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The True Cost of Investing

There is over $16 trillion invested in mutual funds. Mutual funds are an excellent way to invest and grow your wealth, however there is a great disparity in their fees. Studies show these fees are the greatest indicator of mutual fund performance. You may be even more surprised to learn that most financial advisors, professionals, […]
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What Are Hedge Funds?

Hedge funds pool money from investors and invest in securities or other types of investments with the goal of getting positive returns. Hedge funds are not regulated as heavily as mutual funds and generally have more leeway than mutual funds to pursue investments and strategies that may increase the risk of investment losses. Hedge funds are limited […]
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What Are Commodities?

Commodities, or commodity futures contracts, are an agreement to buy or sell a specific quantity of a commodity at a specified price on a particular date in the future. Metals, grains, and other food, as well as financial instruments, including U.S. and foreign currencies, are traded in the futures market. With limited exceptions, trading in […]
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What are Real Estate Investment Trusts? (REITs)

What are Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)? Real estate investment trusts (REITs) allow individuals to invest in large-scale, income-producing real estate. A REIT is a company that owns and typically operates income-producing real estate or related assets. These may include office buildings, shopping malls, apartments, hotels, resorts, self-storage facilities, warehouses, and mortgages or loans. Unlike other […]
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SMART CHART – Real Return of Cash

SAM RO When investors get scared and they have nowhere to hide, they move their money to cash. Cash is arguably a great place to store your wealth briefly until you make your next investing move. However, cash itself is not really an investment. “The one thing I will tell you is the worst investment […]
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Alternative Funds are Not Your Typical Mutual Funds

Alternative or “alt” mutual funds are publicly offered, SEC-registered funds that use investment strategies that differ from the buy-and-hold strategy typical in the mutual fund industry. Compared to a traditional mutual fund, an alternative fund typically holds more non-traditional investments and employs more complex trading strategies. Investors considering alternative mutual funds should be aware of […]
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Top Mistakes For Investors To Avoid

Investing is an important part of your personal finances, and it seems simple: Buy low, sell high and keep the profits! Studies have shown, however, that a chimpanzee throwing darts picks stocks better than the average investor! The average investor in the past 20 years made only 2.4 percent, whereas the S&P500 returned 7.7 percent. […]
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