Tag Archives: Investments
“Mutual Funds” – open, closed, ETF – what’s the difference?
“Mutual Fund” – a pooled investment structure, with professional management and typically holding a diversified portfolio allowing multiple share holders to own a slice of such a portfolio easily. But we often hear people talking about mutual funds and comparing them to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Closed-ended funds (CEFs). First, note that ETFs and […]
IRA Number Soup
All those tax-related forms which come with having an IRA, what they mean, and what to do with them. IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account (or, possibly, the collection of all such accounts), and each IRA account you have generates a small torrent of paperwork, both throughout the year and after the end of the […]
Stock Market Volatility
January 20, 2016 – Stock Market Volatility “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” ― Benjamin Graham In other words, there’s always a disconnect between prices and values. In the short run, markets move, sometimes hard and fast — and often very […]
Five Things Investors Should NOT Do Now (WSJ/Zweig)
Jason Zweig hits it right on the head. Must-read for all investors. Summary:1. Don’t fixate on the news2. Don’t panic3. Don’t be complacent4. Don’t get hung up on the talk of a “correction”5. Don’t think you — or anyone else — knows what will happen next Read #5 again. And again. It drives all the […]
Who’s Training Your Advisor? And let’s talk about conflicts of interest…
Another great column from Jason Zweig over at the Wall Street Journal: <http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/02/14/whos-training-your-retirement-navigator/> In it, he starts with the big issue — there’s a lot of money on the table in the world of retirement savings and, especially, those huge balances growing in people’s 401(k) accounts, many of which will be rolled over in some form […]
Zvi Bodie, TIPs, Zero-Cost Collars and Equity Risks
Major piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Why Stocks are Riskier Than You Think” by Zvi Bodie and Rachelle Taqqu http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577221052377253224.html?mod=googlenews_wsj (Of course, Bodie and Taqqu are also hoping that this article will lead a lot of people to buy their recent book, “Risk Less and Prosper”. Bodie and Taqqu’s own retirement plan likely hinges […]
Mutual Funds a ripoff?
Maybe that’s pushing it a little bit, but the fact is that the vast majority of mutual funds, mostly actively managed, add more in costs than they do in value. A net loss to the investor compared to what he should be paying. David Swenson, chief investment officer at Yale University (he manages their huge […]