Timing Isn’t Everything

Over the course of a summer, it’s not unusual for the stock market to be a topic of conversation at barbeques or other social gatherings.   A neighbor or relative might ask about which investments are good at the moment. The lure of getting in at the right time or avoiding the next downturn may tempt even disciplined, long-term investors. The reality of successfully timing Continue reading >>

3 Reasons to Invest in More Than Just the S&P 500

People often make the mistake of investing purely in the S&P 500 because it encapsulates the stocks of 500 large-cap US companies without realizing the risks — or rewards — of a globally diversified portfolio. Consider a globally diversified portfolio to reap rewards beyond the S&P:   1. Tracking Error   The S&P is limited to the US, while a globally diversified portfolio offers lower Continue reading >>

Personal Finance 101: Patience Is a Virtue

We live in a society of immediacy. We’ve become used to services that give us immediate gratification. If you want to be a successful investor, one of the most important attributes — after following financial science and academic research — is patience.   Don’t let short-term market moves interfere with your long-term goals.   Take Warren Buffett, for example. One of the biggest reasons he’s Continue reading >>

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