Small Fees Can Have A Big Impact On Retirement Accounts

My Comments: We live where the economic model is capitalism. There is no fundamental economic incentive beyond making money for those who provide goods and services to the general public. From time to time, society has found it appropriate to create transparency or to regulate a level of transparency that effectively mitigates against financial abuse. …

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How a 12-year Vanguard win streak makes it the ‘Amazon of wealth management’

My Comments: For the vast majority of us, mutual funds ( and sometimes ETFs) are the default financial tool when it comes to growing our money for the future. For about 100 years now, mutual funds have evolved and spread to become ubiquitous in the world of investing money. In my opinion, Vanguard, as a …

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Lost in the Investing Circus

In the wealth management fun house, how can average investors find somebody who will really work on their behalf? My Comments: My re-posting this article from Bob Veres reflects my cynical history with the investment advisory world that I’ve been a part of for over 30 years. It’s especially relevant in today’s world of financial …

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When it Comes to Retirement, Small Businesses Are Failing Their Employees

My Comments: Very few of us are awash in money. And like it or not in 21st Century America, having more money is almost always better than having less money. If you own a small business or work for one, your future financial security is always in doubt. Criticize me if you will, but my …

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Here’s what fees can do to your retirement if you don’t pay attention

My Comments: While this was apparently written for Canadians, I assure you it is equally valid for those of us in the States. What you can never forget is that not every financial advisor or company offering investment products have your best interest at heart. That’s not to say fees are evil, they are not. …

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The Great Unwind Is Upon Us

My Comments: Like everyone, I could use a crystal ball. Since they don’t exist, I have to turn to writers with a far better understanding of what’s going on than I have. To that end, these words from Larry Fuller are helpful. Fortunately, he avoids many of the big words that too many pundits use. …

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Should you really do nothing amid all this market volatility? It depends on your age

My Comments: There are some well known market pundits out there whose advice can be taken seriously. But not always. We know historically stocks outperform most other kinds of traditional investments over time. That if you are accumulating money to use in the future, and that future is a few decades down the road, then …

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