How to Add 50 Percent To Your Investment Portfolio

Can a 40-year-old run a four minute mile on a diet of Mars bars and Cheetos? 

It’s about as likely as building a portfolio of actively managed mutual funds and (over a lifetime) expecting it to keep pace with a portfolio of index funds, after all taxes and expenses.

If you’re already on track, however, with an efficient portfolio of indexes, how can you juice your investment account even further?  Coupling your portfolio with highly touted hedge funds or gambling with puts and options could act as a short term investment steroid (if you’re lucky) but like disgraced sprinter Marion Jones and others who were caught, such shortcuts bring short term glory and long term pain.

Fortunately, there’s a far easier way to increase the size of your eventual retirement account without increasing your risks.

Read the Article to Find out how…

Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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  2. Great post Andrew 🙂

    Yes, it's all about CONSCIOUS spending. Instead of treating ourselves to a daily coffee at Starbucks (and getting fat in the midsection to boot), thinking about our goals is a great motivator to decrease costs.

    To be honest I've fallen off the documenting track but hope to get back on it.

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