The 1% Solution
You probably know the story of Sherlock Holmes and the 7% solution. He had a drug addiction. He needed the drug. He was able to control his addiction by taking the drug in a 7% concentration. Anyone with common sense knows you cannot survive on 7%. It is a slow death.
When you retire you are familiar that most brokers and financial planners recommend you go into nice safe bonds that pay about 7% annually. That 7% solution will barely keep you alive until you die. Isn't there a better solution?
Conventional wisdom states that you should become extremely conservative when you are old and retire so your funds will last you until you check out. Let me assure there is no such thing as a conservative investment. That is an oxymoron. Even nice safe bonds have a way of going down the toilet. Even municipal bonds. So far U.S. government bonds have stood the test of time. That is, if you can live off that little 7% income.There is a better solution. I like the 1% solution. No, not 1% annually, but 1% weekly. No I am not kidding. Personally, I only invest in mutual funds and my return is usually about 1% per week. It can be done.
Brokers and most financial planners ("experts") will have you in a diversified portfolio - stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, etc., that changes as you get older. I also believe in mutual funds, only no-load mutual funds. My diversity is in different types of funds, but only in funds that are in the top 1% or better of all funds. There are more than 8,000 mutual funds and I pick the ones that are the best performers for the past 12 months and I check monthly to see they remain there. If it doesn't, I sell it and buy one that is. You can check this by looking in Investor's Business Daily newspaper as they list the top 25 for the past 6 months and 12 months. Forget 3 years and 5 years. You pick yours from the top ten.If you will do this you will average just about 1% per week in any bull market.
Isn't it time you looked at the 1% solution for your finances?
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A Triple Dipper: How to Make 3 Profits on 1 Stock Trade
This is a rather simple strategy with which I am sure a lot of seasoned traders are very familiar, possibly under some other name with which I am not familiar. I wanted to write about it because I don't see anyone talking about it anymore. Since the big hey-days of day trading and, of course, the burst of the Internet bubble of 2000, there seems to be a lack of patience that this strategy needs to work.
The Seven Mistakes All Novice Traders Make and How to Correct Them
We learnt the following the hard way! If any of these things applies to you, don't worry ? there is an easy solution!
Long Term Investing
In his wonderful book, 'Multiple Streams of Income', best selling author Robert Allen advises Investors to divide their Stock Market investment and trading capital into three portions -50% invested long term (forever) in an Index Fund, 30% invested in Accelerated Stock strategies and 20% in options or high risk investment strategies.
12 Basic Stock Investing Rules Every Successful Investor Should Follow
There are many important things you need to know to trade and invest successfully in the stock market or any other market. 12 of the most important things that I can share with you based on many years of trading experience are enumerated below.
Someday you may want to retire and continue to live in the life style to which you have become accustomed. According to conventional wisdom you will need less money because you will have fewer expenses than when you had to go to the office every day. Maybe. Let's hope so.
Choosing A Fund
For years I have been saying you must have a fund that is outperforming the S&P500 Index. Well, I've changed my mind. Now I think your fund should be outperforming the NASDAQ Composite Index. So far this year, March 30, the S&P is up 1.3% and the NASDAQ Composite is up 9.5 %.
Every day I hear from the "experts" on CNBC-TV and the radio gurus that the way to buy stocks is find value. One man's Rembrandt is another man's connect-the-dots and fill in the spaces. Valuation is like beauty. It is in the mind of the beholder.
Red, Green, Yellow - or - Stop, Go, Go Very Fast: Which Describes Your Online Trading?
Ever notice how behavior in one area of life can apply to behavior in other areas of life? For example, I've noticed a number of things while driving that apply to online trading. One of them is regarding how people behave toward traffic signals.
How Commodity Trading Differs from Stock Trading
There are major differences between trading stocks and trading futures. While stories of fortunes made or lost overnight on the futures markets are largely untrue, the futures trader, if using a sound trading system, can usually make more money on the futures market and make it much faster. However, if that trading system is not sound the trader can have greater losses.
Picking Mutual Funds to Outperform the Market
With over 6,000 mutual funds available, it may be tempting to pick funds from a popular star or index rating system. Savvy investors, however, balance multiple factors in their selection process. Ratings represent only the historical performance of funds and cannot predict the future. Performance consistency, management skill, and expense limitations are among the many factors that influence a fund's prospects. Each must be carefully evaluated to improve your chances of finding a fund to outperform the market.
The Next Bull Market
We are already in it, but you can't see it. It doesn't look like the one we had in '99. Like the magician who has you watching what he wants you to and with the other hand he is doing something else that is what is happening in the stock market today. The magician is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq or the S&P500 Index. These have John Q. Public mesmerized.
How to Short Stocks? How to Make Money when Your Stocks Go Down by Shorting
The stock market can present you with a lot of hot stocks every day. Many of them are new technology stocks that come from the nanotech, biotech, voip, healthcare, homeland defense or internet sectors.
Online Broker Trade History Not Doing the Job
Let me start by saying that...
When is a dividend not a dividend?
Advisory News Letters
Several times each month I am solicited by various market touts who have a newsletter service, faxes or emails they are willing to send me to make me rich. That sure is nice of them.
Trend Trading - Trading Stocks Using Technical Analysis and Swing Trading Strategies
Peter is a professional trader, Paul is not. Peter has a tested, proven, written trading plan that he follows each time he enters a trade, Paul does not. Peter has agreed to meet with Paul to help Paul become a more successful trader.
A Good Fund Manager
Every Wall Street analyst, financial planner and broker will tell you that the right way to pick a mutual fund is find a good money manager of a fund that has a long time record.
There is a current movie entitled "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". It is about a man who has had a painful love affair and will do anything to rid his mind of those pain thoughts of a former love. He sees an advertisement that offers just such a service. It seems his former lover has the exact thoughts and she goes through the same treatment. Guess what? They meet again, do not recognize each other, and fall in love again.
Investing in Trash Company Stocks
Refuse is a serious issue in any society, about as serious as cleaning the water and air, even more so to some degree, especially if you study your history with regards to the plague. This is why it is considered one of the better long-term hold stocks to have in one's portfolio. Today people are living much longer generally due to cleaner living environments, proper trash disposal, sewer treatment plants and a relatively clean civilization.
Analysts - Do They Really Know The Stock Market?
When you become interested in a stockor mutual fund you can call your broker and hewill send you reports on how the company is doing,what their management is like and what might bethe projected earnings for the company and how theindustry is doing. Great information.
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