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Aug 15

The Flat-Out Truth: What is a yield curve, and why are stock investors interested in its shape?

What is a yield curve, and why are stock investors interested in its shape?A yield curve gives a snapshot of how yields vary across bonds of similar credit quality, but different maturities, at a specific point in time. For example, the US...

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Jul 25

Timing Isn’t Everything

Over the course of a summer, it’s not unusual for the stock market to be a topic of conversation at barbecues or other social gatherings.

A neighbor or relative might ask about which investments are good at the moment. The lure of getting in at...

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May 09

The Uncommon Average: Long-Term Context on Annual Returns

The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926. But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock returns can be positive, negative, or flat. When setting expectations, it’s helpful to see the...

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Mar 21

The Second Element You Need for a Successful Journey

In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the following is an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:

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Mar 20

Three Elements You Need for a Successful Journey - Element 1

Wealth is a journey. Plenty of people begin journeys without knowing where they are going, and, as a result, they never know when they’ve arrived. To choose your destination, you need to understand the possible places you could go, which means...

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Mar 19

Your Retirement Journey Begins Now...

The path you take to reach retirement will be as unique as the one you will walk in retirement. If your future was just about numbers, planning for retirement would be easy, but it’s not. Your financial success closely is tied to your emotions,...

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Mar 13

Getting to the Point of a Point

A quick online search for “Dow rallies 500 points” yields a cascade of news stories with similar titles, as does a similar search for “Dow drops 500 points.” These types of headlines may make little sense, given that a “point” for the Dow and...

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Mar 06

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities.
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Feb 23

Making Social Security Work for You in Retirement

People trying to get your attention tend to walk a well-worn path when addressing Social Security. They will often tie together two topics that make a lot of us nervous: retirement and money. Thinking about running out or not having enough money...

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Oct 02

Total Cost of Ownership

Costs matter. Whether you’re buying a car or selecting an investment strategy, the costs you expect to pay are likely to be an important factor in making any major financial decision. People rely on a lot of different information about costs to...

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