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Have you really benefited from index fund fee-cutting?

  By JONATHAN CLEMENTS   The index fund fee-cutting battle reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion more than a year ago, when Fidelity Investments launched four zero-cost index funds. You can’t get any lower than zero, right? Apparently, you can. One small fund company is now effectively paying investors to own one of its index funds....

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Saving money with the cappuccino strategy

  Compound interest is one of the most important concepts to understand when saving your money. In this month’s Look At It This Way, we illustrate exactly how easily it can work in an investor’s favour.   A young city worker was complaining he...

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A closer look at market corrections

  Part 2 of Conquer Your Fear of the Stock Market, our new five-part video series for RockWealth is now online. In it we take a closer look at stock market corrections. When markets fall, it can seem as though there’s no end...

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Why the growth of indexing can benefit all investors

  By JOHN STEPEK   “What did people invest in before passive funds came along? The answer in many cases is simply: “closet tracker funds”… So passive funds are not displacing fund managers who spent all their time haranguing corporate managements to do...

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The investment impact of an ageing population

  By LARRY SWEDROE   As chief research officer for the Buckingham Family of Financial Services, I get lots of questions from investors based on what they are reading or hearing in the financial media. A significant part of my time is spent...

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The beauty of simplicity

  By JASON BUTLER   When the Columbia space shuttle took off in January 2003, chunks of insulation foam were observed breaking off and hitting the underside of one of the wings. If the underside of the wing had been damaged, there was...

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Don’t buy collector’s items for a financial return alone

  Some people enjoy buying “collectables” such as fine wine, works of art, and historic cars. But do they make good investments financially? In this video, Jens Hagendorff, Professor of Finance at the University of Edinburgh, explains why buying collectables for a financial...

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