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20 Second Advisor: Coronavirus and Investment Markets

NOTE: Given the topic, this post is slightly longer than 20 seconds 🙂 In light of the recent COVID-19 epidemic and it’s effect on some investment markets, we wanted to try and put it in perspective. First, let’s remember the doctors, patients, and families who are directly dealing with the virus. We encourage you to…

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20 Second Advisor: ETFs vs Mutual Funds

We have a lot of clients asking about the differences between ETFs and mutual funds (active and passive). Determining whether an ETF or mutual fund is better depends on your situation and what you are trying to accomplish. Here are a few key points to remember: ETFs are traded more like stocks, while mutual funds…

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20 Second Advisor: Trading Stocks Just Got A Lot Cheaper.

This week Charles Schwab announced that they will no longer charge for online trading of stocks, ETFs, and options. Prior to the announcement, Schwab was charging $4.95 per trade. Just this morning, TD Ameritrade also announced that they will cease charging customers trading commissions for online trades of stocks, ETFs, and options (see the official…

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20 Second Advisor: Why you should diversify globally

We all know that US stocks have significantly outperformed international stocks in recent years. Because of this and the fact that many US based multinationals are major players in the world economy, many clients have asked whether international diversification is unnecessary. Not at all. A few reasons to continue investing internationally: International stocks represent about…

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20 Second Advisor: Wild Returns – Why You’ll Rarely Have A 10% Return (in a given year).

I often try to gauge a client’s understanding of investing by asking, “What is your return expectation/hope for your portfolio?” Conservative investors will often want 4-6% returns. Aggressive investors may hope for higher returns (maybe 8-10%). Unfortunately, it is VERY rare to get returns in this range. Investing is all about bearing the UNCERTAINTY of…

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