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Do You Look at the Risk-Reward Ratio of Your Stocks and Bonds?

The risk-reward ratio is an attempt to quantify the amount of risk you need to take in order to get an anticipated return from any investment. If you were to only consider past returns when deciding whether to invest in stocks or bonds, stocks would … [Read more...]

Can Optimism Increase Your Investment Returns?

Are your investment returns determined by your worldview? Are people hardwired to be pessimists? Millions of years ago, if an optimistic caveman dismissed a rustle in a bush as the wind blowing, our ancestor may have ended up as a tiger’s lunch. As … [Read more...]

How to Safely Boost Returns in a Low Interest Rate Environment

To the dismay of yield-seeking investors, interest rates remain at historic lows. Although rates on long-term bonds may begin to inch up, analysts generally expect that we may remain in a low-interest-rate environment for a while longer. So, what are … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Financially Strong Marriage

Displayed prominently in our living room is a list titled, “Abba’s Secrets to Success”. Now, as my oldest daughter is about to get married, I’ve compiled “Abba’s Secrets to a Financially Secure Marriage” for her and her groom. With their permission, … [Read more...]

Do You Have to Stop Working When You Reach Retirement Age?

Does reaching retirement age mean you have to stop working? In Israel, the official retirement age for a man is 67. For women, it fluctuates between 60 and 62, depending on date of birth. Retirees until the age of 70 (or 69 for a woman born before … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for the Next Stock Market Crash

Over the past several years, the market has climbed to historic highs, prompting analysts to sound the alarm over the next stock market crash. While I can’t say when the next crash will occur, I can say it’s reasonable to assume that there will be … [Read more...]

Debunking 3 Myths about not Needing an Emergency Fund

One of the most fundamental principles of financial planning is to prepare for the unexpected by keeping three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency fund. The trouble is many people succumb to the myth that emergency funds aren’t … [Read more...]

Short on Retirement Savings? Here’s What You Need to Do

More than 10,000 baby boomers cross the retirement threshold every day, and nearly one in four of them of haven’t saved enough to retire comfortably. If you’ve reached that point and realize your retirement savings won’t last your lifetime, it’s time … [Read more...]

How to Keep Financial Harmony in Your Marriage

What’s the best way to achieve financial harmony in a marriage? When two people get married, they don’t only join their lives together, but also their money. If differences in money attitudes and practices are not addressed early on, people can … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Low-Risk Investments

Recently, a new client told me that his portfolio mostly contained low-risk investments. When I saw that the majority of his investments were mutual funds, I asked him why he believed mutual funds were “low-risk,” as his funds contained stocks. What … [Read more...]

Profile Perspectives is a personal finance blog based on articles Doug Goldstein, CFP®, director of Profile Investment Services, Ltd., published in The Jerusalem Post. The information posted is purely informational and does not constitute investment or tax advice. Advertisements on the site are neither endorsements nor recommendations. Consult your professional advisors before making any investments based on articles or advertisements. Securities offered through Portfolio Resources Group, Inc., member of FINRA, SIPC, MSRB, FSI. Accounts carried by Pershing LLC., Member NYSE/SIPC, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

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