The Amazing World of Market Indexes

Stock market indexes are by far the most widely used tools in making investment decisions. But many investors take for granted what market indexes are and the many roles they play within their portfolio strategy and throughout the financial ecosystem. In this article, we’ll take apart the core structure of… ( Read More )

Are Smart Beta ETFs better investment?

With the precipitous flow of investments into passive index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs), the vast majority of cash in the market is tied to the performance of broad-based market indexes like the S&P 500, the Nasdaq Composite or the Russell 2000. While most financial advisors are the ones… ( Read More )

Should You Put money into REITs?

One of the least appreciated economic developments of the past decade of recovery from the 2008 financial collapse is the dramatic upswing in value of both commercial and residential real estate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly home sales report, the average home price at the apex of the… ( Read More )

Should You Invest In Marijuana Stocks?

Marijuana refers to the plant scientifically known as cannabis; more specifically, three recognized species include Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. The cannabis plant is a source of over 400 compounds, including 60 cannabinoids. Of the 60 cannabinoids, two in particular, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or dronabinol, and cannabidiol, are the… ( Read More )

What determines the price of a bond?

When bonds are traded in the secondary market, the price of the bond is influenced by the demand and supply of the bond. The other factors that affect the price are: Interest rates Bond price and interest rate share an inverse relationship. Interest rate in this case means the benchmark… ( Read More )

Choosing your Investment Professional

One central factor to consider for choosing an investment professional is to know what type of compensation they receive: fee based or commission based. Those two types of compensation are today at the very center of a long heated debate in the financial industry regarding transparency, disclosures and professional duties.… ( Read More )

Investing Mistakes You Should Avoid

If we want to invest money successfully, each strategic step to investing requires our undivided attention or else this could lead to serious investment mistakes, which usually translate into loss of money. The good news is that we can avoid 99% of investment mistakes by identifying the right financial assets… ( Read More )

Should you invest in Commodities?

If you’re already an investor, commodity trading can serve to diversify your portfolio. Commodities can be anything from oil to gold or silver to coffee, sugar and wheat. Unlike certain investments, commodities can hold and gain value over time. They can also be less risky. You’re not buying an intangible… ( Read More )

What is a Bond?

Though bonds as an investment class don’t generate the highest returns, they have their own appeal. They offer portfolio diversification, generate steady returns even in the face of a highly volatile investment environment, provide tax advantages and more. If you don’t know what bonds are and want to learn how… ( Read More )

How to Invest in Stocks

Why People Invest in Stocks Investing in stocks can be a good way to build wealth. Due to the magic of compound interest, a small initial investment can eventually grow to a treasure trove, if properly managed. For example, the world’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett started investing in equities… ( Read More )

How much savings should I have?

How much should you have saved throughout your life? This is a question you should be asking yourself sooner than later. According to a recent Bank of America survey, a surprising 16% of Millennials between the ages of 23 and 37 now have at least $100,000 saved for retirement. Some… ( Read More )