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The Three Legged Stool
My paternal grandparents were born near Lake Como, Italy. My grandfather learned how to farm, and he did just that until he died chopping wood at age 88. As a boy, I would walk into the barn where I watched him milking cows. Never got the hang of it, but I liked hearing the ping of fresh milk in the galvanized bucket. In order to get where he needed to reach, Popper would sit on a three legged stool. That wooden stool causes me to think of three investment legs for every household or business endeavor. As you know, lots of things come in sequence or synergy of three, even sneezes.
First leg: Investment Portfolio
Although debate continues about asset allocation, no one denies the impact and importance of diversification. Equally, all investors are aware of investment risk, even though many won't talk about it. Assets divided among a diverse group of assets adds further safety when money gets exposed to the unexpected. We may find ourselves within the matrix of major or macro economic changes. Observing the price of oil, the weakened value of the dollar, and the emergence of China recommends broad asset class participation. Robert Kreitler in his book, Getting Started In Global Investing writes, "Investors focused exclusively on on Wall Street are ignoring the global sea change occurring in world markets."
Noticed the manic behavior or volatility of the markets? Volatility equals investor uncertainty. Since institutions account for most of the stock and bond trading, even the "big boys and girls" find the markets "uncertain". Implementing hedge strategies seeks to reduce the uncertainty while benefiting from the volatility. "Hedging your bet" acknowledges that when one asset is up, another is down. Specialty mutual funds make commodity, currency, and real estate investment choices possible. Consider reading Roger Gibson's Asset Allocation: Balancing Financial Risk
Second leg: Real Estate
My maternal grandfather never trusted the stock market. Lumber, mortar, land, mortgages represented what mattered for him. Admittedly, it worked for him. My wife tells me of a local couple who have leveraged their home equity to purchase a "fixer-upper" that they hope to "flip" for a profit. Real estate is a net worth maker for some. All investments have "boom and bust" cycles. Landlords have lost tenants to low mortgage interest rates. Now, the cycle may change, and multi-unit rental property may provide positive cash flow and long-term capital gains. Although finding property where you live makes logistical sense; locating a property in places like New Bern, North Carolina may provide income and a retirement home. Scott Frank tells his strategy in Buy Low, Rent Smart, Sell HighThird leg: Cash Flow
One of our children changed jobs recently. It was all about cash flow. In our community, those on fixed income become frustrated by increasing property taxes; it's all about cash flow. Finding a continued stream of income, even in small increments, validates the effort. From hobbies to web sites, entrepreneurial instincts work for many. Ask Martha Stewart or Kevin Bidwell. Each succeeds with an idea that serves users while providing potential life-time streams of income. Not many of us like multi-level marketing; however, multi-billion dollar businesses exist because many do believe in it. A call from a successful colleague living in India yesterday confirms this interest internationally. Ecommerce transactions exceeded 3 trillion dollars in North America during 2004, and all the ideas have not been discovered. Want some guidelines for testing your ideas? Read The Wall Street Journal, Monday, May 9, 2005, "You Have A Great Idea. Now What?" by Wendy Bounds.
"... A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV (New International Version)
Ray Randall serves clients as a registered investment advisor with his firm, Ethos Advisory Services, Essex, Massachusetts http://www.ethosadvisory.com. He has wide experience within the financial services industry, writes a weekly newsletter for Ethos Advisory Services, and coordinates the developments at Echievements http://www.echievements.com. Ray holds a Masters Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA. You may email him or call (877-895-3756).
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The Differences Betweeen the Wealthy and Everyone Else
I recently received an e-mail from a young lady who had doubts about the principles of wealth found in "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". She mentioned a couple of past failed investments, and wanted to know what I thought about investing and financial freedom - whether it was just a myth, or whether it could be acquired.
Stock Market Retirement Investment Plan
For a successful retirement investment plan to work in the stock market, some 'reasonably sure' assumptions would have to be made:The retirement investment plan must take into consideration the one prevailing constant in any stock market security - risk and uncertainty. Understanding that risk and uncertainty are the key factors that propels the return on investment in the stock market far beyond the returns of Passbook Savings Accounts, CD's or Bonds are a start.
