InfolificMoney Management – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:56:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Places to Retire in the World http://infolific.com/money-management/retirement/places-to-retire/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:43:22 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/retirement/places-to-retire/ I can only imagine how many people have ask themselves the question of where best to retire. I'm no different. In fact, I've been asking myself that question many times over the years. It has been my dream to not necessarily not work, but to [...]

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Bond ETF: Safety With Liquidity and Flexibility? http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/bond-etf/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:35:36 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/bond-etf/ Bond exchange trade funds (ETFs) are very well represented in the world of investing. Selections from Barclay's Global Investors alone come in six variations. They include short-term treasury bonds (SHY), medium-term treasury bonds (IEF), long-term treasury bonds (TLT), inflation protected treasuries (TIP), corporate bonds (LQD), [...]

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Retiring in El Valle de Anton, Panamana http://infolific.com/money-management/retirement/retiring-in-el-valle-de-anton/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:11:55 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/retirement/retiring-in-el-valle-de-anton/ El Valle de Anton in the middle of Panama Panama was the first place I was seriously considering for retirement. My reasons were many, but there were some obvious high points such as Central America not being all that far from the US and Canada [...]

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TradeKing Review http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/tradeking-review/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:07:55 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/tradeking-review/ Section 1: Web Site Functionality Navigation NOTE: TradeKing would have made the top ten if we had reviewed them in time for our 2008 Online Brokerage Rankings. We're not going to tell you where they would have landed because that would spoil the fun of [...]

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ETF Exit Strategy Considerations: When Do You Get Out? http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/etf-exit-strategy-considerations/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:57:14 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/etf-exit-strategy-considerations/ I have to admit that the massive decline in values for most, if not all, exchange traded funds back in 2008 and 2009 got me thinking about exit strategies. At the moment I'm relatively young, gainfully employed, and I have a comfortable cash buffer. However, [...]

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7 Tips of Successful Forex Trading http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/tips-successful-forex-trading/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:39:59 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/tips-successful-forex-trading/ Through the birth of online forex brokers, currency trading has become accessible to anyone with a laptop or a smartphone. This has enabled people around the world to make money on the trillion-dollar global currency market, which has previously only been open to large institutional [...]

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Getting Around the Wash Sale Rule with ETFs http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/wash-sale-rule-with-etfs/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:33:57 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/wash-sale-rule-with-etfs/ Generally you want to avoid any investment tips that start off with “getting around… ” But this time, I think you should pay attention. ETFs can be used to perform a tax swap. What this means is that you can sell an ETF that has [...]

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ScottTrade Review http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/scotttrade-review/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:28:06 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/scotttrade-review/ Section 1: Web Site Functionality Rank Navigation Scottrade's site is very easy to navigate. This is an ideal place for beginning online investors to start, there is very little clutter. Scottrade would be considered basic or stripped down by more sophisticated investors but the design [...]

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Two Brain ETF Portfolio: Rational Investing With Some Fun Mixed In http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/two-brain-etf-portfolio/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:12:01 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/two-brain-etf-portfolio/ Dr. Martin Seligman, a psychologist, and his colleagues focus on studying and ultimately helping build healthy minds. Sounds like a fun job, doesn't it? Their research has shown that happy people live longer, are healthier, have more satisfying family lives, enjoy their work more, and [...]

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The Risky Experiment with Negative Interest Rates http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/risky-experiment-negative-interest-rates/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:58:09 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/risky-experiment-negative-interest-rates/ In the past, negative nominal interest rates have always been regarded as a theoretical phenomenon. The general assumption used to be that there is a logical zero-bound for interest rates. Most people wouldn't consider it natural to be paid to borrow money. Recently, the ECB [...]

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Retail Investors are Idiots And the Pros Bank On It http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/retail-investors-are-idiots/ Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:50:26 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/retail-investors-are-idiots/ It'd be an exaggeration to say that I'm a fan of Jim Cramer. I do enjoy watching his show while at the gym as it makes the 30 minutes on the stationary bicycle go by quicker. I've always considered the show to be entertainment though. [...]

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Technical ETF: If You Believe In the Approach But Want Pros to Execute http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/technical-etf/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:46:36 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/technical-etf/ PowerShares has just released another exchange traded fund (ETF) and added yet another twist on what many people say has become a crowded market. The PowerShares DWA Technical Leaders Portfolio (PDP) tracks and index of 100 stocks that are assembled by the team at Dorsey [...]

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The Great Shrinking Emergency Fund http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/shrinking-emergency-fund/ Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:11:03 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/shrinking-emergency-fund/ There's near unanimity in the belief that you should have a cash emergency fund. The problem with that supposedly inviolate rule is that in low interest times like we're now in, your emergency fund gets smaller and smaller every day. I advocate alternatives to the [...]

