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Balancing Your Investment Choices with Asset Allocation -by John Jastremski

A chocolate cake. Pasta. A pancake. They’re all very different, but they generally involve flour, eggs, and perhaps a liquid. Depending on how much of each ingredient you use, you can get very different outcomes. The same is true of … Continue reading

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Growth vs. Value: What’s the Difference? -by John Jastremski

With the wide variety of stocks in the market, figuring out which ones you want to invest in can be a challenging task. Many investors feel it’s useful to have a system for finding stocks that might be worth buying, … Continue reading

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Unit Investment Trusts -by John Jastremski

Despite offering certain distinct advantages for an investor, unit investment trusts (UITs) are not nearly as familiar to most people as, say, mutual funds. According to data compiled by the Investment Company Institute (ICI), in 2013 mutual funds held roughly … Continue reading

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The Power of Dividends in a Portfolio -by John Jastremski

It wasn’t so long ago that many investors regarded dividends as roughly the financial equivalent of a record turntable at a gathering of MP3 users–a throwback to an earlier era, irrelevant to the real action. But fast-forward a few years, … Continue reading

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Holding Equities for the Long Term: Time Versus Timing -by John Jastremski

Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years. Investing with an eye to the long … Continue reading

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Rollovers. by John Jastremski

In general, a rollover is the movement of funds from one retirement savings vehicle to another. You may want, or need, to make a rollover for any number of reasons–your employment situation has changed, you want to switch investments, or … Continue reading

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Active vs. Passive Portfolio Management- By John Jastremski

One of the longest-standing debates in investing is over the relative merits of active portfolio management versus passive management. With an actively managed portfolio, a manager tries to beat the performance of a given benchmark index by using his or … Continue reading

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Weighing the Choice between Taxable and Tax-Free Bonds. By John Jastremski

If you’re considering the purchase of an individual bond or even a bond mutual fund, one of your first concerns will be its yield. However, when comparing various yields, you need to make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges. … Continue reading

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Throwing Out the 4% Rule By John Jastremski

Throwing Out the 4% Rule This 1990s retirement planning principle seems questionable today.   In 1994, a financial advisor named Bill Bengen published research articulating the “4% rule”, which became a landmark of retirement planning. The 4% rule postulates that … Continue reading

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Expiring Tax Provisions in 2014 by John Jastremski

Temporary Tax Provisions Set to Expire in 2014 Some may be renewed, others may not be.    At the end of every year, certain federal tax breaks face a sunset. Some are renewed, some expire. As 2014 will soon start, … Continue reading

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