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Why Diversified Portfolios Should Be Invested Abroad

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Oct 10, 2022 9:00:00 AM

If you want to see global economic history in a single colorful graph, keep reading. The following was produced by The Atlantic magazine and it shows the share of global GDP for various countries from the year 1 AD to 2008 AD.

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Topics: wealth, retirement, social security, saving, live longer, money

Debunking the Ability to Maximize Social Security

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Sep 21, 2016 11:44:38 AM

Be wary of applications on the Internet and elsewhere that purport to calculate how you can maximize your lifetime Social Security benefits. They can do no such thing, and are apt to lead you in a dangerously wrong direction.

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Topics: social security

What to do in a depressingly lackluster market?

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Jul 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Broadly diversified portfolios structured within prudent risk parameters just do not seem to be making any money these days. The stock market has been seesawing up and down wildly all year long, but finishing right where it starts. Currency fluctuations are wiping out otherwise positive international investment returns, and bonds, if anything, are showing negative total returns due to concerns about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.

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Topics: wealth, retirement, social security, saving, live longer, money

The Price of Free Investment Advice

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Jul 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It’s a little-know fact that the SEC allows mutual funds to spend a portion of investor assets on marketing and distribution. Wall Street’s self-regulator, FINRA, limits that spending to a whopping 0.75% of a fund’s average net assets a year.

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Patience

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Feb 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Patience, the act of resisting compulsive reaction to emotion-provoking stimuli, is what separates serious investors from capricious speculators’  – Jay Hutchins, 2015.

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A View from the Rear Window

Posted by Jay Hutchins on Jan 5, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 In the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a famous photographer laid up with a broken leg, aided by a visiting nurse named Stella, played by Thelma Ritter.  In a scene apropos of what we'll be hearing from a few stock market mavens in the coming weeks, Stella boasts to Stewart’s character, “You heard of that market crash in ’29?  I predicted that.”  To which Stewart’s character inquires curtly, “Oh, just how did you do that, Stella?”  “Oh, simple, explains Stella, “I was nursing a director of General Motors.  Kidney ailment, they said.  Nerves, I says. And I asked myself, “What’s General Motors got to be nervous about?”  Overproduction, I says; collapse.  When General Motors has to go to the bathroom ten times a day, the whole country’s ready to let go.”

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Topics: wealth, retirement, social security, saving, live longer, money

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