How To Build A Good Investment Portfolio

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A good handyman has many tools on his belt and even more in his truck. He can complete various jobs with these tools, but different tools have different functions. For some jobs, he will need a screwdriver; other times, he’ll need a hammer, saw, paintbrush, or lawnmower. Your portfolio is the same way. You will have many assets in your investment toolbelt such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CD’s, government bonds, and ETFs. Within these you will also want to…

Investing In An Election Year

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2020 has been a train wreck so far to say the least. Added to all the chaos of 2020, this year is also an election year, which could have a large impact on your finances. The stock market tends to behave a certain way in election years. Depending on who gets elected, there could be huge tax implications on your income and your investments. Added to all of this is the black swan event of the coronavirus and unemployment, Congressional…

Roanoke Financial Advisor Authors Book Entitled, “The Money Success Guidebook.”

Roanoke native and financial advisor Daniel Colston spent his time during the pandemic helping his clients make smart money moves, bringing on new clients who were wary of the market ups and downs, and writing the newly released book: “The Money Success Guidebook.” This book is your unique, definitive guide to growing your wealth and living the life you want. Financial planner and investment expert Daniel Colston shows you how to not only invest intelligently, but also how to maximize…

The Quintessential Key to Building Wealth: It’s Not What You Think

Anyone can create the lifestyle and legacy they want—even you, especially you! The good news is that if you want to experience prosperity, you don’t have to time the markets perfectly, make a six-figure income, or inherit a fortune from your deceased uncle. The bad news is that it’ll take work and you’ll have to do the exceptionally boring, yet all-important task to get you there: budgeting. I know it’s not fun or cool to talk about, but we must…

A Huge Warning Sign for Stock Market Investors

In the third week of March, 2020, the stock market experienced its worst day since 1987. With fears of the global pandemic worsening, the S&P 500 Index was down 34% by March 23rd.[1] Investors lost a lot of money. While much of that has been recovered, the 2020 market drop leaves valuable lessons for investors about the future of their money. In the months after March 2020, I’ve fielded dozens of phone calls, emails, and texts from investors who were…

Coronavirus Fears Worsen, but not Fundamental Market Issue

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The stock market has taken a beating this week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experiencing at least two quadruple digit loss trading days and a possible third today. The DJIA peaked earlier this month at 29,551 points, but is currently trading in the 24,000’s territory. While we are noticing and tracking these market moves, we are not yet concerned. We are still optimistic about investing in the 2020 stock market. Here’s why: The stock market does not behave…

3 Long-Term Strategies to Slash $163,000 off Your Mortgage

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Read this article even if you don’t think your mortgage costs this much! Paying off your home faster gives you more money to put towards other activities and priorities in your life. Though it may be a challenging idea, you can do it with a little know-how and good old-fashioned grit! Here are three ways to help you shave off unnecessary mortgage interest allowing you to buy a new car, travel the world, retire earlier, or do whatever you want!…

5 Pitfalls To Avoid On Your Path To Financial Freedom

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On your path to financial freedom there are several pitfalls to avoid. The following are the top 5 danger zones to watch out for on your way to achieving your goals and dreams. 1. Burdening yourself with debt. In its proper place, debt can be leveraged to help you achieve your dreams, such as when you’re buying a house, paying for education, or seeking to build credit. All too often, however, debt can also be a set of handcuffs keeping…

Is Your Portfolio Diversified Enough?

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The importance of diversification in investing cannot be emphasized enough. When divvying up all your investment eggs, it’s important not to put them all in one basket. So what does a well diversified portfolio look like? Different asset classes. An asset class is a different type of investment such as a stock, bond, or money market account. Each of these asset classes serves a distinct purpose according to its risk tolerance, duration, and rate of return. Limiting your investments to…