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Jan 23 2015

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Why Traveling In Mexico Is Both Safe And Great

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OK, if you read U.S. headlines, you wouldn’t visit Mexico. I get that.  The media smears Mexico.  It’s like reporting on Jennifer Lopez’s looks, but focusing on a wart she might have on one of her toes.  No image or talk of her lovely face and body. If you think Mexico is dangerous, let me …

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Jan 14 2015

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Five Big Perks To Living And Working in the U.S.A.

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Many say that America is no longer the land of opportunity.  Times have changed. Years ago, the new world offered what old Europe didn’t. Land cost less.  People could make more money.  Feeding and raising a family was supposed to be easier. Much has changed since boatloads of starry-eyed immigrants followed the first settlers. But …

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Jan 07 2015

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What International Teachers And Administrators Need To Know About Investing

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    Robert Landau knows a thing or two about teaching. He has worked overseas for four decades.  He has spent the past 25 years working as a school superintendent in Switzerland, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China, Cambodia, and Singapore. But there’s one thing that bugs him.  A lot.  “Many schools allow investment ‘salesmen’ through …

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Dec 30 2014

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Three Questions That Bruise The Small Cap Performance Myth

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Most of us believe that small stocks outperform large stocks.  Studies agree. But were those studies correct?  Perhaps not.    Read the latest in my AssetBuilder column  

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Dec 23 2014

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How Non-Americans Might Have To Pay U.S. Estate Taxes

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  Are you a non-American expat who owns shares in Apple, Google, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson or a U.S. index? If the answer is yes, your heirs might have to pay U.S. Estate Taxes when you die.  You’ve never stepped foot on U.S. soil? That doesn’t matter.   It’s important Image courtesy of pixabay.com Please …

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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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