ESG investing is gaining traction, and it’s no wonder. Research increasingly shows that this investing method can reduce portfolio risk, generate competitive investment returns, and help investors feel good about the stocks that they own. But first, what is it? In short, ESG investing is the consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance factors alongside financial factors…

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It’s in the news: “Inflation is on the rise!” So what? We haven’t had high inflation in a long time. If we experience short-term inflation related to COVID supply chain issues, that’s not too bad. If we experience long-term inflation and price increases are “here to stay” for a while, then investors should make sure…

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With US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios. While non-US equities have recently delivered disappointing results, it is important to remember that investing globally provides valuable diversification benefits. Have a look at the chart below. We see…

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I’ll be the first to tell you that cryptocurrencies are exciting. While it is exciting to see its sharp rise in popularity, it is important to understand whether it has a role in a diversified portfolio. Putting aside squabbles over the future value of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, here are a few issues you should…

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Investors often think of gold as a hedge against inflation. As Exhibit 1 shows, however, gold has been about 15 times more volatile than inflation. Over the period from January 1970 – December 2019, the annualized compound return for gold was 7.81% with a volatility of 19.24%. For comparison, the annual inflation rate has been 3.91% with…

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Let’s be honest – most of us don’t really understand inflation. The dictionary defines inflation as: 1“a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services.” In a nutshell, inflation is when prices go up. But why is that…

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In any given year, it’s nearly impossible to predict what the market will do (case in point: 2020). Furthermore, it’s incredibly difficult for an individual to put together a portfolio that generates market-beating returns for a given year, much less consistently over time. According to new data from S&P Dow Jones Indices, 60.3% of large-cap equity fund…

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If you are over 70, you likely must take a distribution from your IRA each year. This is a taxable distribution so it increases your taxable income. Alternatively, you are allowed to divert some or all of your required IRA distribution to a qualified charity. If you do this, it’s not recognized as income and,…

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