GFM's REIT Watchlist for 2017 Q1

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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are among our favorite alternatives to buying physical property as an investment.  For reference, we list below 95 of the globally-listed REITs we are watching this quarter, which yield over 4% as a portfolio.  Note that this a watchlist for educational and discussion purposes only and is not a recommendation […]

How I invested my first 10 years of savings, bonuses and 401(k)/IRA contributions and top 10 lessons learned

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Of all the habits I started early in my career, I would rank the habit of paying myself first, saving at least 10% of my income, saving rather than spending 100% of bonuses, and avoiding consumer debt as close to #1 as having paid off well and being well worth teaching my children and grandchildren. […]

Funding your 2016 and 2017 IRA now and automatically – the #MillionDollarDifference

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There are still two more months before the April 16th, 2017 deadline to make a 2016 contribution to your Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) account, and whether you open one with GFM or continue with your existing provider I will usually encourage you to “just do it” if you have qualified earned income.  I have separate […]

Understanding the "Fiduciary Rule" and why investor education is so important

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Update on March 8th: Tony Robbins recently posted a video similarly emphasizing investor education on Investopedia. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which may halt the planned application of the “fiduciary rule” to large numbers of financial advisors and product providers to retirement plans.  Opponents criticize this move as helping hide […]

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10 Emerging Markets to Watch in 2017: The Closed-End Fund Sentiment Indicator

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I have long been a fan, observer, and investor in emerging markets, ranging from the most frontier the most developed of emerging markets (often repeating that the US can be called “the most successful emerging market in history).  Anyone who knows me personally knows that this interest in emerging markets drove me to travel through […]

Top Hong Kong listed ETFs by volume, expense ratio and board lot size

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Hong Kong still has a “board lot” requirement that shares of stocks, ETFs, and other HKEX exchange-traded securities still be traded in minimum chunks that can range from 10 to thousands of shares per trade. As a reference, below are a list of HKEX-listed ETFs with useful information like expense ratio, board lot size, and […]

Brief Review of @Motif Investing Platform

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This year, I started looking at the Motif investing platform, and for my clients, offering managed accounts through Motif Advisor. Basically, Motif is a different type of online broker that, rather than selling you stocks one at a time, allows you to trade in “Motifs” (basically baskets of up to 30 US-listed stocks or ETFs) for a […]

A 63-year chart of US Interest Rates and the 35-year old bond bull market

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I love long-term charts, and recently started re-reading the 5th edition of Jeremy Siegel’s classic “Stocks for the Long Run“.  Being naturally curious, I also like to keep an eye on how investments in “Bonds for the Long Run”, “Balanced Portfolios for the Long Run” and “Alternative Investments for the Long Run” would do.  Siegel’s […]

Performance of the GFM Singapore 20 vs the Straits Times Index Tracker Fund 2016

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In Hong Kong, we aim to outperform the Hang Seng index through a proprietary selection of stocks we believe are higher quality and/or better valued than the market-cap weighting of the 50 stocks of the index, and in most cases in Hong Kong we also try and avoid low-float companies.  For the 12 months ending […]

Performance of the GFM Hong Kong 30 vs the Hang Seng Index Tracker Fund

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In Hong Kong, we aim to outperform the Hang Seng index through a proprietary selection of stocks we believe are higher quality and/or better valued than the market-cap weighting of the 50 stocks of the index, and in most cases in Hong Kong we also try and avoid low-float companies.  For the 12 months ending […]