Three Common Investment Mistakes, And How To Fix Them

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM) Whether you’re working with a broker or  advisor, or you’re managing your own investments, watch out for these common investment errors. They are: 1) having multiple overlapping holdings (and not being aware of it), 2) having a risky portfolio that’s a poor fit with your needs and 3) letting […]

Are You Making These Common Investment Mistakes? Here’s What To Do.

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner™ Do you manage your own investments? If so, you may be making one or more of these common mistakes: 1) you have an extreme portfolio that’s a poor fit with your needs, 2) you have too many overlapping holdings and/or 3) if you’re married, one spouse (often the husband) […]

5 Lessons Learned from the 10 Year US Bull Market

By Eve Kaplan, CFP® We’re celebrating 10 years of a remarkable bull market in US stocks. Here are 5 lessons reinforced during this time: Lesson 1: Stay the Course When Things Get Rough The 2008-09 crash seemed to be The End of the World because the entire banking system (with knock-on effects worldwide) was in […]

Better Annuities Are Fixed Annuities

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner ™ In my prior article I explained the kinds of annuities that are “bad” or “ugly” for investors: virtually all variable annuities, including indexed annuities (that are misleadingly categorized at a type of fixed annuity). My objections have to do primarily with cost and the fact that they often are sold […]

“It’s Greek to Me!” – Understanding Your Investment Statements

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner™ Note: I recently gave a seminar at the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge, NJ. Here are a few points that we touched on. When you look at your monthly investment statement, do you think “this looks like Greek to me”? Do you ignore all but the first page, […]

Are You a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted Investor?

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM). Are you a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted investor? If you’re a near-sighted investor, you probably check your investment balances frequently (even several times a day) and you feel good when your investments are up. Your focus is short-term, even though you may live another 30-50 years. Conversely, you worry or feel regret when […]

Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice

by Eve Kaplan, CFP(R) Professional Here are Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice that can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your investment dollars. The first 3 “Pieces of Advice” are connected. It’s a good practice to verify if your broker or advisor is following these tips or not (I’m always amazed to see how many money managers disregard these […]