Life Insurance

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 2 Life insurance probably ranks up there with wills and estate planning when it comes to enthusiasm for the average person. They both have to do with death. Really, life insurance should be called death insurance since...

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Risk Management

An Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management – Part 1 Wouldn’t you love to be a risk manager? It sounds like a job for the man or woman who gets great joy from being a party pooper. I suppose that might be true in some circumstances,...

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Passive Indexing vs. Active Management

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 7 In the world of investment funds, passive investments that track an index are relatively recent innovations. In the US, John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, launched a mutual fund in the 1970s that tracked the S&P 500 Index....

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The Wide World of Mutual Fund Categories

An Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 5.4 Diversification is one of the main benefits of mutual funds. With one purchase you can buy a piece of a wide variety of securities. Nevertheless, some mutual funds are quite narrowly focused and should probably be complemented by...

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What is a Fixed Income Investment?

Introduction to Investment Planning – Part 2.1 Bonds are fixed income investments “Stocks and bonds”: These are the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio. I will write about stocks in an upcoming post, but after my discussion of cash or cash-like assets (e.g., savings accounts) in...

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