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July 2014

Do You Need Longevity Insurance?

By - July 29, 2014

Everyone dreams of a secure retirement. Unfortunately, most people don’t have sufficient financial resources to maintain a comfortable standard of living until the day they die. In fact, a poll conducted by Allianz showed that 61% of baby boomers fear…

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The Dividend Aristocrats’ Fall From Grace

By - July 25, 2014

How much are you willing to pay to get what you want? This question is especially important right now because there are so many good companies that currently have expensive valuations. Procter & Gamble (PG) is a perfect example. As I…

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Avoid This Expensive Consumer Staple Stock

By - July 22, 2014

Tide, Gillette, Duracell, Crest, Pantene, Old Spice, Bounty, Pampers, Tampax, Charmin… These are some of the world’s most well-known household product brands. And they’re all produced by Procter & Gamble (PG). In fact, the company has 25 brands that each…

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A Cheap, High-Yielding Apartment REIT

By - July 18, 2014

I recently discussed one of the most significant problems facing our economy – a massive debt load. The aggregate debt level, relative to economic output, has not materially declined since the apex of the credit expansion in 2008. To be sure, the…

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Are We Ready for QE to End in October?

By - July 16, 2014

“The economy is recovering.” How many times have you heard or read something similar to this statement recently? Comments like this are repeated so often in the media that the premise of a mending economy becomes accepted as truth. Granted,…

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Will Robo-Advisors Kill Off Human Advisors?

By - July 11, 2014

On Wednesday, I covered target-date mutual funds, which automatically reduce their equity exposure as time progresses. Target-date funds are becoming very popular for retirement accounts, but their elegant simplicity has a major shortcoming. By design, they group people together based on…

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Do World Cup Defeats Affect Stock Markets?

By - July 9, 2014

It seems as though just about everyone around the globe has been glued to their TV screens at home or at nearby pubs, cheering on their teams in this year’s World Cup. These fans have waited four years for this…

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“Set It and Forget It” Funds in Focus

By - July 9, 2014

Imagine the following hypothetical situation… Tomorrow, you’re going to fall into a coma that will last five years. You’re allowed to invest in one, and only one, investment for the duration of your coma. Which investment would you pick? Some…

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Mid-Year Income Performance Review

By - July 7, 2014

The financial markets were a sea of tranquility in the first half of 2014. Nonetheless, it’s been an interesting year thus far… The Federal Reserve is proceeding with its tapering of asset purchases. We’re in the midst of a raging…

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The Main Reasons Why Investors Underperform

By - July 1, 2014

Over the past 20 years, the S&P 500 has produced a 9.2% annualized total return. Over the same period, gold has returned an annualized 6.6%. And bonds? The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has returned 5.7%. Based on these figures,…

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