Archive - February 11, 2011

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Are Stock Predictions Really That Accurate?
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How To Start Investing In Mutual Funds And ETF’s
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How Is My Financial Advisor Compensated?

Are Stock Predictions Really That Accurate?

Remember those 33 Chilean miners from last fall? As they endured 69 days underground, the whole world followed their harrowing rescue.

So what ever happened to those guys? I heard that one of them ran in the New York Marathon. Good for him! Beyond that, no news.

Stock market coverage is like that – in your face today, gone tomorrow. Especially around the new year, hundreds of talking heads offer thousands of “sure-fire” predictions on what’s hot and what’s not for your next big investment move. Buy Acme Inc.! Sell Beta Corp.! Large-caps are where it’s at!

But I …

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How To Start Investing In Mutual Funds And ETF’s

Like any occupation, we in financial services sometimes take for granted that clients understand all the industry terminology we use.  But much like your occupation there are probably words used that someone outside that industry wouldn’t quite understand.  Take for instance a Mutual Fund,  has anyone ever explained to you what exactly this investment vehicle is and how it works?  It seems fairly straight forward, you invest in them inside your retirement plans and hear the word quite often, but do you really know how it works?  How about ETF’s (exchange traded funds)?  There have been plenty of advertisements for …

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How Is My Financial Advisor Compensated?

Sometime before the new year Dan Hite of Tedco software had asked me to explain the differences in financial advisor compensation. I asked if he was trying to tell me my fees were too high, but it turns out that wasn’t what he meant at all. Turns out that my friend Dan, like 98% of people, was trying to understand how advisors get paid. The basic thing you need to know is that the client pays the advisor; the question is: how convoluted a path does the money take getting from the client to the advisor.

Why is this even …

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