Asset Allocation Returns: Conservative, Moderate, and Aggressive, 2007-2017

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Asset allocation is and should be one of the first decisions made in planning an overall investment portfolio.  Some investors do their asset allocation accidentally, by only investing in one or two asset classes they know or are sold, or as the result of buying different individual investments one by one with no overall plan.  […]

Investing Retirement Accounts: Starting with $20,000,000, a retiree withdraws $800,000 in the first year, and 2% more each following year. At 4% and 5%, the retiree runs out of money, while at 6%, the account keeps growing.

Investing Retirement Accounts: What rate of return vs level of risk to aim for?

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When investing retirement accounts, we are often told to invest aggressively (mostly in stocks) when saving as young employees, and then rotate more and more of the account towards more conservative investments (bonds and REITs) as retirement approaches.  One overly simple rule is to allocate 100 minus your age in stocks, so that a 20 […]

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50 largest companies in the world by market capitalization as of 2017 end

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Investors looking to replace index ETFs or more expensive stock mutual funds or closed-end funds with direct positions in blue chip stocks may want to start by owning some of the largest companies in the world by market cap.  Market cap is simply the total value of shares outstanding, and most index funds and ETFs […]

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23 Useful London Listed ETFs for non-UK investors

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London listed ETFs and Frankfurt listed ETFs together form the world’s second largest and most diverse ETF market after the US.  For non-US taxpayer investors, Frankfurt and London listed ETFs may provide tax advantages in accessing the US market, as well as access to asset classes even the US ETF market does not yet cover, […]

Japan Listed ETF Useful List – 7 Tokyo Exchange Traded Funds Worth Considering By Foreign Investors

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I find it important to look at exchange traded funds (“ETF”) as a benchmark for what investments in stocks, bonds, or real estate investment trusts (REITs) could be doing as a “fire and forget” trade to track a broad benchmark index with minimal transactional and ongoing costs.  The US remains by far the largest, most […]

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Three Ways Free Financial Advice Ends Up Costing More

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Some free advice is worth every penny you pay for it, but free financial advice (like free medical or legal advice) often ends up costing more than most fees. Clearly, I don’t believe all free financial advice is bad, as I often share it myself in at least two ways: A. When the advice is […]

Largest Listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) – Top 400 by Assets as of 2017

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This is list of the world’s largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) by assets as of 2017 is based on data from public filings on the major stock exchanges we currently have access to. REITs are one of our favorite topics and sectors, and this site contains many posts listing the largest in Japan (J-REITs), the […]

Performance of Quality, Value, Momentum, and Low Volatility Strategies vs the S&P 500

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I have been working with “smart beta” strategies since 2006 (before they were even called “smart beta”), and continue to believe that investing through these rules-based factors provides better risk-adjusted returns than index funds at far lower cost than actively managed mutual funds.  In GFM-managed client accounts, we continue to apply the well-researched factors, of […]

The 7 C's of How Tesla Stock Will Probably Crash (But Not Burn)

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One major landmark for 14-year-old Tesla Motors (TSLA) this year was surpassing the market cap of 109-year old blue chip US automaker General Motors (GM), despite having only sold 76,000 cars in 2016 vs. GM’s 10,000,000 cars sold, and despite Tesla continuing to lose almost $1,000,000,000 each year as GM has been posting annual profits of almost $10,000,000,000. Of course, […]

Lists of Closed-end Funds and Investment Trusts in the US, UK, Canada and Australia

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Although ETFs have become the exchange-traded investment vehicle of choice over the past 25 years, closed-end funds remain a relevant way to access less liquid and less scalable assets, and for this reason they are often available at a discount to their net asset value with many paying high dividend yields. As a handy reference, […]