Posts tagged Personal Finance
Why Invest Globally?

 You will note in the table below that over the last year the S&P 500 (U.S. stocks) has outperformed its international counterpart by more than 22%!  This disparity in performance becomes even more magnified when considering 10 year and 15 year performance numbers.  In fact, U.S stocks have outpaced foreign stocks by about 2.5% annually for the last 15 years! So why is it important to take a global perspective when investing for the long term?

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Successful Investing: Don't Be Your Own Worst Enemy

A number of studies have shown that investor behavioral biases have an enormous impact on investment returns for the average investor. Given the emotional component of investing, it is important to recognize that, while we cannot avoid these feelings, gaining an understanding of common behavioral biases may help us avoid acting on these emotions.

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Understanding Risk—Capacity, Tolerance, Perception & Risk Required

This article explores four elements of an investor's risk profile - risk capacity, risk required, risk tolerance and risk perception. Understanding each type of risk is an essential element of building an investment portfolio that can both meet your specific investment needs, while allowing you to sleep easy during times of personal and financial stress.

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Intra-Family Planning: 5 Wealth Transfer Strategies to Consider

Through hard work and sound financial planning, some find themselves in situations in which they are contemplating intra-family financial planning. That is, identifying financial planning techniques that can be used to financially strengthen the next generation—children and grandchildren.

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Which Portfolio Accounting Method is Best?

How do you track the cost basis on investments held in your taxable portfolio? What portfolio accounting method does your broker, custodian or advisor report to you or your CPA? This is a decision that, for some investors, can save thousands of dollars in taxes and ultimately make a significant difference in a portfolio’s after-tax rate of return.

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