Investment Products: If It Has to Be Sold, Don’t Buy It!

Non-financial firms can make consistent profits by combining parts into a whole. For example, GM buys parts, puts them together and sells cars for more than the cost of the parts. GM adds value by putting the parts together. But financial firms cannot add value merely by buying securities and combining them into a portfolio….

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

Readjust Your Focus When Planning for Retirement

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Michael Falk is a partner with Focus Consulting Group and the chief strategist on a global hedge fund. His background includes extensive asset allocation research and portfolio development expertise along with a multi-faceted understanding of behavioral finance and retirement issues. He spoke to…

 

What to Do If You Win the Lottery

Winning the lottery or otherwise suddenly coming into a large sum of money creates a set of challenges from a financial and estate planning standpoint. While it’s a problem many of us would like to have, it is a challenge nonetheless. Just one or two improper decisions at the outset can have unwanted ramifications in…