Personal Risk The death of Elizabeth Edwards, aged 61 years, this past week brought personal risk to mind. Untimely loss of a loved one or public figure often does. I should know; I lost my mother when she was 60 also after a long struggle with cancer. Life is full of risks. Personal risk is defined by investment advisors and insurance consultants as the risk of a loss occurring from death, illness, injury or unemployment. The insurance … [Read more...]
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It's hard to believe we have only a few days left in 2010. The following list is comprised of things I feel most all of us should strive to get done before 12/31/2010. If you need assistance with any of these items, please let me know. Things To Do: 1) Know where all of your money is - make sure each bank and investment company is prepared to send you your end-of-year statements. Is your address correct? 2) Investment management fees may be … [Read more...]
World events of the past several days, including the conflict between North and South Korea and Ireland's bailout, have brought forth more questions about bond market stability, the future of interest rates, and how income investors may fare. My thoughts: As stated in earlier posts, investing in global bonds remains prudent for diversification, high yield potential, and protection against rising U.S. interest rates. Many investors continued to … [Read more...]
The November 22nd issue of Time magazine listed the top 50 inventions of 2010. Setting aside the iPad, I noticed how many of the inventions are health or health care related: NeoNurture Incubator First Synthetic Cell Lab-Grown Lungs Faster Growing Salmon eLegs Exoskeleton 3-D Bioprinter EyeWriter The Malaria-Proof Mosquito and The Mosquito Laser Reading about these great devices and products reminded me how logical it is to maintain … [Read more...]
Global bonds - There are many potential benefits to keeping a portion of your investment portfolio in global bonds. Here are the ones I believe are the most important: a) Several countries came through the financial crisis better than the U.S. and are growing more rapidly. b) U.S. bonds represent less than 1/2 of the global bond market. c) Yields abroad can exceed those being paid in the U.S. d) U.S. yield curve is on a positive slope which … [Read more...]
The fourth quarter is a good time to rebalance portfolios while implementing strategy for 2011. When doing so, remember to consider the potential benefits of maintaining exposure to the small cap sector. Investing in smaller companies may provide growth opportunities not available elsewhere. These companies often operate lean and aggressively pursue their desired market share. To learn what portion of your portfolio may be appropriately allocated … [Read more...]
1) Many news stories were done this past week regarding the Ambassador's Index. This stock index is the foreign equivalent to the Dow 30. Foreign equity investments may be appropriate for growth oriented investors. To learn about efficient and suitable ways to invest in these companies, please schedule an appointment. 2) The real return on investments should be calculated taking into account taxation and inflation. For help with these … [Read more...]