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Staying the course

Once an investor develops a reasonable  plan for long-term investment,  a vital component to its success is for the investor stay the course and stick to the plan. This is perhaps the most challenging part of long-term investing.

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The evidence against market timing

Investors are exposed to a never-ending stream of newsprint articles, media talking heads, and internet chat  filled with prognostications and auguries that now is the time to buy or sell a specific stock; or now is time to jump in

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Stock and bond market return and risk

As we begin our lifelong investing “career” we must recognize the risks inherent in investing. A primary risk for investors accumulating the funds for their retirement years is that they fail to accumulate a nest egg that can outpace the

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Diversifying investments

A key investment principle is the need to diversify one’s investments. This principle harkens back to the proverbial “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” As an example, consider an individual employed by Microsoft who holds an investment portfolio

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Simplicity

John Bogle, in his speech, “Investing With Simplicity,” states:“Simplicity is the master-key to financial success. When there are multiple solutions to a problem, choose the simplest one.” Simplicity can take on a number of forms in the art of investing.

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Be mindful about taxes

Realizing the important benefit of limiting the costs of investing is a fundamental principle for improving investment returns, A  careful focus on tax efficiency is a way to cut the bite that taxes take from our nest eggs. Tax management

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The advantages of keeping investment costs low

Keeping investment costs low is a vital investment principle.  Investment expenses come directly from your investment return, and over the long-term eat into your wealth accumulation. Expenses are one aspect of investing that you can control, so understanding the various

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The advantages of investing early and often

Once you have adopted a sound financial lifestyle you can begin the process of accumulating financial wealth. As you begin to invest your savings a second principle comes into play:  invest early and often, for two important reasons: In order

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Living below your means

Perhaps the most important idea underlying any sound approach to investing is recognizing that you need to save a significant portion of income every month to have enough money for funding financial goals. Common goals include home purchases, higher education

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Why index?

There are many good reasons to make market capitalization index funds the core of one’s investment portfolio. The main advantages that investors receive when they index a portfolio include reduced costs, increased diversification, style purity, asset allocation consistency, and, usually,

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