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Is the Small-Cap Party Over?

I am a big fan of small-cap funds. At one time, I had several small-cap funds, both value and growth, in my taxable investment accounts. Though I have trimmed the number to two, they are still a significant portion of my portfolio as small-cap is nearly a quarter of my taxable mutual fund investments. The […]

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Zecco Scales Back Free Trading Offer

It seems to me that Zecco doesn’t have a clear plan on how to run their business. First, they asked a ton of paperwork to open an account, then ran a promotion with a lowered minimum requirement that didn’t want anybody to know, shortly after the secret promotion, they decided to get rid of all […]

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CGM Focus Fund: My New Performance Leader

For quite some time, Dodge & Cox International Fund (DODFX) was the top performer in our mutual fund investments. Less than two months ago, our investments in the fund have returned more than 100%. However, the market downturn since then has eroded some of the gains. Now the overall return of this fund is down […]

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Give Me Some China. Give Me Some India. Give Me Some Chindia!

There are many ways to invest in emerging markets, led by two most populous countries China and India. You can buy them as part of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries with State Street’s SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF (BIK) that I have discussed before. Or you can invested in ETFs that are […]

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Got a Broker? BrokerCheck It before Using It

I am a do-it-myself person when it comes to investing. I do my own research and make my own investment decisions. I don’t use a broker or financial adviser. However, if you want to get some professional help for investing/financial planning, it’s always good to know as much background information about the broker/adviser as possible […]

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My ICBC Investment Turned Positive & LFC Closed at Record High

Less than one month ago, I opened an E-Trade Global Trading account and bought 1,000 shares of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) listed on Hong Kong at HK$5.00 a piece. The trading had a very high price that included HK$299 commission and about HK$100 currency exchange fee. To make money from this trade, […]

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“Are You a Better Investor?”

Yesterday, there was an article on by Jason Zweig, editor of the revised book, The Intelligent Investor, that I think is an excellent reading. The article, Are You a Better Investor?, has some good advises on what it means to be a better investor.Mr. Zweig started the article with some examples of what an […]

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That was Huge!

Biggest gain for stocks in more than four years Highest gold future since 1980 And highest oil price ever They all came after the larger than expected 50 basis points rate cut by the Fed today, the largest reduction in more than five years! Looking at my own investments, the gains are huge and across […]

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