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The risks of bond investing.

For many investors, bonds are more mysterious than stocks.  Most people know that a bond is a loan and you are the lender ...
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What is an IPO?

An "IPO" or "initial public offering" is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs are often issued by ...
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Why a Part-Time Job Will Improve Your Retirement

To some people, working even one more minute after retirement sounds awful. But there are tremendous benefits to staying in the workforce, even ...
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What are ultra-high-net-worth people thinking of doing in today's economy?

A "family office" is an organization that very wealthy people and families set up to manage their personal finances and affairs.  This includes ...
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10 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

From Financial Planning Magazine 1. Procrastination While some of us would like to think to think we’re immortal, the time will come where ...
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What is a short sale?

Today, people generally think of a "short sale" as a real estate transaction in which the home owner sells his property for less ...
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What is an option?

An option is a contract to buy or sell a specific financial product officially known as the option's underlying instrument or underlying interest ...
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What is a municipal bond?

Municipal bonds are debt obligations issued by states, cities, counties and other governmental entities, which use the money to build schools, highways, hospitals, ...
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What is a dividend?

Experienced investors know all about dividends but we thought it would be a good idea to explain dividends to newer investors.  And perhaps ...
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What is a preferred stock?

From Investopedia: A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim on the assets and earnings than common stock. Preferred stock generally ...
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Cash Flow In Retirement

People who are getting ready to retire don’t go to a financial planner to be told how much they can spend.  Rather, they ...
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What is common stock?

A share of common stock represents partial ownership in a corporation. When people get together to form a company one of the issues ...
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Why Advisors Leave the Major Firms to Become Independent

As a general rule, most Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) start out working for a major brokerage firm (commonly referred to as “wirehouses”) before ...
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6 Things to Consider When Creating Retirement Plans

From Financial Planning magazine: As 75 million Baby Boomers stand at the edge of retirement, most will have to look beyond government programs ...
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A look at 5 unusual ways to boost income in retirement

In the Retirement Planning section of the Wall Street Journal we found some "different" ideas about generating retirement income.  Frankly, some of these, like the wood lot, probably ...
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