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Compound Savings & Investing

By Robert Pagliarini on September 9, 2015

As a young investor, you have a powerful ally on your side: time. When you start saving and investing for retirement in your twenties or thirties, you can put it to work for you. The effect of compounding is huge. Most people underestimate it, so it is worth illustrating. We will use reasonable annual return…

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A Historical Look at the S&P 500

By Robert Pagliarini on August 29, 2015

No one knows what will happen tomorrow on Wall Street. Even the most esteemed analysts can only make educated guesses. As the old saying goes: past performance is not indicative of future results. All that said, the market has had many more positive years than negative years. The history of the S&P 500 is worth…

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Do Our Biases Affect Our Financial Decisions?

By Robert Pagliarini on August 25, 2015

Investors are routinely warned about allowing their emotions to influence their financial decisions.  They are less routinely cautioned about letting their preconceptions and biases color their financial choices. In a battle between the facts & our preconceptions, our preconceptions may win. If we acknowledge this tendency, we may be able to avoid some unexamined choices…

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What to do in a Volatile Stock Market

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When will the stock market stabilize? As the last trading week of August began, worried investors wondered just that. Gains for the major indices were hard to imagine at Monday’s opening bell, but few imagined the Dow Jones Industrial Average would drop 1,089 points as trading began – a new record, as the blue chips…

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What Does Inflation Have To Do With Investing?

By Robert Pagliarini on July 18, 2015

America once experienced something called “moderate inflation.” It may seem like a distant memory, but it could very well return in the second half of this decade. A remote possibility? Most economists think the Fed will start raising interest rates in late 2015 and take them higher in 2016 through a series of incremental hikes…

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Long-Term Investment Truths: Key Lessons for Retirement Savers

By Robert Pagliarini on June 8, 2015

You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others you glean along the way.     First & foremost, you learn to shut out much of the “noise.” News outlets take the temperature of global markets five days…

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What You Need To Know About Bonds And Interest Rates

By Robert Pagliarini on May 7, 2015

Will bond investors soon suffer major losses? In the last few years, Bill Gross, Jim Rogers and other pundits have warned of a bond bubble. While it has yet to occur – the broad bond market yielded an annualized 4.42% from 2010-2014 – the threat remains. Quality bonds have a place in a portfolio, but…

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What You Need To Know About Target-Date Funds

By Robert Pagliarini on April 23, 2015

Do target-date funds represent smart choices, or just convenient ones? These funds have become ubiquitous in employer-sponsored retirement plans and their popularity has soared in the past decade. According to Morningstar, net inflows into target-date funds tripled during 2007-13. Asset management analysts Cerulli Associates project that 63% of all 401(k) contributions will be directed into…

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Money Tips for Young Families

By Robert Pagliarini on January 5, 2015

Plan to put yourself steps ahead of your peers. If you have a young, growing family, no doubt your to-do list is pretty long on any given day. Beyond today, you are probably working on another kind of to-do list for the long term. Where does “saving and investing” rank on that list? For some…

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Should You Buy the Stock Market Dips?

By Robert Pagliarini on October 7, 2014

When stocks retreat, should you pick up some shares? If you like to buy and hold, it may turn out to be a great move. Buying during a downturn or a correction may seem foolish to many, but if major indexes sink and investors lose their appetite for risk, you may find excellent opportunities to…

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