Archive for September 2016

The State of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

“The average investor has no idea what’s going on, but this is a big shift.”1 That’s what Robert Gordon, the head of New York brokerage firm Twenty-First Securities, said about the reclassification of real estate investment trusts from the financial services sector into their own individual category. It’s not often that an investment makes this…

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Pension Payments and Retirement Income Trends

It used to be that only surviving soldiers were guaranteed an income to enjoy in their later years, a concept introduced during the first century B.C. by rulers of the Roman Empire. The idea of companies helping workers put money away for retirement didn’t exactly catch on with the rest of the workforce until the…

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Financial Strategies: CDs, Stocks and More

 In some way or another, there’s risk involved with any form of investment. Staying away from high-yield investments may prevent you from losing a significant amount of money, but then you may run the risk of not having enough retirement assets to reach your goals. Today, about 30 percent of individual investors’ liquid financial assets…

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Too Much Positivity Can Equal a Negative

  The mind is a powerful tool. It can protect, justify, trick and even make good things happen by its sheer will. A good example is the placebo effect, a biology-based phenomenon with proven positive results.1 But there are limits to what a positive mindset can truly accomplish. For example, a 2016 survey by asset…

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