Few business tools have gained so much popularity, so quickly, as the tablet. In fact, the use of devices like iPads, Androids, and Windows tablets among financial professionals has nearly tripled since 2010. And that number is predicted to keep rising, according to the Financial Planning magazine 2012 Tech Survey.
It’s no wonder. Tablets can help financial professionals provide better service to clients, widen their reach and deepen relationships.
Anyone who follows the financial news has probably heard the terms “alpha” and “beta” in relation to investing. However, it’s rarely explained how important they are when it comes to making investment decisions.
I’ve written previously about market volatility and how severe volatility can hurt overall portfolio return.
It should always be understood, when in the market, that volatility comes with the territory. Still, investors can manage the impacts of volatility through portfolio diversification. Diversification doesn’t assure a profit or protect against a loss in a market decline, but it can help to smooth the shocks in an investment portfolio.
If there’s ever been a topic to give someone a heart attack, it’s health care reform.
A lot of rumors and spectulation are going around about the Affordable Care Act, (aka Obamacare) and its impact on Medicare. Sometimes, the stories are pretty scary. Of course like most rumors, at best they’re exagerations and at worst they’re just wrong.
Many investors may not understand the Consumer Price Index (CPI). But it almost certainly affects them personally. Consider retirees living on a fixed income or employees factoring an inflation rate into their retirement plans. And, of course, we all feel the impact of rising costs at the pump, at the grocery store, and just about everywhere else. Read more