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Dogs of the Dow, Investing Strategy Explained

Investors are often involved in a quest to beat the market. That is, they want to make investing decisions that deliver performance results better than a passive investing strategy, such as one involving the purchase of market-index funds.

The Dogs of the Dow represents an investing strategy developed with the goal of outperforming the Dow, a market index. It involves using a simple formula to identify the top 10 undervalued stocks among the Dow holdings, which consist of 30 blue-chip stocks. There are derivatives of this strategy, also designed in hopes of outperforming the market.

5 Myths About Financial Planning (and How to Recognize the Right Path)

Getting financial guidance should be straightforward. But, in my experience, the process of seeking expertise can take me down the wrong path if I’m not careful. Here’s how to recognize the right path.

In a meeting with a financial professional, I may freeze up when quizzed about financial goals, fret that I haven’t accumulated a fair amount of money based on my age and income, or fear being judged for past mistakes. Worse, I may get frustrated if a professional establishes financial targets that are out of sync with my capabilities or recommends products that seem pricey or not aligned with my expressed needs.

I have written about what shouldn’t happen in a financial advisory relationship. But knowing how things should proceed is equally useful. Recently, I spoke with Peter J. Creedon, CFP (Certified Financial Planner), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), and founder/CEO of Crystal Brooks Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in regard to common misperceptions about financial planning.

He dispelled common myths and explained how the planning process ought to proceed. Here are five myths and truths about financial planning and planners:

6 Practical Ways to Keep Your Emotions in Check When Investing

According to The Motley Fool, financial data firm Dalbar has found that “Investors tend to sell after experiencing a paper loss and start investing only after the markets have recovered their value. The devastating result of this behavior is participation in the downside while being out of the market during the rise.”

In the past, particularly as a younger investor, I noticed that I may feel inspired to invest in fast-growing, popular businesses when shares are in high demand; at other times, I may feel compelled to get rid of faltering, downward-trending companies with depressed stock prices. And, even though my feelings didn’t typically drive me to act on these feelings, I often felt anxious during times of market turbulence.

Over the years, I have become more adept at making intentional investment decisions, driven by long-term goals not short-term angst or excitement. Plus, I have learned not to let day-to-day market moves dictate my mood. Here are practical ways I have learned to keep emotions in check when investing:

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Review: Asset Allocation with a Modern Twist

For many years, Schwab has offered wealth management services, including managed portfolios and custom advice. However, the more traditional model of delivering these services at the entry level has involved packaging a diversified portfolio of mutual funds and ETFs with a minimum investment of $25,000 and asset management fee of .90%.

The automated “intelligent portfolios” allow smaller investors to gain access to advisory services with no direct charges to their accounts. Learn more about these portfolios.

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