Index To Investment Content

What is the primary reason we invest ? It is to get a rate of return, hopefully a market rate of return. There are so many different investment avenues that can be pursued the volume of material is staggering. If you were to search the word "investment" on the Internet there would be more material than would be humanly possible to consume in a lifetime. We've separated the wheat from the chaff in the below articles. Take a look, then at go to the 20 question quiz and see how you're doing?

Stock Picking: Confident Assertion or Financial Folly

Have you ever personally experienced a Confident Assertion within yourself or while observing others? I think it’s interesting in the area finance, how many Confident Assertions are made about the stock market. Then with hindsight become a bitter punch line, more so than a reality. We see this with recommendations from bullies on Wall Street; […]

The Investor’s Dilemma

Investments, income planning, portfolio construction, and tax planning are just a few topics that throw many people into the investor dilemma mindset. We are all emotional individuals; we want to be secure in our future financially. This need for security leads us to try to forecast our financial future. As we embark on a journey […]

Are You Diversified?

When it comes to portfolio construction, as well as portfolio allocation, one of the biggest areas that investors do not understand is the concept of dissimilar price movement. A simple example would be the idea of owning umbrella companies and sun tan lotion companies. Umbrella companies, unto themselves may be volatile, and sun lotion companies, […]

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Lewisburg, PA – The goal of investing is to get an overall market return. The stock market consists of large cap, small cap, micro cap; value and growth; developed international large, emerging markets, emerging small, and emerging value companies. Additionally, there is fixed income, cash, T-bills, and bonds. A broad based, global portfolio may hold […]

Money Market or Market Returns…Sh​ould You Know??

For those in your fifties or sixties, think back to your first job when you entered the work force.  I still remember how ecstatic I was when I landed that summer job at an amusement park that paid me $1.50 per hour.  Back in 1980, the minimum wage was pegged at $3.10 per hour.  So, […]

Active Management or Active Hype?

Well, the market must be up, we’re seeing it again.  It’s all over the TV, radio, and popular financial press, that you can easily identify the Active Mutual Funds that far and away outperform the Passive Mutual Funds. The temptation being?  All you have to do is study the active fund manager’s past performance and […]

Facebook on Wall Street

Facebook! The IPO (Initial Public Offering) of the century! Facebook will “go public,” which means that you can buy its shares just like you can buy the stock of any other public company.

Lots of people who never invested before are calling financial advisors and stock brokers to buy shares, but is this a good idea? Does it make sense to buy individual shares of Facebook for your investment portfolio? A lot of people think so, because they are comfortable and they use the product every day.

The answer to the question as to whether or not you should buy Facebook depends on your objective. If you want to speculate with your money, you may want to take a chance. However, you have to be prepared to take a loss – perhaps a sizeable loss – if you are unlucky and the share price falls.

Main Street Money

My coach is coming to town! Yes, Mark Matson is coming to Happy Valley March 8th, at the Corner Room from 12 – 2PM. He is kicking off his media tour for the public broadcasting special airing around the country, as well, his new book Main Street Money. The book is awesome by the way…only available now through Public Brodcasting pledges during the many broadcasts to be aired (the special is great as well!). Mark will start a multi-city bus tour in NYC March 7th, stopping by State College March 8th, and onto Pittsburgh for a live broadcast during a special airing March 9th. See link for sneak peek of special:

You Don’t Know, What You Don’t Know

Hidden Fees! They are all over the place when it comes to investing.

At least once a month, an investor tells me that another advisor offered managed accounts where the one and only portfolio cost would be the advisor’s fee. Often the fee quoted would be somewhere between 1.25% and 2.25%, plus or minus a little bit. That other advisor would say that there are no other costs and that everything else is free or all inclusive and that absolutely no other expenses would apply.

ABC…1 2 3 the Rules!

Check out this video of Mark Matson’s appearance on Fox Business last Friday. Mark is the CEO and President of Matson Money, the portfolio management firm we use, as well as my personal coach.

Bet it all on Black not Red

Last Friday marked the 10 year anniversary of Enron Corporation going bust.

On December 2, 2001, Enron filed for bankruptcy. In the late 1990’s and the very early 2000’s, you could hardly find a growth or a high tech mutual fund that did not list Enron as one of its top 5 holdings. Yes, it was sad when the company tanked, but it was devastating to the thousands of Enron employees who’s 401(k) Retirement Plans were brimming with shares of Enron Stock.

At the time, a little over 60% of Enron employees’ 401(k) accounts held the company stock. About 11% of that was the “company match” portion, but the rest was selected by the employees as a retirement plan holding. And essentially overnight, their plans for a peaceful retirement were shattered.

Knowing When to Fold’em

An “irrational quest for safety drove all kinds of nutty economic and investment behavior in 2011.” So said the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of the brokerage firm, T. Rowe Price, a couple of weeks ago at a media conference in New York, as reported by Advisor One, an on-line investment newsletter for financial professionals.

He went on to say that “irrational thinking explains … why people are terrified of risk and volatility.” I can understand the frustration. When the markets take a downturn, many advisors and their investor clients sell their investments and park their money in cash. In other words, they sell when the market is low, and want to wait until prices rise before they get back in.

Get That Monkey off Your Back

“A blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts.” – Burton Maikiel, from A Random Walk Down Wall Street.

This observation from Maikiel prompted the WSJ to run a Dartboard Contest to test this theory. Over a ten year period, starting in 1988 and ending in Oct 1998, there were 100 such contests in which the results of monkeys throwing darts at a stock page were compared with the results of the best and brightest of Wall Street. Slam dunk for the “pros”, right?

Portfolio Construction: Navigating the Fog of Investing

Excerpts from Navigating the Fog of Investing. The world finance is lauded with manufactured perceptions and techniques designed to create transactions. The revenue created from transactions, that is stocks and mutual funds being bought and sold on a rampant daily basis is staggering for when you look at all the major brokerage firms. This shear […]

Who Wins with Market Timing?

  Market timing a concept that has been excepted for decades as a strategy for managing different investments held in ones portfolio or overall of estate. The idea is that one can proactively stay ahead of the masses and determine what types of investments are best to own based on a current social, political, and […]