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Archive for July, 2018


How Do You Choose an Investment to Buy and Hold?

The richest people in the world started successful companies or bought into them. And these people retain ownership over the years. You may be too late to found Microsoft, Walmart, Amazon.com, or Berkshire Hathaway but you can follow the examples of these folks. Buy and hold value investing, when you choose the right investments, results in profits that continue for years and years. Why does this approach work? And, how to do you choose an investment to buy and hold?
How Do You Choose an Investment to Buy and Hold: Why Does This Work?
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Is There a Best Time to Put Your Money into an ETF?

ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) have become an increasingly popular means of investing in stocks. Today we consider this. Is there a best time to put your money into an ETF? But first, here is a little refresher about ETFs. Many investors have switched from mutual funds to ETFs. Investopedia explains the difference between exchange-traded funds and mutual funds.
ETFs trade throughout the trading day, like stocks, while mutual funds trade only at the end of the day at the net asset value (NAV) price. Most ETFs track a particular index and as a result have lower operating expenses than actively-invested mutual […]

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Can You Profitably Time an Investment Cycle?

Profitable investing comes from picking the right asset classes to invest in and handling your investments in such a way as to avoid losing money, instead of gaining profits. The value of an investment comes from its expected future returns. This expected future ROI is what intrinsic value is based on. And, as the economy rises and falls, so do the value of investments. What investors are willing to pay for an investment rises and falls with market sentiment. Thus the economy and the perceptions of other investors help drive an investment cycle. The best time to invest is at […]

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How Do You Choose Which Assets Classes to Invest In?

You have enough money to start investing. But, before you consider how to start investing in the stock market, you want to get your financial house in order. Our article on that subject suggests that the first thing to do is pay off your credit cards and the second is to buy your own home. Once you have a rainy day fund in the bank for emergencies you want to consider investments. The stock market is a good choice but it not the only one. What other asset classes are there? Stocks, bonds, short term investments (cash), and real estate […]

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Importance of Not Losing Money When Investing

The bull market is aging and a potentially damaging trade war is ramping up. With investment risks in mind, we have written a lot recently about investing without losing money, what criteria to choose investments, safe investments for retirement, and the risks of offshore investing. A recurring theme has been the importance of not losing money when investing. One does not need to look any farther than a Warren Buffett quote to understand the importance of this subject. The Oracle of Omaha said that the first rule of investing in not to lose money and the second rule is not […]

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Picking Safe Investments for Retirement

There is a difference between investments that are currently making money for you and investments that will be safe into your retirement years. A sad example of investors who did not exercise due diligence with their investments is the Bernie Madoff pyramid scheme. One hundred seventy-six individuals, banks, pension funds, and charities were invested with Madoff and happy to be getting a great return on their money. When the Madoff house of cards collapsed there were $65 billion in faked gains and investors lost about $18 billion of their investment capital. Picking safe investments for retirement is a skill separate […]

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Most Reliable Criteria for Picking Investments

The stock market has had an impressive rally. Those who chose the right stocks a few years ago have done very well. Anyone who bought Apple in November of 2008 for $12.88 a share has a stock that today is selling for $189 a share. Likewise, Alphabet (Google) sold for $142 a share in December of 2008 and sells for $1,120 today. On the other hand, General Electric sold for $8 a share in January of 2009 and sells for $13 today. How could you have predicted which of these investments would go up in value and which would stagnate? […]

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What Are Today’s Foreign Investment Opportunities?

The clock is ticking down to trade wars between the USA and China, the USA and the European Union, and the USA and both Mexico and Canada. We just wrote about which offshore investments are risky. But, what are today’s foreign investment opportunities? We wrote about foreign direct investment as a guide to where opportunities lie within and outside of the USA. That was in 2014. The same year we noted that offshore investment timing is important as well. That would certainly seem to be the case today with the risk of a global recession due to a trade war […]

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Which Offshore Investments are Risky?

As the US stock market cools off, many investors may be looking outside of America for investment opportunities. When doing so, it is a good idea to consider which offshore investments hold promise and which offshore investments are risky. Last year we asked, why aren’t you investing offshore?
The best deals in stocks today are not in the USA but in foreign markets. Why aren’t you investing offshore?
The United Nations World Investment Report for 2016 shows which countries investment money is flowing into and in what amounts. In 2015 money flowing into Asia and Europe each exceeded that flowing into North […]

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