Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

03/24/15

The long-term case for emerging markets

I received this question recently: “Remind me again: why are emerging markets in my portfolio?” A good question. Emerging markets aren’t doing very well lately compared to the U.S. and many other developed markets; it makes sense to wonder why we would want to be invested in them.

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01/07/15

How did I do on my investment predictions for 2014?

It’s very easy for people to make predictions about the future, especially when they don’t look back to see how they did. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a piece titled “Potential investment themes for 2014.” Below is a recap of those themes, along with a report card on how I did.

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11/24/14

So who made money market-timing this past month? Anyone? … Anyone?

I’m frequently amazed by how much emphasis people put on trying to predict stock markets or listening to people who try to do so. If there has ever been a good example of how utterly impossible it is to exploit short-term market movements, it’s been the months of October and November.

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10/15/14

Build a plan for making the most of college

College and tech schools just started a new semester. Seniors in high school, often with the help of their parents, are getting close to finalizing their post-high school plans. Many will look to college or tech school. Some college students are starting to think about grad school. Whatever the next step, this is a critical time for students to make clear plans about their future.

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08/27/14

Can cash really be an ‘investment’?

Cash or cash equivalents like money markets or savings accounts are occasionally considered money “not doing anything” for you. And I don’t blame folks for thinking this way, given that yields on cash are essentially 0% to maybe 0.75% (judging by a cursory review of FDIC options via various online banks).

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It is an understatement to say the world has experienced a radical shift in capital markets. There are more layers of information and opinions on the direction of the world than we've seen in decades. The internet and the media do not always make it easier, but Michael Dubis' contribution through IB blogs will help you sift through the noise and give you some perspective. You can find his company online.

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