Investing

Bitcoin Decoded (Readers, Use Caution)

The price swings and variable government response to Bitcoin highlight both the promises and risks of a currency not controlled by any government. Unlike a fiat currency system, which is…

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What Big Banks Don’t Want You to Know

If you think you’ve seen enough ads and marketing pitches on credit cards, banks, check cashing and other financial services, you’re right. For every dollar that the financial…

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Modern Portfolio Theory and the Value of Diversification

What are your financial goals, and how can you achieve them? These are the two fundamental questions of any portfolio strategy. While answering the first question may be fairly…

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Is Your Investing Strategy on Track?

Is your investing strategy on track? Sign up here to use Personal Capital’s free Investment Checkup to see for yourself. Risk and return.  They’re the fundamental units of measure…

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What Twitter Employees Need To Know

Twitter’s IPO was today.  If you’re a Twitter employee, what should you do about your stock options and equity grants?  (More broadly, if you have stock options in any company, what…

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What it Means to be a Millionaire at Retirement

The question for working Millennials is no longer how to become a millionaire. It’s why you’ll need at least $1 million to retire comfortably. And if you plan to retire by the age of 65,…

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What Investors can Learn from “Abenomics”

Japan has been plagued with deflation and slow economic growth for the past two decades. In the last twelve months, however, the Japanese Yen has weakened by more than 20%, providing a…

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5 Things Investors can do in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled last week that the Fed could start winding down its stimulus as early as this year, concluding the program in mid-2014. This revelation has…

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Don’t Underestimate Your Stock Options

Spending the majority of my career in Silicon Valley, I’ve often witnessed an interesting phenomenon in which stock options are overlooked. You’re probably thinking, “everyone…

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What Do China, Egypt and Your Portfolio Have in Common?

This week the IMF released revised, mostly lower, global growth forecasts for 2013. The key takeaway: continued slow economic growth across the globe. The global economy is now projected to…

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Fed to Remain “Accommodative”; S&P 500 Jumps 3%

The S&P jumped 3% and closed the week at a record high. Most of the gains followed mid-week comments by Fed Chairman Bernanke that the economy still needs “highly accommodative…

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Fees & Your Investments: What you Need to Know

Whether your investment portfolio consists of a 401k or multiple brokerage and retirement accounts, it’s important to note that no two investment vehicles are alike – and that fees…

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