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Investing Tip #177: Invest Wisely to Beat Inflation

Inflation causes money to lose value. Money will not buy the same amount of goods or services in the future as it does now. It is therefore important to consider inflation as a factor in any long-term investment strategy. Look at an investment’s ‘real’ rate of return, which is the return after inflation. The aim […]

Investing Tip #176: Investing Does Not Mean Gambling

Gambling depends on pure luck. Your luck works for you. When investing, you don’t put money on luck. You put your money in well researched investment products where your money can grow. Investments are generally for longer term, for larger needs and future demands. If you want to learn more check out the following resources: Investing […]

Investing Tip #173: Focus on Investment Quality, Not Quantity

Your investing success depends on the correct selection of companies and buying them at the correct price. To be a successful investor, you do not need a large number of stocks. You need only a few outstanding companies. Keep your list of stocks short packed with the best companies. Focus on investment quality, not quantity. […]

Investing Tip #172: Don’t Invest in Treasuries When Interest Rates are Likely to Increase

When interest rates are low, yields on treasuries are also low and their prices are high. Yields and market price move in opposite directions. If interest rates increase in the future, the treasuries price will decline recording a loss for you. If you want to learn more check out these resources: Treasury Bills: A Smart […]

Investing Tip #170: Look at a Company’s Product Life Cycle

The growth of business depends on the present stage of the product demand and chances of new substitute products coming into market. Select market leaders who can sustain their edge over time. Some products are short lived and replaced by new hi-tech products. Invest in companies with products unlikely to be replaced. If you want […]

Investing Tip #167: Don’t Try to Beat the Market

Behavioral Finance says individual investors should aim at making reasonable earnings on their portfolio. They should not attempt to beat the market. Trying to beat the market is a losing game. If you want to learn more check out these resources: What Do You Tell the Successful Stock Picker? Could a Monkey Beat Your Portfolio?

10 Short Term Investments For Young Investors

Right now, the market is at all time highs, but it’s starting to pull back. If you’re a young investor and don’t want to see an immediate decline in your portfolio, now’s a good time to consider short term investment options. Short term investments typically don’t see the growth of longer term investments, but that’s […]

Investing Tip #166: Don’t Use Technical Analysis Mechanically

Technical Analysts predict prices based on price trends and patterns. It is a common investor behavior to make short term profits from such predictions. But ultimately it leads to portfolio concentration and also drags returns. If you want to learn more check out these resources: The Importance of An Investing Mentor Investing for Millennials

Investing Tip #165: Technical Analysis Needs Professional Expertise

Technical analysis is based on interpretation of charts and graphs to find meaningful patterns. The estimates based on wrong interpretation may lead to the wrong forecast about the short term price movements. Depend on professional technical analysts only. If you want to learn more check out these posts: Swing Trading Strategies with Alexander Elder: 3 […]

Investing Tip #164: Many Financial Products are Mis-Sold

Many financial advisors, through television and print media, provide advice which is not in the best interest of investors. Financial Planners may influence your decision to buy financial products you don’t need. Listen but critically analyze their advice before taking action. If you want to learn more check out these resources: Lessons Learned from a 28 […]

Diebold Turnaround Could Create Value for Investors

Diebold’s products are used almost every day by people across the world.  Diebold is best known as the manufactures of ATMs. It is in the midst of a turnaround that could generate value for investors.  It is not a sexy story, and that has left it under covered.  Often in those circumstances, investors can find […]

Investing Tip #163: Consult with Financial Advisors on a Fee Only Basis

A financial advisor working for a percent based commission has his interest ahead of yours. He gets commission driven by sales. He will push products on you. An advisor with a high standard of ethics will charge you a fee only and will give you honest advice. If you want to learn more check out […]

The Firm that Specialist Fund Managers Trust – John Hancock Investments

John Hancock Investments has been the pioneer of innovation on the fiercely competitive financial markets of the world. Successful investments specialists with enviable client portfolios continue to feel empowered with John Hancock’s novel manager-of-manager approach that makes the form stand strong and tall in the volatile investments fund management market. Trust John Hancock to walk […]

Investing Tip #161: Protect Your Hard Earned Savings from Inflation

Inflation erodes your wealth. This can be overcome by investing in blue chip companies and high quality equity mutual funds for the long term. Keep your investments simple to monitor risks involved. If you want to learn more check out these resources: How to Protect Against Inflation Eating Up Your Investments Investors Beware: Protect Your […]

Investing Tip #160: Avoid Pyramid Schemes

Always remember if something sounds too good to be true, avoid it. A pyramid scheme promises payment without any economic activity just by inducting new members. Pure pyramid schemes are banned in several countries. But they emerge under dubious names with new formats. And their promoters would usually vanish with your money. If you want […]

Investing Tip #159: Fixed Maturity Plans are Tax Efficient

The Fixed Maturity Plan has emerged as an attractive avenue for a short term investment. FMPs are close ended mutual funds with a fixed maturity date and the funds are parked in corporate debt, government securities and market instruments of matching duration. FMPs offer tax advantages. If you want to learn more check out these […]

How Shark Tank is Making Me a Better Investor

I’m enjoying the new season of Shark Tank, a reality show where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to venture capitalists who decide whether or not to invest in a business. The show provides some great investment lessons from very successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Here are just a few reminders that Shark Tank gives […]