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Investing in a Bull Market vs. a Bear Market

A bull market is a market that’s appreciating steadily without experiencing extended periods of pullback or losses. It’s simple: when stocks are rising over the long-term, we’re in a bull market. A bear market is the opposite.

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30 Years of Alternative Investment Performance

Alternative investments are becoming increasingly important as tools for everyday investors to grow their investment returns while simultaneously protecting their portfolios.

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Asset Allocation as a Risk Management Strategy

Naturally, all investments involve some risk, but there are ways to mitigate both macro- and microeconomic risk to your portfolio. And asset allocation is one of the simplest, and most powerful. Here’s how to do it…

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The Secrets of Today’s Most Successful Investors

What’s the difference between successful investors and the rest of the retail investment crowd? Typically, it comes down to tactics and how they think about and execute their investments. They aren’t smarter than the rest of us, they simply know how to play the game.

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Will I Be Able to Retire? Here’s How to Know for Sure

The good news is that, with some foresight and planning, a comfortable retirement is still possible, with the help of private savings. Still, many Americans are worried that they won’t have enough saved up to live the life they’re expecting in their 70s and beyond. But, by following a few steps while you’re young, it is still possible to get back on track, and stay there throughout your life.

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What’s So Special About Closed-End Fund Investing?

A closed-end fund is an investment vehicle that contains certain features of both open-ended mutual funds and ETFs.  They are invested in a pool of various other assets—giving investors immediate diversification for their portfolios.

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Can Money Really Buy Happiness? Yes—And No

The age-old adage would have us believe that money can’t buy happiness. But many people believe that they’re one major achievement or purchase away from true contentment—a bigger house, a faster car, a better-paying job… The truth is there’s no perfect answer.

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Here’s the Difference Between Alpha and Beta for Investors

Alpha and beta are risk ratios used to calculate a potential investment’s likelihood of future success. By calculating various risks, investors can make more educated decisions.

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Are You an Investor or a Trader?

Investing and trading are not mutually exclusive. Both can be part of a balanced market strategy. But both don’t always appeal to everyone. And one is not inherently better than the other.

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What Every Investor Needs to Know About the Time Value of Money

Understanding the concept of the time value of money (TVM) will transform the way you think about money and profits. Investors are always overheard discussing…

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