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Which of Your Investments Will Suffer as Interest Rates Go Up?

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates again. And, more rate increases are in the cards for December of 2018 and into 2019. Which of your investments will prosper and which of your investments will suffer as interest rates go up? CNBC weights in on this question with an article about the best performing stocks in the Dow as interest rates go up.
While stocks like J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Visa do well when rates are surging, Walmart and Coca-Cola struggle.
Walmart averages a loss of 0.8 percent when rates rise 25 basis points or more in one month, the […]

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Simple Steps to Successful Investing

There are many times in life when the “KISS” approach is the best. (KISS = keep it simple, stupid!) Successful investing is one of them. The vast majority of investors have a “day job.” That is to say, they work at something other than managing their investment portfolio. That means that most of us need to follow a few simple steps to successful investing.
Simple Steps to Successful Investing

Take advantage of 401K’s, IRAs, and other tax deferred investment vehicles
Invest in your home
Pay off credit card debt before any other significant investing
Keep your investment vehicles simple

IRA’s and 401 K’s
An IRA is an […]

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Is a Volatile Investment a Risky Investment?

There are times when the short term outlook of an investment or a whole class of investments, like a stock market sector, becomes uncertain. At that time the investment becomes volatile with its price fluctuating rapidly up and down. Many conservative investors choose to avoid such investments because they (the investments) seem risky. But, is a volatile investment a risky investment? Part of the answer depends on the time frame of you investing. If you try to time the market, jumping in and out, you may realize huge profits in a volatile market and you may simply lose all of […]

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Could Your Investments Lose 30% of Their Value Next Year?

Earnings have been driving growth in the stock market. A trade war is developing and we are entering the 9th year of an economic expansion. CNBC writes that 20% earnings growth is not sustainable and predicts that stocks could plummet 20% to 30% next year.
“You could be looking at the first 20 percent-plus decline in the S&P since the financial crisis,” the firm’s chief U.S. strategist said Tuesday on CNBC’s “Futures Now.”
His worst-case scenario is a 30 percent plunge next year.
“Our primary list of concerns is on the earnings front,” Clissold said. “Earnings growth north of 20 percent isn’t sustainable, […]

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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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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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How to Invest without Losing Any Money

No investment is a sure thing, guaranteed to succeed and never lose money. But, there are ways to improve your chances of success and reduce your risk of loss. In this article we look at how to invest without losing any money.
How to Invest without Losing Any Money

Bank deposits with Federal Deposit Insurance
US Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds
Investment Grade AAA and AA Bonds
Long term value investing, intrinsic value

How to Invest without Losing Any Money: Federal Deposit Insurance
The ultimate in investment safety is a bank deposit insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) preserves and […]

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How to Choose an Investment Advisor

It is one thing to invest your first $10,000 and another to successfully invest and manage more substantial amounts of money. First of all, when you first start out investing it is often more important to get you financial house in order than pick the right stocks! But, now what do you do with an inheritance of a quarter of a million or more. Or what if you have sold a successful business for tens of millions of dollars? At this point you are thinking that you need some sound advice about how to invest your money. This brings us […]

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Will You Lose Money When the Interest Rate Goes Up?

The investor community is fretting over interest rates. Inflation is creeping up and the US Federal Reserve is likely to keep raising rates. When rates creep up, the stock market heads down. And if you hold long term bonds they will continue to pay the current low rate even as new bonds pay more. That means you will either sell them at a loss or hold them with their low yield until maturity. Depending on the positioning of your investment portfolio, will you lose money when interest rates to up?
Short versus Long Term Bonds
We recently wrote about tax free municipal […]

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