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How Much Money Do You Need In Order To Be Considered "Wealthy?"

Most wealthy Americans no longer think that $1 million is enough to makes you rich. In a survey of affluent investors released this week by UBS, only 28% of “millionaires” said they considered themselves wealthy. And even among “multi-millionaires” – those with $5 million or more in assets, only 60% of that group identified themselves […]

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5 Things About Investing You Need To Know

When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize millions of facts, figures, and rules. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles — generally three to twelve of them — that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply […]

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Ask Yourself This One Question Before You Make Your Next Trade

The most striking finding in behavioral finance is how astonishingly overconfident most investors are. This would be trivial if they were playing Monopoly, but becomes tragic when investors play with real money and their futures hang in the balance. Extreme, soul-chastening circumspection is called for on one point in particular, the one question you must ask […]

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What does it take to be a successful investor?

What does being a successful investor really mean? It means achieving your financial goals within the time frame that you have to work with, and without taking more risk than necessary. Among the requirements for achieving your financial goals are: The knowledge needed to develop an investment plan A specific process to integrate it into […]

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Why Smart People Make The Same Mistakes As Everyone Else

Here’s a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? The vast majority of people respond quickly and confidently, insisting the ball costs ten cents. This answer is both obvious and wrong. (The correct answer […]

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How Badly Is The Market Rigged? Ask A 'Quant' Trader

On the afternoon of Tuesday April 23 this year a tweet from the AP news agency was published. It read “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The tweet was bogus – the AP account had been hacked by a shady group of technology nerds calling themselves The Syrian Electronic […]

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The 500 Best Stocks (according to Barron's, anyway)

Once a year, Barron’s commissions an outside research firm to analyze the companies that make up the U.S. stock market. The results are computed, the stocks are each given a score, and a table is created from the data. This year, Apple came out on top, in spite of its drubbing in the market.

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How To Get A 6% Yield

Summary of a Barron’s article that explains the sometimes mysterious and misunderstood world of Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and how to invest in them.

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Recession Watch Update

Premium members of ZenInvestor receive alerts when there is a change in the probability of recession in the next 6 months. This is the latest alert sent to subscribers.

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