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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP


What you need to know about high-frequency trading

High-frequency trading (HFT) is a stock, bond, or other security algorithmic trading model that uses very fast (the fastest) technology to trade in and out of investments. So fast that an HFT model can go in and out of the same security in less than a second. So fast that some HFT firms actually have fiber optic cable connected directly to various market exchanges! I don’t think TDS or Charter offers that yet.

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Why a long-term investment outlook is still important

When markets keep rising, we can forget why a long-term mindset is valuable. In a nutshell, investing over the long term is one of the best ways to minimize short-term equity risk exposures. Market cycles do exist, can be long, and are unpredictable, and if you’re not managing for them, they can have a significant impact — both good and bad — on your portfolio.

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Potential investment themes for 2014

As a house philosophy, we work with what we know today, don’t try to predict unknown events, and then course-correct when life happens. That said, thinking about potential future scenarios is what planning is really all about. As I look forward to 2014, here are some themes I think are worth considering in making plans.

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How did I do on my predictions for 2013?

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a piece titled “Potential themes for 2013.” It’s very easy for people to make predictions about the future, especially when they don’t look back to see how they did. I don’t want to be guilty of this because it’s good to learn how and why our insight may have failed or succeeded and grow from there.

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There’s no way the government will default on its debt

I am sick of the fear-mongering by politicians, the media, and some financial talking heads around the possibility that the U.S. will default on its debt if an agreement is not reached on the debt ceiling. I’m going to keep this as simple and short as possible: There is no conceivable way the U.S. government will default on its debt this month.

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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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