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Investment Advice

The Sohn Investment Conference: Head, Heart, and Hedge Funds

April Rudin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
April Rudin

"Follow your passion" has become something of a cliché in the self-help sections of America's bookstores and in the kinds of advice columns and blogs...

5 Investment Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Porfolio

Todd Tresidder | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Todd Tresidder

There's no reason for you to learn about investment mistakes the hard way. Instead, learn from others so you can avoid the obvious potholes. Here are my top five investment mistakes that can destroy your portfolio's long-term performance.

What Happens If Your Financial Advisor Gets Hit By a Bus?

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Prospective clients often ask me, "What happens to my investment accounts if you die?" It's a valid question.

10 Things I Learned in My 20s About Investing

Lee Wang | Posted 06.16.2014 | Money
Lee Wang

I didn't want to work the next five, 10, or 30 years of my life and have nothing to show for it. I started to venture outside my comfort zone and aggressively learn and invest moderately. That's not to say I have a grand portfolio, but I've definitely put myself in a position to succeed.

Trust But Verify Personal Finance Advice

Terry Savage | Posted 06.03.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

When it comes to making money decisions, doubt and self-doubt are inevitable. After all, unlike many choices that are subject to whimsy and fate, financial decisions can be judged by their direct impact on your well-being, now and in the future.

"Learning" From Timothy Sykes

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

It's easy for investors to be lured by the possibility of returns emulating those claimed by Mr. Sykes. Before you part with your money, here are some suggestions for doing due diligence that will inform your decision.

The Highest Return Investment for Women

Sallie Krawcheck | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Sallie Krawcheck

I'm often asked to speak to women about investing. And for years, I've typically started with the basics of saving, diversification and asset allocation. But, before getting to that, there is an investment that women can make that has by far the greatest risk-adjusted return available.

Here's Why Intelligent Investors Are Avoiding Stocks Right Now

Jesse Felder | Posted 04.20.2014 | Money
Jesse Felder

The stock market had an awesome year last year, rising roughly 35 percent. Many investors, inspired by the market's strength, have now decided they want to get in on the gains. However, now is not the ideal time to put money to work in stocks. In fact, it's a horrible time to do so.

Pennywise or Wealthy?

Deborah Owens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Deborah Owens

If women take their increased earning power and make their financial security a priority, we will achieve the same type of success we have in closing the income gap.

The Sit-It-Out Syndrome: Why Women Are Afraid to Invest Their Hard-Earned Cash

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
LearnVest

Is the sit-it-out syndrome a hangover from the Great Recession, or did we all watch too much "Mad Men" and internalize retro relationship roles?

Don't DIY Your 401(k)

Catherine Golladay | Posted 12.01.2013 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

Taking advantage of professional help that may already be offered as part of your 401(k) plan could go a long way toward easing some of your investing concerns.

How Emotions Can Affect Your Investments

Brian Penny | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Brian Penny

If you understand how you feel -- what makes you think the way you do, and what kind of personality you have -- you'll gain more insight into how you select your investments.

Do You Trust Your Financial Advisor?

John D. Rogers | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
John D. Rogers

To build an enduring investment business takes more than brains and toughness. Success starts with values that clients care about most -- starting with trust.

Suze Orman: How To Choose A Financial Adviser

Posted 08.02.2013 | OWN

By Suze Orman While I'm confident you could make smart decisions about your money without an expert, I will be the first to tell you that a...

Reproductive Rights and Race; Immigration Reform Has Next; Low-Top Boxes and Abolitionists; Bad Investment Advice

Janell Ross | Posted 03.31.2013 | Black Voices
Janell Ross

The news of the day certainly rotates somewhere around immigration reform. The President is expected to deliver a speech in Las Vegas this afternoon o...

How Often Should I Rebalance My Investments?

Frank Morgan | Posted 02.02.2013 | Money
Frank Morgan

A student in my Investment Mathematics class asked me how often you need to rebalance. The most common guideline we found was "at least once a year," but we knew that the answer should depend on the value of your portfolio.

This Dead Octopus Would Make A Better Investment Adviser Than Our Living Finance Reporter

Ben Hallman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Ben Hallman

I cover housing and finance for The Huffington Post. Yet on Nov. 21, 2007, I bought into the company identified more than any other with the subprime bubble and subsequent crash. I bought a $1,037 chunk of Countrywide Financial.

Big and Bigger Lies About Bond Fund Managers

Dan Solin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Most often, investors looking for higher returns from their bond holdings invest in actively managed bond funds. They believe an active bond manager has the investment skill likely to increase returns over the benchmark index, while taking no more risk.

The Big Lie Is a Cruel Hoax

Dan Solin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

The perpetuation of the myth that you can pick outperforming actively managed funds through "research" is a cruel hoax. It makes ordinary investors feel inadequate when their efforts fail.

Flawed Advice for Picking Mutual Fund 'Winners'

Dan Solin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

A 10 year record of stellar performance is not predictive of future performance. Instead, investors would be far better served limiting their portfolios to globally diversified, low-management fee index funds in an appropriate asset allocation.

Two Silly Predictions You Should Ignore

Dan Solin | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Investors suffer from the perfect storm of collective amnesia and cognitive dissonance when it comes to evaluating the predictions of self-styled stock market gurus.

The Massive Hypocrisy of the 'Seeking Alpha' Conference

Dan Solin | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

those attending presumably assumed they were there to learn from real "alpha" experts, which is a fancy term describing the value added by a fund manager over its designated benchmark. They must have been disappointed.

'The Best Investment I Ever Made'

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Money

By Chris Taylor New York (June 12) - In this choppiest of stock markets, it's very easy to get discouraged. The S&...

It's Time to Abolish 401(k) Plans

Dan Solin | Posted 08.05.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

They are not working for those they are intended to benefit: employees saving for retirement. They are working great for brokers, advisors, recordkeepers and others who "serve" these plans.

Barton Biggs is 'Evolving'

Dan Solin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Mr. Biggs has been "big" in the world of securities prognosticators for many years. He was the formerly the head strategist at Morgan Stanley where he was reportedly responsible for the formation of its investment management business.