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A Simple 3-ETF Portfolio

If you are asked to build a portfolio with the least number of funds but broad enough to provide the diversification you need, how many funds do you need? Essentially, I think I will need only two funds: a total stock market fund that covers the entire equity market, US and foreign, and a total […]

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What are My Investments?

The Digerati Life is hosting this week’s Money Question. The question that was asked this time is What are your investing strategies and how have you decided to allocate your money? What does your portfolio look like? I have discussed several times in the past about my portfolio, the most recent one was in April […]

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PHO’s New Competitors: Claymore S&P Global Water ETF and First Trust ISE Water ETF

Not long ago, investors who are looking for investment opportunities in blue gold, water that is, could find themselves facing very limited choices other than individual stocks as there are only a couple of water related indexes and the only practical choice seems to be the only water related ETF, PowerShares Water Resources ETF (PHO), […]

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Loaded Up Altria and More Gold

I have been long considering adding Altria (MO) to my investments because of its long history of dividend growth. On March 13, 2007, MO distributed a quarterly dividend of $0.86/share, equivalent to a $3.44 annual dividend (5.00% yield). Though the spin-off of Kraft Food will reduce its annual dividend to $2.75, MO has increased its […]

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Zecco Eliminates Paperwork in Account Application

I got an email a couple of days ago from Zecco [Affiliate link] about their new online account application process which eliminates all the paperwork for accounts opened after May 10, 2007. Here’s the section from their FAQs page regarding the e-signature account application: I signed the online application form electronically. Do I need to […]

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T. Rowe Price Automatic Asset Builder

Sure Vanguard has some great funds with lowest expense ratio that you could find in the mutual fund industry. However, to invest with Vanguard, you would have to have a deeper pocket because most of its funds have a minimum requirement of $3,000, which essentially prevents investors with small amount of money to start investing […]

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Millionaire Index?

I never knew there’s a millionaire index until I read a piece news from Reuters. The index, The Spectrem Millionaire Investor Index, created by The Spectrem Group, isn’t really a measure millionaires’ wealth, but rather the sentiment of investors who have more than $500,000 or more assets in the household that can be invested. The […]

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China Life Surge with No Apparent Reason

China Life Insurance (LFC) surges on Friday with no apparent reason. Currently, shares of China Life’s American Depositary Receipt (ADR) rise $3.66/share, or a gain of 7.75%. The only news I could find that is possibly related to the movement of the stock is a report from Lehman Brothers: The 12-month target price of China […]

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