Investing and Understanding What You Buy
"There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action!"Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)I don't really know how cars actually work. Not really! I know how to drive them, but if you asked me how they work, I would not really know how to definitely explain it.
How Do I Start Investing Online and What Are Some Basic Tips?
If you are new to investing online, don't put your entire life savings into an online account. Start with a smaller sum, which will be easier to handle and keep track of.
By definition, value investing is the process of selecting stocks that trade for less than their intrinsic value. A value investor typically selects stocks with lower than average price-to-book or price-to-earning ratios.
Can Your Annuity Do This?
Many people buy annuities according to their agent's recommendations. However, many people do not even know what they own.
Issuing Warrants to Investors
When raising capital for a business venture, warrants are a common form of equity that is given to investors. A warrant is like an option - it gives the holder the right to buy a security at a fixed or formulaic price, which is known as the "exercise" or "strike" price.
HYIPs Investments or Scams?
High Yield Investment Programs (HYIPs) appear at first to be the secret to unlimited wealth and fortune, but as you can guess that quickly changes. However, I have found myself still using them in a very limited fashion as a generator for my digital currency exchange.
Begging Your Trust in Africa
The syntax is tortured, the grammar mutilated, but the message - sent by snail mail, telex, fax, or e-mail - is coherent: an African bigwig or his heirs wish to transfer funds amassed in years of graft and venality to a safe bank account in the West. They seek the recipient's permission to make use of his or her inconspicuous services for a percentage of the loot - usually many millions of dollars.
Justify Social Security ... Dont Save for Retirement
It is a common question when investors review their retirement plan-should we include social security benefits into our retirement income projections?It seems the closer an investor is to retirement, the more likely he/she will include social security benefits into the analysis. Younger investors, however, may feel compelled to omit such benefits.
Online Trading Options Strategies - Rolling
Rolling is defined in options online trading as moving a position from one strike to another either vertically in the same month, horizontally to another month or some combination thereof.Other times, you may have to buy your short call back so that you will not lose your stock.
How to Calculate the Value of Your U.S. Savings Bonds
If you're like many Americans over the age of 55, you've probably had money taken out of your paychecks for years and years in order to purchase U. S.
The stock market fell sharply Thu and Fri before and after the employment reports Fri morning. The Nonfarm Payrolls report showed 207,000 net jobs were added in July, which were 27,000 more than the market expected.
The economic data reported Fri showed continued above trend growth with disinflation (at the core level, excluding food and energy) in the second quarter. Real output growth has slowed from about 4% in 2003 & 2004 to just over 3 1/2% so far this year, while a core inflation rate fell from 3% last quarter to 2%.
Trend following also called momentum trading is the simplest and safest method of stock market investing. It puts you in stocks and mutual funds that are going up and gets you out when they start down.
Success Trading: Yet More Basic Terminology for New Traders
In this day and age of online brokers for virtually every market out there, there are some very useful tools that will help protect your account and lock in profits when you have them. It is our recommendation that you use a good online broker and take advantage of not only the low commissions they offer, but also the automated tools that are available.
The Arrow-Debreu Contingent Claims Model of Investment
Throughout the discussion of speculation and stability, we emphasized that uncertainty theorists now have a generally accepted framework for modeling choice under uncertainty. Economic theorists have chosen to model uncertainty as the revelation of a state of the world.
The Economy Is Not The Stock Market
Several days ago, the Commerce Department reported that May's factory orders had increased by a 2.9 percent.
Why You Need To Buy and Sell Gold Coins (Part 2)
How to Collect Rare CoinsFor Fun and ProfitTime has proven that collectors tend to make the most money in rare coins because they search out "undervalued coins" and buy during market lulls. Buying in today's market climate offers you superb upside profit potential.
Investing in World Markets
There are many different ways to invest in world markets: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, commodities or currencies. Sometimes people refer to these options as investment vehicles (or method of investment).
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