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Are you aware of the hidden costs in municipal bonds?

  • January 26th, 2015

Q: Are you aware of the hidden costs in municipal bonds? A: A markup is the difference between the price paid by a broker/dealer and the price a bond was sold to a client. Broker/dealers are permitted to charge fair and reasonable markups on bonds. Unfortunately, these markups do not have to be disclosed to…

A 4-Step Process to Integrating Money and Life

  • January 26th, 2015

By Tim Maurer Once you’ve abandoned the pursuit of balancing money and life in favor of integrating the two, the question still remains: Now what? How the heck do I better integrate money and life? Like most personal finance dilemmas, the answer is simple, but not easy. It’s simple because it doesn’t require many steps. What’s more, it’s advice you’ve likely heard…

How To Define Passive Investment

  • January 19th, 2015

Recently, I heard Nobel Prize-winner and finance professor Eugene Fama define “active management” as any fund that engages in security selection and/or market timing. And actively managed funds are fairly easy to identify. As we know, the term “passively managed” is used to describe the opposite of actively managed. But what, exactly, is meant by…

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