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What to expect from financial markets

By Dan Moisand | January 14, 2019

One of the keys to successful investing is understanding what to expect from financial markets. 2018 marked the first calendar year the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped since 2015. On Christmas Eve, the S&P 500 Index (S&P) was 20% lower (excluding dividends) than its high point. The S&P tracks so-called “blue chip” stocks, stocks of…

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Five financial articles you should always ignore

By Dan Moisand | December 14, 2018

Five financial articles you should always ignore Quite simply, the best way to deal with the financial news media is to ignore them. This is easier said than done since the media is designed to provoke interest and build urgency. But interesting is not the same as important. …interesting is not the same as important.…

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Should I buy gold to protect against a dollar collapse?

By Dan Moisand | November 14, 2018

Should I buy gold to protect against a dollar collapse? No, you should not buy gold for fear of a dollar collapse. As the video discusses, this pitch is rubbish. Heck, you probably shouldn’t buy gold aside from coin collections and jewelry for personal use. Many unbiased experts don’t even consider gold an investment. Once…

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Introducing the MFT App for mobile devices

By Dan Moisand | October 12, 2018

Introducing the MFT App for mobile devices It wasn’t that long ago one would’ve needed to use a stack of printed statements and a financial calculator to determine the return on an investment. And, to find out how the market or an investment had behaved in the past, a trip to the library for historical…

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Lessons from the 2008 financial crisis

By Dan Moisand | September 14, 2018

Lessons from the 2008 financial crisis In September 2008, the brokerage firm Lehman Brothers collapsed due to risky trading in poorly designed securities. This kicked off one of the more dramatic financial crises in American history and what is now referred to as the Great Recession. The 10th anniversary of this event is a natural…

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With interest rates low, should I buy dividend paying stocks instead of bonds?

By Dan Moisand | August 14, 2018

With interest rates low, should I buy dividend paying stocks instead of bonds? No. Dividend-paying stocks are stocks not bonds and cannot be counted on to provide the stability good quality bond holdings have provided. Dividend paying stocks are every bit as risky as the rest of the stock market. Why? Dividend-paying stocks are a minority…

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