sharp rise in equity prices could signal the formation of a financial bubble. In an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, the Yale professor and co-creator of the S&P...

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The investing gender gap

More women than ever before are the breadwinners in their households, and - albeit slowly - the pay gap between men and women is closing. While the sexes are becoming more equal in the home, personal investing seems to be a different matter. Financial services is...

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Why young people should invest in the stock market

We often think of investors as professionals with significant savings who also have a hefty 401(k) or individual retirement account. It doesn't take much money to invest in the stock market, however, and young adults, even college students, should consider...

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Common habits of successful investors

Investing in the stock market doesn't have to be a gamble if you have good  habits.. As an individual investor, it can sometimes seem like the stock market is impossible to beat. But you've also heard plenty of stories about regular folks like you making good...

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Is taking fewer risks the key to success?

In the world of investing and beyond, you've probably heard at least a few times that you must take risks to be successful. So, trading in questionable stocks should yield great rewards, right? Wrong, according to MarketWatch financial analyst Brett...

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Who is looking out for the individual investor?

Immediately following the 2008 financial market crash, there was outrage. Americans were angry that instead of punishing banks for wrecking the economy, the federal government gave them more money - money that was used to pay executives unprecedented bonuses. Main...

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Nobel Prize winner discusses today’s market

Robert Schiller was among two other Nobel Prize winners in economics, recognized for his work in developing analytical models that more accurately depict the efficiency of financial markets. Whether or not you, as investors, agree with his ideas, it's clear that...

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