Do You Need a Money Manager to be a Successful Investor?

Would you pay a huge percentage of your hard earned cash to have a money manager invest it for you? That doesn’t sound like a very good deal, but that is exactly what some people do. If you decide to work with an investment adviser, you need to make sure you are getting the appropriate …

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Fear of Investing – Conquer the Things Holding You Back

The fear of investing is a very powerful barrier for a lot of people. With constant talk of stock market crashes and economic slowdowns, it’s natural to have a cautious approach. However, investing is still one of the best wealth builders available for the majority.  It is important to consider facts over emotion when you …

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New Years Resolutions That Stick – Set Meaningful Goals

New Years Resolutions are an annual tradition for approximately 40% of Americans. Of the millions of people who set resolutions for the year, it is estimated that less than 10% actually succeed. Despite the best of intentions, why is it that most people do not accomplish what they set out to do? There are a …

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Living Trust – The Ultimate Cure All For Estate Planning?

Many people begin their estate planning efforts by drafting a will. Another common way people address their situation is through the use of a living trust. Living trusts have gained popularity in recent years, especially among those of the “baby boomer” generation. It is now common to see generic documents and online kits. Many of …

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Index Funds and Mutual Funds – What Should You Look For?

For the vast majority of investors, index and mutual funds are the preferred way to gain access to the stock market. In general, mutual funds are a pool of investments funded by shareholders that trades in diversified holdings which are selected and managed by a professional. Index funds are a pool of investments that match …

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Understanding Investment Asset Classes – Why Is It So Important?

I often discuss the benefits and advantages of having a diversified portfolio. What exactly does that mean? A critical point to understand is the importance of having various asset classes in your portfolio. An asset class is simply a group of stocks or bonds that share similar characteristics. These businesses are not necessarily in the …

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Money Friction – How Can You Strengthen Your Relationships?

Money friction can end up being the main source of disagreement in a relationship. You are probably familiar with the common statistic that roughly half of American marriages end in divorce. Out of those marriages, estimates are that between 35 to 50 percent of them ended because of money problems and disagreements. Throw in a …

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