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Quiz: Financial Facts That Might Surprise You

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If you have a penchant for financial trivia, put your knowledge to the test by taking this short quiz. Perhaps some of the answers to these questions will surprise you. Questions 1. The first organized stock market in New York was founded on Wall Street under what kind of tree? a. Maple b. Linden c. …

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Darkness in the Valley of Value

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Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Kenneth French discuss creating the framework for evaluating factors.  A factor is simply a characteristic that explains some of the variation in returns of an investment.  These factors can be used to build a portfolio that has higher expected risk-adjusted returns. In the 1950’s, academia began getting involved …

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What is gross domestic product, and why is it important to investors?

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GDP, or gross domestic product, measures the value of goods and services produced by a nation’s economy less the value of goods and services used in production. In essence, GDP is a broad measure of the nation’s overall economic activity and serves as a gauge of the country’s economic health. Countries with the largest GDP …

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Investing to Save Time Boosts Happiness Returns

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The more money you make, the more valuable you perceive your time to be — and the more time-strapped you may feel, according to University of British Columbia psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn.1 So wouldn’t it stand to reason that if you use some of your hard-earned money to buy yourself more time — for example, …

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Marriage and Money: Taking a Team Approach to Retirement

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Now that it’s fairly common for families to have two wage earners, many husbands and wives are accumulating assets in separate employer-sponsored retirement accounts. In 2018, the maximum employee contribution to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan is $18,500 ($24,500 for those age 50 and older), and employers often match contributions up to a set percentage …

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