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Pot Pie Portfolio a Tasty Investment Recipe

How can I expect a pot pie—a savory pastry with a mixture of potatoes, vegetables, and beef chunks—to taste like a beef pot roast? Even though beef is an ingredient in a pot pie, no reasonable diner would expect the two meals to taste the same. But that same reasonable diner might be perfectly comfortable […]

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Bonds: Common But Confusing Asset Class

What would you guess is the hardest investment class for most people to understand? You might think it’s stocks, or a subclass of stocks like those of companies in emerging markets. Or how about real estate investment trusts (REITS) that hold various types of investment real estate. Maybe it’s commodities or complex alternative investments like […]

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Bad World News, Good Market News

Most clients I have met with recently show surprise when I tell them the first half of the year was a good one for investors. As one client said, “How is that possible with all the problems in the world?” She ticked off the unrest in the Middle East, ISIS, our strained relations with Russia, […]

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Portfolio Performance More Than Beating the Market

Are your investment returns beating the market? That question isn’t as simple to answer as you might think. First of all, “the market” isn’t easy to define. You can compare your investment returns to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but that index is made up of only 30 large companies. If your portfolio is properly […]

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Average Market Returns, A Winning Investment Strategy

When it comes to investing, it’s a losing proposition to try and be anything better than average. I was recently reminded of this important investing precept when I attended a presentation by Ken French, a noted professor of finance at Dartmouth College. If there’s no point in trying to beat the market through “active” investing, […]

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