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What is a Market Maker?

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  26 May 2010

This is a term you may have come across occasionally, but Market Makers have been in the news quite a bit in the past few weeks in reference to the “Flash Crash” that took place earlier this month. Unless you live in a cave, you’re probably aware that during the Flash Crash the Dow Jones…

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Part IV. Fund of Hedge Funds

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  5 May 2010

There is yet another way that investors can access the “alternative” strategies that traditionally have only been available through hedge funds. This is the creature known as the “fund of hedge funds” (FOHF), which is simply a fund that invests its assets in two or more hedge funds. Some FOHFs register with the SEC, and…

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Part III. Hedge Fund Strategies in Mutual Fund Format

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  13 Apr 2010

So, you don’t qualify as an accredited investor, (It’s okay. There are lots of us.) but you’re yearning for those sexy and sophisticated hedge fund strategies? Or perhaps you are an accredited investor, but you can’t stomach the big initial investment required by most hedge funds? Well friends, when there is a demand for something…

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Many Areas Less Affected by Housing Bust

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  31 Mar 2010

There was an interesting post yesterday in the Wall Street Journal Blogs/Real Time Economics section discussing how many areas of the country have not had such a serious housing bust as California, Arizona, Florida, and the East coast have had. See, Much of U.S. was Insulated From Housing Bust in the WSJ. The main reasons…

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Part II. Hedge Funds vs. Mutual Funds

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  15 Mar 2010

Hedge funds and mutual funds are both investment vehicles that involve a professionally managed portfolio in which investors hope to achieve a positive return. Neither of them are purchased or sold on stock exchanges. Other than that, there are relatively few similarities. Let’s talk about the differences. Who can invest? As I discussed in Part…

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What’s a Hedge Fund? Part I

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  2 Mar 2010

We hear about these things all the time, usually in the context of someone talking about a “billionaire hedge fund manager”. Most people who don’t really know what hedge funds are have nevertheless formed impressions that they are risky and only available to the ultra-wealthy. Is there any truth behind these impressions? Let’s talk. What’s…

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Estate Planning Update, February 17, 2010

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  18 Feb 2010

Although we take pride in the fact that we write our own weblog content, we will occasionally post material from outside sources that we have come to trust. The article printed below was authored by Attorney John J. Scroggin. We were granted permission to post it here by virtue of our subscription to LISI (Leimberg…

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Identity Theft and the Importance of Monitoring Your Credit

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  8 Feb 2010

With so many financial transactions being performed online over the internet these days, there are ample opportunities for those with nefarious intentions to usurp your identity, run up huge bills, and ruin your credit score. Since your credit score is a vital part of your financial well being and can dramatically impact your life for…

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Japan’s “Lost Decade” Are we bound to repeat it?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  29 Jan 2010

Lately, many economists and financial expert-types have been drawing comparisons between what is happening in the US right now with what Japan has experienced in their economy since 1989. Many of the pundits believe that our current economic policy will lead us right to where Japan finds itself today, and everyone agrees that is not…

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Fee-only, Fee-based and Commission-based. How Financial Professionals Get Paid, and How It Affects You.

BLOG, EDUCATION  |  26 Jan 2010

At the conclusion of my gripping piece on the differences between financial professionals of varying titles (Brokers, Advisors and Planners! Oh My!), I promised you a follow-up article of equal or greater value on the topic of compensation. Well, here it is. I have to warn you that you probably shouldn’t read this near your…

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