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Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market

Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market

Some investment professionals encourage investors to diversify and balance their portfolios with bonds. But what are bonds, and what role can they play in your portfolio? Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment, and may play a role in the balancing act in investment portfolios. They can also deliver a reliable stream of income, particularly in retirement. Think of ...

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Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?
September 20, 2017

Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?

Massive natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma take relatively little time to devastate entire cities; recovering and rebuilding of course takes a very long ...

REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord
September 18, 2017

REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord

So you’ve inherited some property and don't particularly like the vision you’re having of your future self as a curmudgeonly landlord bent over a leaky toilet your ...

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Growth Investing among Large-Cap Stocks: Back in Vogue?
September 13, 2017

Growth Investing among Large-Cap Stocks: Back in Vogue?

Is investing in growth stocks, and particularly those with large market capitalization, back in vogue? If the performance of the Russell 1000 Growth Index (RLG) ...

Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment
September 11, 2017

Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment

Many yield-seeking investors look to stocks that have historically paid high dividends as a potential means of ...

Here’s Another Anchor for Diversification: ETFs
September 7, 2017

Here’s Another Anchor for Diversification: ETFs

Looking for a way to ride out the ups and downs that may be inescapable for long-term investments? Diversification can be a safe harbor, and exchanged ...

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Does Where You Live Influence Your Portfolio? A New Quiz Reveals Results
September 4, 2017

Does Where You Live Influence Your Portfolio? A New Quiz Reveals Results

Have you ever stopped to wonder if the state your investment portfolio calls home is the same state you...

Hurricane Harvey's Reminder: What Investors Can and Can’t Control
August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey's Reminder: What Investors Can and Can’t Control

Weather is the ultimate risk factor – it affects everyone, but none of us have any control over it. Mother Nature does what she does. That’s important for investors to keep in mind as the Houston region grapples with ...

Life Happens: Have You Tweaked Your Portfolio Along the Way?
August 28, 2017

Life Happens: Have You Tweaked Your Portfolio Along the Way?

Life happens. One day, you’re a carefree 24-year-old touring craft breweries and rocking at live concerts. Before you know it, you’re sniffling and waving goodbye...

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A Well-Drafted Portfolio Should be No Fantasy – Key “Positions” to Fill
August 23, 2017

A Well-Drafted Portfolio Should be No Fantasy – Key “Positions” to Fill

Investing and business news is rife with football-related analogies, from basic “blocking and tackling,” to “crossing the goal line” to “Hail Marys.” It only makes ...

Know the Ropes of Long-Term Investing? Take This Quiz
August 21, 2017

Know the Ropes of Long-Term Investing? Take This Quiz

So you think you know the long-term investment strategy game, do you? But how long is long term? A year? Ten years? Twenty-five years? A lifetime? And how do you ...

Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing
August 17, 2017

Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing

As a young investor, you will likely favor a stock-focused portfolio to take advantage of higher growth potential, despite the added risk. With many more years ahead ...

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N. Korea Tensions Offer Investors Chance to Assess Risk Tolerance
August 16, 2017

N. Korea Tensions Offer Investors Chance to Assess Risk Tolerance

Risk is everywhere. A big part of an investor’s job is recognizing and accounting for that reality in your strategy and decisions. The recent escalation in U.S. ...

Mutual Funds: How to Find the Fund that Best Matches Your Goals
August 14, 2017

Mutual Funds: How to Find the Fund that Best Matches Your Goals

Many financial advisors view mutual funds as one path for new investors to jump into the markets and a way to accomplish portfolio diversification. But how do you ...

July Jobs Report Mini-Mystery: What’s Up With Wages?
August 9, 2017

July Jobs Report Mini-Mystery: What’s Up With Wages?

There’s a bit of a mystery afoot. It’s not a whodunit being investigated by your favorite TV sleuth or a missing person case for those-prime time lawyers to solve in ...

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Mutual Funds: Looking to Boost Your Portfolio Diversification?
August 7, 2017

Mutual Funds: Looking to Boost Your Portfolio Diversification?

Looking for diversification in your portfolio, but crunched for time, or maybe you have little investment experience? Mutual funds might be one answer. Because mutual ...

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