Apr 25 2013

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International Teachers: Are you investing enough money?

To find out if you’re saving enough money, use my free, 13 minute seminar below:

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Nov 05 2012

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Calling Fee-Based Financial Advisors

I want to profile (and encourage business for) financial advisors acting as true fiduciaries to their clients.

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Mar 25 2015

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Do Vanguard’s Indexes Beat Their Own Actively Managed Funds?

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Vanguard founder, John Bogle, is investing’s Pied Piper. 

He first blew his pipe in 1976.  Things started slowly.  But eventually, legions followed him into index funds. 

Actively managed funds, he says, are mostly a waste of money.  They earn lower returns because their fees are higher. 

But Bogle owns at least one actively managed fund—and it has thrashed the market.

It’s called the Vanguard Windsor fund. If $10,000 were invested in it from August 1976 until March 3, 2015, it would have grown to $967,947 versus $581,814 for Vanguard’s S&P 500 index. 

Few people think of Vanguard as an actively managed mutual fund company.  But it has more active funds than index funds. 

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Mar 17 2015

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Teachers Can Save A Small Fortune At These Schools Abroad

 

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Last year, elementary school counselor Nathan Schelble bought a $280,000 home in East Aurora, New York. 

He paid cash.  It took him just three years to save the money.

No, he wasn’t running a drug business like the teacher in Breaking Bad. 

Instead, he and his wife, Stacie , had worked for 6 years at Singapore American School (SAS).  Their nine-year old daughter attended for free. 

It’s one of a few dozen international schools where teachers might be able to save as much as the average doctor or lawyer.  

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Mar 10 2015

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How To Retire Ten Years Ahead of Schedule

vietnam-beach-sunsetThere are two common ways to retire a full decade before Mr. and Mrs. Jones. 

The first isn’t rocket science. Avoid consumer debt and invest early.  If you invested $375 per month from age 20 to 55, you would have more than a million dollars if you averaged 9 percent.

But few have the foresight (or the resources) to invest from such a young age. Most people start later.  Life can also jam a pump in their spokes.  A job loss, divorce, or higher than expected educational costs can send them to the pavement. 

It is possible, however, to retire with a lot less than you might think.

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Mar 03 2015

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Don’t Follow The Crowd Into The Wrong Index Funds

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Currently, the most popular index funds in the United States are “currency hedged” ETFs.

In this article, I explain what they are.

And I try to convince you not to buy them.

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“Popular” doesn’t mean smart

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Feb 24 2015

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Why The World’s Fastest Growing Economy Could Be The World’s Worst Investment

 

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Everybody knows that China is the world’s fastest growing economy. 

What you might not know, is that investing in its stock market could be a sucker’s game. 

I explain China’s poor performance in my latest AssetBuilder article

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Feb 18 2015

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Nine Year Old Spends Thousands Without Her Parents Knowing

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“You wouldn’t believe what happened at work today,” said my friend, Keith Ferrell.

He helps teachers and students integrate technology into elementary school classrooms.  As we talked over dinner, he shared a crazy (but all too common) story.  A nine-year old girl at his school had spent $3,711 on a variety of online games.  She racked up the bill in just three weeks—right under her parents’ noses.

Your child couldn’t do that?  That’s what her parents thought.  The fourth grader downloaded free apps through iTunes. Dragon Mania Legends was one of her favorites. Her parents’ credit card was linked to her iPad.  At some point, her parents must have used her iPad to make an online purchase. 

After that, the little girl bought whatever game upgrades she wanted. 

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Feb 14 2015

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Can Your Investments Earn Strong Returns With Almost No Risk?

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Can Your Investments Earn Strong Returns With Almost No Risk?

I answer “yes” to that question.

Listen to the Podcast at MoneyTreePodcast.com

 

 

 

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Feb 04 2015

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Too Many Investment Choices Limit Our Wealth

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We often think that investment options are a good thing. 

But studies may prove otherwise.

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Check out my article at AssetBuilder.com

 

 

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