Where to invest

Now that we’re in the middle of July, summer is in full swing, and most are thinking about how to make the best out of what’s left of summer. With another academic year in the books, a number of new graduates have obtained full-time employment. In the hopes that manyContinue Reading

investment returns come from

When markets are good, advisers and portfolio managers get too much credit for investment returns. Clients are happy that their nest egg is growing and attribute their good fortune to their provider. Conversely, when markets are bad, investment professionals take the heat. Whether it’s fair or not, it happens aContinue Reading

Stock Market Uncertainty

It’s been nearly a decade since I started speaking to fund managers on a regular basis. While each conversation is about something different—a sector to invest in, a stock to explore, an economic issue to pay attention to—one comment has come up time and time again: “Markets hate uncertainty.” It’sContinue Reading

Stocks Investing

Management fees, part of the expense ratio of funds, have always been considered one of the primarily nuisances for investors when deciding between a fund and individual stocks.  Don’t confuse management fees with commissions fees when buying into funds.  They are two different animals.  These days ETFs are free whenContinue Reading

Tax-free income

If you want more income, one of the first places you can explore is real estate investment trusts (REITs). They own portfolios of properties that are diversified geographically and across many tenants. Some are diversified across asset types as well. Most importantly, many REITs pay juicy distributions that can helpContinue Reading