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Real Estate Investing with REITs, Pros and Cons

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Real estate can make an great addition to almost any portfolio. However, few of us have the large amount of capital needed to buy a property, and it can be difficult to get approval for a mortgage. Fortunately, there are alternative investments that allow you to become a real estate investor without having to overcome … Read moreReal Estate Investing with REITs, Pros and Cons

Dividend Investing with the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

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One of the ways to generate passive income is through dividend investing. But where do you start? Stock picking is a term that many of us are wary of; however, there are ways to choose solid stocks for your income portfolio. One way to find the best dividend stocks is to start with the Dividend … Read moreDividend Investing with the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

How Much of Your Portfolio Should Be in International Stocks?

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If you are new to investing and asset allocation, you might see some recommendations to invest in International Stocks, but every person you asks seem to give you a different answer about what percentage of your portfolio should be in international stocks, and why. Personally, I have been in the 30% range for a long … Read moreHow Much of Your Portfolio Should Be in International Stocks?

Best Investments for Low Interest Rate Environment

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Low interest rates might be good for the economy and consequently for the Stock Market; however, it is no laughing matter to the millions of seniors that depend on fixed-income investments for their retirement income. With Treasury yields in the mid-2% range and lower (see Bloomberg.com), investors are finding that the low interest rates make … Read moreBest Investments for Low Interest Rate Environment

What are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)?

What are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)? They are investment funds that hold underlying assets like a mutual fund, but are traded on the stock exchange like individual stocks. To better understand ETFs, here are some of the characteristics grouped into their similarity with mutual funds and individual stocks. ETF Characteristics ETFs are Similar to Mutual Funds … Read moreWhat are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)?