Is Your Investment Portfolio Underperforming?

In life, a lot of value is given to performance. In sports, good performance merits more playing time. On the job, good performance can be rewarded with promotions, raises, and formal and informal leadership. How well someone or something performs can be very important. No matter the scenario, there are many different ways of measuring... Continue Reading →

What is True Diversification?

In last weeks blog post we talked about a technical concept called "Upside/Downside capture" (If you haven't read that yet click here). In order for a portfolio to have good upside and downside capture, there needs to be proper diversification. What is diversification? Diversification is a way of systematically spreading your investment assets around so... Continue Reading →

Grandchild Will Inherit Widow’s Farm

Grainews is an agricultural based publication written for farmers, and often by farmers, in a style they understand. Don and Erik work closely with author Andrew Allentuck, providing the background financial plans and theoretical analysis for Andrew's Farm Financial Planner column. Celeste, as we'll call her, is 75. She lives in south-central Manitoba and owns... Continue Reading →

Passive Vs. Active Investing

The 1920's were the wild west when it came to individuals investing in the stock market. Regulations were almost non-existent. Almost anything and everything could be said when promoting individual stocks. It was truly buyer beware. This supported a tremendous buying spree which came to a screeching halt in November of 1929. In the following... Continue Reading →

Market Correction or Plow Horse Economy?

This week the mainstream press headlines were plastered with reports of an impending market correction. I saw this quotation a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be applicable to bring up here. Chief economist at First Trust Advisors, Brian Wesbury, has been¬† referencing the present US recovery phase as a "plow horse economy"... Continue Reading →

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