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The Breathtaking Volatility of Individual Stocks

Written by Michael Fabian, May 21st, 2015

The volatility of individual stocks never ceases to amaze me.  Just today David and I were cycling through some large prominent names such as Intel Corp (INTC), International Business Machines (IBM), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), Microsoft Corp (MSFT), Exxon Mobil (XOM), etc.  The shocking conclusion we came to is that even large stalwart stocks that you wouldn’t think could fluctuate by 10-20% in a month, or even a week, often times do. Read more

Not All Clean Energy ETFs Are Created Equal

Written by David Fabian, May 21st, 2015

Clean energy has been on fire so far this year as solar, wind, battery, and renewable fuel companies continue to make inroads against traditional oil & gas conglomerates. Companies such as Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) are striving to make the concept of green energy available to mainstream consumers and appear to be succeeding on many fronts. Read more

3 Ways To Diversify With Top Dividend ETFs

Written by David Fabian, May 19th, 2015

Income investors have traditionally focused heavily on the bond exposure in their portfolio to generate dependable income with low volatility. Nevertheless, the state of low interest rates in traditional fixed-income markets around the world has created the need for dividend paying stocks to make up any shortfalls.

Investing in high quality companies with dependable dividend streams has consistently generated above-average yields for income seekers.   While some investors have beloved positions in individual stocks, many dividend-focused exchange-traded funds offer a transparent and low-cost way to access this segment of the market.

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Retirees Face An Asset Allocation Conundrum

Written by David Fabian, May 19th, 2015

One of my clients recently sent me an article from CNBC on the big shift in thinking for retirees with the need for an income plan. The story essentially centers on the conundrum of how to generate an acceptable yield without taking an inordinate amount of risk. Read more