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Answered by Kim Miller, CFP®PRO+ in Redmond, WA
Hi - ETFs and mutual funds are similar in their objective: gaining investment exposure to a specific segment of the stock or bond markets or to the markets as a whole....
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Answered by Michael Hoffman, RFC, CLU, ChFCPRO+ in Grass Valley, CA
Michael, there are many passive options for real estate investments that will relieve you from the 3 terrible T's (Tenants, Termites and Toilets). If you have a taxa...
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Asked by Joyce
Answered by Chad Freeman, Branch ManagerPRO+ in Bethesda, MD
Hi Joyce: First, it's very nice to be able to answer a question for someone right here in my backyard (DC)! Real estate investing can be both very challenging and v...
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Asked by StuartV
Answered by Alex Bentley, Financial AdviserPRO+ in Pacific Palisades, CA
My answer is simple: avoid complexity in investing. If you don't understand it, don't do it. Most financial products like GICs involve a lot of complexity that is de...
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Asked by Martha
Answered by Alex Bentley, Financial AdviserPRO+ in Pacific Palisades, CA
Derivatives are securities based on another security or index. For example, an option to buy a stock is based on a particular stock, but the stock itself represents o...
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Asked by Kathleen
Answered by John Farmer, Financial Adviser in Prescott, AZ
It depends on how they are being used in an overall portfolio. The main advantage of an ETF is that it can be traded on an exchange in real time with instant liquidit...
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Asked by Tony
Answered by Michael Hoffman, RFC, CLU, ChFCPRO+ in Grass Valley, CA
Tony, If you think that you may ever need life insurance to help provide for our family then getting started sooner rather than later will help to create a lower prem...
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Answered by James P. Dowd, CFA, Financial Adviser in San Francisco, CA
Trust deeds are not a conservative investment. They are private securities, they are illiquid, and the relative value depends upon the credit worthiness of the borrowe...
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Asked by Martha
Answered by Kim Miller, CFP®PRO+ in Redmond, WA
Good question. You may actually gain tax benefits by renting out a home. You can deduct some of the same expenses on a rental property as you do now: property taxes...
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Asked by Katie
Answered by Kim Miller, CFP®PRO+ in Redmond, WA
Hi - stock options are contracts offered to employees as compensation incentives - "work hard and stay here - you will be rewarded". Briefly, a stock option gives you...
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