This won’t likely ever happen again but we want you to do us a favor and stop thinking about investments for just a minute. The following article is more important than stocks, bonds, currencies, and commodities. Please feel free to share it with those you care about:
My name is Matthew Vlad Pixa and I’m the founder of My Portfolio Guide, LLC. We are an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Seal Beach, CA with another office in Denver, CO. The rest of the words that follow here have very little to do with the firm but rather a vision and a cause that will not only knock your socks off but will change the life of somebody who truly needs the help. Continue reading →
If you ask any hard working American what their goal is the answer will usually have some something to do with retirement. While this common goal should be attainable through focus and discipline the market has certainly thrown its fair share of setbacks at investors. For most Americans their home is their largest asset and second is their retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), Simple IRA, SEP IRA, etc). You have a limited amount of control on the value of your home but how can you manage and monitor your retirement plan to help make your retirement goals a reality? In this article we will take a step back to the basics and look at factors that will have a profound impact on the performance of your retirement accounts and what you can do to control them.
Last fall legislation was passed requiring 401(k) providers to completely disclose their entire fee structure to participants. Investors will now be able to see what fees are associated with the various funds in the plan and what they are paying to participate in their employers retirement plan. According to CNN Money, a working couple will see nearly a third of their investment reduced by these fees over their careers– that amounts to nearly $155,000!! Schwab reported that nearly 30% of investors had absolutely no idea that they paid any fees for their retirement plan. Continue reading →
Many investors have made fortunes off of you and others have of course lost their shirts. There is another tranche of folks that we want to bring to your attention and that is about the people who have made money regardless of how well they predicted your next move; let’s talk about the entertainers that you keep in business.
Anytime someone has made millions of dollars from investing we’re going to at least listen and try to learn what they’re all about. In the case of Jim Cramer, however, he’s made his money from Continue reading →
How great would it be to have a job where you could constantly deliver results short of expectations and never have to worry about being fired? What if you could always simply blame your lack of performance on random external forces or global events? Imagine if you had a yearly performance review that went something like this…
“You missed your target goals by 28% and were wrong more often than you were right! Nice work, we are going to give you a bonus and a 10% raise!”
This doesn’t happen in the real world…or does it?! The financial services industry has become notorious for overpaying executives even when the company itself is struggling to survive or is even on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. For example, Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers was one of the 25 best-paid CEO’s for eight years straight – right up until his firm collapsed in 2008. It has been called ‘”the largest bankruptcy in history”; it triggered a chain reaction that produced the worst financial crisis and economic downturn in 70 years! What about professionals in the financial industry that consistently underperform but are not at risk of losing their jobs? Continue reading →