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Stock Diversification and Coin Flips

I wrote about this five years ago, in my pre-blog days, time to revisit and share with new readers. Today, we’re going to look at a complex topic, how diversification helps reduce your risk when investing in stocks. I’m going to use an analogy, coin flipping, to simulate stock returns in a way that should [...]

A Spring 2013 Roundup

We start this week with Young Cheap Living’s Open a Roth IRA and Buy a House? Um, No Thanks. It seems that Kraig doesn’t care to tie his money up long term, not in a house nor in retirement accounts. I never minded the tied up factor, but agree it can be a bit off-putting [...]

The Craziest Gold Forecast

Gold is now at $1600 per ounce. I’ve stated before, I believe it’s in bubble territory but there are those who think gold is going higher, not just a bit higher, but to $57,000 per ounce. I don’t want to link to such forecasts,  just google ‘gold to $57,000’ and you’ll find a number of [...]

Diversifying to Reduce Risk

While answering a question at StackExchange regarding backtesting of investing strategies, I came upon a web site, AssetPlay, which lets you test a variety of different asset class mixes over the last 36 years or so (currently 1972-2008). While tinkering to find the returns from 1980-2008 for different S&P and 5 year t-Notes I discovered [...]

A Post-Osama Monday Roundup

Hmm. I had a long weekend, out of town attending a wedding. As I sat down to review the links I saved from my reading this week, the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death hit the news. It’s the end of an era, I’m sure, but not the end of the war on terror. Someone [...]

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