Category Archive: AssetBuilder

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 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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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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Nov 11 2014

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How You Could Benefit From A Foreign Affair

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The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.  At least, that’s what more than 7 million Americans must think.  Many packed their bags with kids in tow. They jumped on planes, trains or automobiles and left the United States. You might even know some of them.  A middle class family in your neighborhood …

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Nov 07 2014

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The World’s Best Investment Strategy That Nobody Seems To Like

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  Let me show you an investment strategy that has had only four losing years since 1971.  Its ugliest drop was in 1981 when it fell just 4.1 percent.  In 2008, when stocks dropped about 37 percent, it lost less than 1 percent. This portfolio makes sense. Why?  Because, as recorded by Richard H. Thaler, …

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Oct 29 2014

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How much money does a couple need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico?

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How much money do you need to retire in Lake Chapala, Mexico? If you’re earning Social Security benefits, the payments would likely be more than enough.  But for my expatriate friends….assuming you earned just $500 per month (2015 equivalent) from Social Security and you sold 4% of a stock and bond market portfolio each year, here …

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