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Larry Swedroe is principal and director of research for The Buckingham Family of Financial Services. He has authored or co-authored seven books, including The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need. more about Larry Swedroe » One Last Look at the Right Way to Consider Investments As we've been discussing, the right way to look at investments is as part of the whole portfolio . Here's one last look at why this is important when building your portfolio . by Larry Swedroe Tags : S&P 500 , Vanguard , Yield , Portfolio , Investment , Finance , Rebalancing , Bonds , Fixed Income , Treasuries ,
in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain. Among the variations on this type of scam , are the Nigerian Letter (also called the 419 fraud , Nigerian scam , Nigerian bank scam , or Nigerian money offer ), 1 the Spanish Prisoner , the black money scam as well as Russian/Ukrainian scam (also widespread, though far less popular than the former). The so-called Russian and Nigerian scams stand for wholly dissimilar organised-crime traditions; they therefore tend to use altogether different breeds of approaches. Although similar to older scams such as the Spanish Prisoner
Congress Sells Out Seniors: No SEC Regulation for Indexed ...
You can’t turn your back on Congress for a minute. Just when you think an issue will be settled in favor of investors, a Senator oozes under the door and slides a quick pro-business, anti-investor change into a bill. That’s how the equity-indexed annuity — a costly product with a woeful past — slipped out of the hands of a potentially strong regulator and into the cushioned lap of a weak one. The Securities and Exchange Commission had planned to regulate these annuities, widely sold to older people, pending a review of the industry. A court decision last year affirmed that the products lie within the ... market research, surveys and trends
Fashion Check: Great Women behind Trends
There is an old adage that goes like "Behind every successful man is a woman" thus becoming true in almost all aspect of life. Not so about the thing about what a woman can do but when you look at these great women of fashion, you will definitely come into an agreement with this saying. Thus even without a presence of a man there are just women who can carry the glamour and the prestige just by wearing the right ensemble that brings out their attitude, finesse and beauty. Here we look at some of the greatest women behind fashion trends; women we often see on runways and on our favorite fashion channels bragging about ... market research, surveys and trends


Investing Reality Check: Why You Think You're Above Average - CBS ...
Here’s an important question: How good an investor are you? Chances are, you think you of yourself as a money manager living in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegon, where everyone is above average. As a financial planner, I’ve noticed that many individual investors feel this way. So does nearly every money manager, financial planner, and other pro. This illusion of superiority is troubling, since most investors who consider themselves above average have portfolios that earn less than they think. When I give talks about investing, I often ask audience members to raise their hands if they think they’re ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Why It Wasn't a 'Lost Decade' for Investors - CBS
You’ve probably been seeing stories saying what a horrible decade it’s been for investors. Time magazine called it the “ Decade from Hell .” The Wall Street Journal called it the “ Lost Decade .” BusinessWeek called it “ A Decade of Decay .” The Nasdaq was cut in half, they moan. The Dow and the S&P 500 are much lower than when the decade began, they groan. Don’t believe them. When measured correctly, financial markets weren’t nearly so bad. In fact, if you look at inflation-adjusted returns, this wasn’t even the worst decade of the last four. If you diversified, ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Brian Fallow: Business survey gives reality check
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research's quarterly survey of business opinion (QSBO) is a reality check about the strength of the domestic recovery. And on the international front there has to be some information content in the fact that world equity markets have fallen by about a sixth since April. In the month since the Reserve Bank lifted the official cash rate from its all-time low of 2.5 per cent the financial markets have gone from pricing in five, maybe six, more quarter-point increases over the eight opportunities in the next 12 months to four, maybe five. Some economists, like NZIER's Shamubeel Eaqub ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Reality Check: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Go To Zero (FNM, FRE)
If you have watched Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) and Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE), you know what has gone on.  These are technically Federal National Mortgage Association (NYSE: FNM) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (NYSE: FRE), but soon they will disappear from the New York Stock Exchange and head over to the OTC Bulletin Board.  This is not new, but a reality check shows that Fannie and Freddie are worthless.  These companies have avoided bankruptcy because of necessity and because of higher powers that be.  Fannie and Freddie do not even constitute being considered call options.  In some twisted sense, these will equal way ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


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Clean Tech Investing "Reality Check". Online Gaming. Energy Storage. Software: Doing More with Less. Green Storage and Data Centers ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Reality Check: Turning a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame ...
Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States. In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News' Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings. RHETORIC :          BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS."    Glenn Beck said, " Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Reality Check for Office Construction
New investment-grade development. REALITY. CHECK. FOR OFFICE. CONSTRUCTION. NEW OFFICE SPACE like these investment-grade buildings in Beaumont (top) ...
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Beginner Investing: Inflation, raw material prices, kondratieff cycle
Paul volker raised interest rates to over 20% back in 1980.  This was to fight inflation.  Why then did housing prices suddenly spike 5 years later (at least in NJ)?  Can we expect the same 5 years from now?  In other words, even though inflation is bad and the Fed wants to fight it, will the prices of housing and stocks (like the 1990's) inevitably rise because all assets rise in inflatinary times? Answer You appear to be a wee off on the cycle. Interest rates were increased to head off the rising prices in housing and other material goods. In the 1980, things peaked and the prices started to fall. I ...
What do you think about investing in an Inland American REIT right ...
6.2% but $$$ would be inaccessible for 4 years. Broker says that Inland American claims "no one ever lost their principal." Member since: February 19, 2007 Total points: 750 (Level 2) The fact that their advertising claim itself is a violation of Ethical standards of the industry..I'm thinking no, you shouldn't. Sounds like a low return in a high risk industry, with a REIT using 300% Leverage and you're locked in for 4 years. I'd not only say No, but I'd fire your broker for even suggesting such a thing. I have this in my portfolio and have found it to be a good investment. The 6.2% ...