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Delaying Social Security Benefits

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

It can be tempting to begin taking Social Security benefits the moment you are eligible. The following discusses some reasons why you may want to delay taking your benefits. You’re ready to retire and have paid a lot into the Social Security system. But now that you’re finally eligible for benefits, you might be hearing… Read More

Debunking Hedge Fund Myths

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

This article looks at six myths surrounding hedge funds and some of the reasons why many high net worth investors continue to invest in hedge funds despite growing academic evidence and reports by more than a few in the financial media that hedge funds are “mad, bad and dangerous.”1 The evolving body of information about… Read More

Madoff Scandal Draws Attention to Hedge Fund Risks

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Investors around the country and around the world may have experienced some panic when the scandal involving Bernard Madoff — described as a $50 billion Ponzi scheme — became known. Some investors may be wondering if their assets may fall prey to the same kind of situation. The following discusses why investors in mutual funds… Read More

Hedge Funds’ Scandalous Behavior

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Several academic studies have shown hedge funds to be poor investment choices for prudent investors. Now, several scandals have added to the evidence on this being a poor asset choice. The investing world was rocked with the news of another hedge fund scandal, as Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam was arrested with five others in… Read More

The Performance of Funds of Hedge Funds

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

One of the risks of investing in hedge funds involves tying up large amounts of assets in a single investment vehicle. The advent of funds of hedge funds supposedly provided advisors with a means of diversifying the risks of investing in hedge funds. Have investors been rewarded? The following article summarizes a study showing that… Read More

Lessons from 2010

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Every year, Larry Swedroe takes a look back at the investing lessons the markets provided in the past year. While 2010 was a fine year for the markets, that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two about investing. In fact, we can be just as likely to lose our discipline in good times… Read More

Travel Plans

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Overview : A typical vacation planning checklist is bound to include the usual considerations: booking a rental car, making hotel reservations and testing how much can really fit into that carry-on luggage. But not as many travelers consider what they would do if a serious health crisis were to occur on their trip. Following is… Read More

Retirement Plans: Crucial Conversations

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Overview:Co-authors Alan Spector and Keith Lawrence wrote Your Retirement Quest: 10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement based on a decade of research and interviews with more than 200 retirees. In this article, Alan and Keith discuss the crucial conversations that people should have as they consider retirement. Have you discussed your retirement… Read More

Planning Through Generations

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Overview: Multigenerational planning involves the transfer of wealth, but it also extends to intangible concepts such as family values and legacy wishes. Conversations about multigenerational planning begin with the first generation.The success of an estate plan can depend on whether the details of that plan have been properly communicated to family members. Therefore, it is… Read More

Retirement Account Basics

  • October 17th, 2010
  • Educated Investor

Is it a good idea to keep multiple accounts from previous employers? It is not unusual for an individual to acquire several retirement plan accounts over different phases of a career. When it comes to retirement accounts, simplicity is key. Having several plans may seem like a fail-safe in troubled times, but from a personal… Read More

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