Category Archive: Andrew’s Articles

Dec 18 2014

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Are Index Fund Investors Simply Smarter?

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We hear a lot about the low costs of index funds.  Sure, they outperform most actively managed funds.  As a result, many people assume that those who buy index funds are simply smarter.  But investors’ intelligence can be measured in other ways.  Those that buy high and sell low are fools.  And it appears that …

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Dec 18 2014

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Top Ten Tips For International School Teachers To Build A Solid Retirement

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Many international school teachers don’t think enough about retirement.  And that’s understandable.  The whole concept can seem confusing. But it isn’t.  And those who fail to plan are planning to fail. That could mean eating dog food instead of gourmet, during your golden years. So, what are the top 10 tips for international school teachers to …

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Dec 16 2014

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In Defence of Advisors Who Sell Variable Annuities

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“How could my financial advisor have done this to me?”  Many ask this question after they buy a variable annuity.  You’ve heard that most of these products are nasty. Some say high fees burden them. Others complain that they’re inflexible. They penalize investors who try to sell before a predetermined date. Wall Street Journal writer Matthias …

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Dec 03 2014

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Why Vanguard’s Balanced Index Fund Could Be An Investor’s Panacea

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You’re sitting at a fancy new restaurant. The ambience is perfect.  “Your taste buds will tango,” says the celebrated chef.  The back of the menu oozes with promise. We have award-winning chefs.  We grow our own organic herbs.   We butcher your meat and catch your fish the second you place an order. At some …

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Dec 01 2014

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Expats In Norway: Build A Stronger Portfolio With Norwegian Stocks

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Investors in Norwegian stocks keep getting dumped from a chair lift. Over the past three years, they have risen, fallen, risen and fallen again. Since January, Norwegian stocks have fallen nearly 10 percent. Since November 2010, when GlobalXFunds created an ETF to track the Norwegian market, Norwegian stocks have gained just 2.03 percent. In contrast, …

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Nov 26 2014

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Canadians: Three Good Investment Books You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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In 1973, three years before Vanguard created its first index fund, Burton Malkiel wrote the classic book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street. It ruffled plenty of Wall Street suits. The Princeton economics professor argued that actively managed mutual funds were a waste of money. He said most of them perform poorly compared to their index …

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Nov 25 2014

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How To Live Better, Travel More, And Work A Lot Less

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Sandi Gelles-Cole has worked in the publishing industry for more than 30 years.  She’s an editor, author and writing coach.  But things are getting tough. “Big publishers are outsourcing fewer projects,” she says, “and authors are paying much less for free-lance editors.”  Such changes have slashed her income. Instead of working harder for less and …

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Nov 18 2014

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Experts Say Stocks Are Going To Crash — So What Are You Going To Do About IT?

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Last week, my friend Simon emailed me in a panic. “I just read that stocks are going to crash,” he wrote. “Should I trade my stocks for bonds or cash?” He linked to a November 6, 2014 article in MoneyNews,Warning: Stocks Will Collapse By 50 Percent. Even the hearts of stoic investors skip a few …

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