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What are the Best Day Trading Forms – Pros and Cons http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/best-day-trading-forms-pros-cons/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:35:03 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/best-day-trading-forms-pros-cons/ Many people are turning to day trading for an exposure to the financial markets and the internet is awash with lots of success stories of ordinary people that made their fortune from day trading. In the simplest of terms, day trading is the business of [...]

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Couch Potato ETF Portfolio: Probably Better Than Constant Tinkering http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/couch-potato-etf-portfolio/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:46:19 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/couch-potato-etf-portfolio/ Scott Burns is one of America's top financial columnists and nationally syndicated with the Dallas Morning News. Last year he co-authored the best-selling Coming Generational Storm, the definitive work on the impact of the multi-trillion dollar Social Security and Medicare deficits. And Burns also happens [...]

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Equal Weight ETFs: Favoring Smaller Cap Holdings Could Be Key http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/equal-weight-etfs/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:43:10 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/equal-weight-etfs/ Every now and again the debate of equal-weight vs. market capitalization-weight ETFs (exchange traded funds) takes center stage. Depending on who you talk to, one is often cited as being better than the other. I disagree. Both styles provide different investments. So maybe one is [...]

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New Lessons of the Stock Market (Humor) http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/new-lessons-of-the-stock-market/ Wed, 25 May 2016 13:00:01 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/new-lessons-of-the-stock-market/ The following definitions are more useful than any stock market news you'll read anywhere else 🙂 CEO — Chief Embezzlement Officer. CFO — Corporate Fraud Officer. BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius. BEAR MARKET [...]

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Short Selling a House: Last Resort for An Underwater Mortgage Holder http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/short-selling-a-house/ Mon, 09 May 2016 12:24:55 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/short-selling-a-house/ With the deterioration of the housing market, there's been an increased interest in ‘short selling' homes. I didn't know much about short selling, so I did a little research. I should say up front that I don't have any personal experience in this topic (thank [...]

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Index Roll Investing Strategy: A Complicated Approach http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/index-roll-investing-strategy/ Sat, 07 May 2016 04:06:36 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/index-roll-investing-strategy/ The Index Roll is a passive long-term investment strategy that combines indexed investing with cheap investment debt using long-term call options (LEAP calls) to achieve very high investment returns. The investment strategy is passive. It requires no trading, speculating, or ongoing financial analysis, and the [...]

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Day Trading and Technical Analysis: Is History Destined To Repeat? http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/day-trading-technical-analysis/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:22:47 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/day-trading-technical-analysis/ Technical analysis is the complete opposite of fundamental analysis so it's no wonder that Day Trading is one of my least favorites strategy. This is a high-risk strategy, even for those that master it. The vast majority of new day traders don't last a year, [...]

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REIT ETF: Own Real Estate Without Having To Mow the Lawn http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/reit-etf/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:04:47 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/reit-etf/ You've no doubt heard that for the last several years the real estate market has been hot with returns exceeding many other asset classes. Fortunately for stock market investors there is a way to tap in to that growth with Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) [...]

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Oil ETF: Will Increasing Consumption Lift These Funds? http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/oil-etf/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:02:11 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/oil-etf/ Getting a positive return on your investments is getting to be more difficult. Markets tend to be volatile, interest rates are forever being reduced, and inflation is going up seemingly non-stop. The value of everyone's money is in a downward spiral. In these uncertain times, [...]

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Barclays' International REIT ETF: Own Property (Sort Of) Around the World http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/barclays-international-reit/ Sat, 09 Apr 2016 23:11:46 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/barclays-international-reit/ Back in October of 2006 I wrote how I wished there was an easy way to tap in to international real estate. In April of this year, StateStreet beat other exchange traded fund providers to the punch with their International REIT ETF. Still, as a [...]

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Coffeehouse ETF Portfolio: Boring, But Simple http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/coffeehouse-etf-portfolio/ Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:40:12 +0000 Darren Berardi http://infolific.com/money-management/exchange-traded-funds/coffeehouse-etf-portfolio/ Back in 1999 when everyone was betting the ranch on tech and dot-com, Bill Schultheis, a former Salomon Smith Barney broker and the author of The Coffeehouse Investor, launched his Coffeehouse Portfolio. This portfolio was as boring as a cup of instant coffee on a [...]

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All About Mutual Funds: 5,500 Words Should About Do It http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/all-about-mutual-funds/ Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:35:31 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/all-about-mutual-funds/ A Mutual Fund is, in essence, a pool of money from several investors that is managed by a professional money manager or “Fund Manager” for a fee. Granted, that's a simplistic description for a complex type of security but from an investor's perspective, it's a [...]

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