CEOs do it’ athletes do it; in fact, anyone who needs to be able to achieve a certain level of performance in order to achieve a specific goal constantly assesses where they are in relation to where they want to be. This is to ensure that available resources are being utilized optimally at all time.
In the realm of investing, few financial instruments have garnered more controversy than annuities. Unquestionably, annuities have their share of critics, especially when they are applied improperly, but, in the right situation, their benefits may be unmatched.
ETFs and index mutual funds are emerging as the investment of choice for investors who are discovering the virtues of passive investing. Not surprisingly they have both seen an explosion of growth and are especially popular choices for retirement plans and investors with a long time horizon.
At the core of any successful financial enterprise, be it a household or a business, is a sound and effective budget plan that is used to drive all cash flow decisions, large and small, on a daily basis.
One option receiving more attention by college savers is the Education Savings Account (ESA). The big reason is that, with an ESA, you are free to establish an account with any financial institution and invest in any vehicles offered through that institution. This will enable you to fashion together your own mix of investments tailored to your growth objective and risk tolerance.
Since 1945 (post WWII), the S&P 500 has posted gains in all 18 calendar years following a mid-term election. The average gain was 19.13%. Click here to view the report.
A visual history of the U.S. stock market since 1926. Click here to view it.