The number of people living to --and past--age 100 is skyrocketing, statistically speaking. Its causing an issue not really seen much before--people outliving their life insurance policies. If you have the right kind of policy, no problem. If not, you could be out of luck. We'll explore a Wall Street Journal story where a family is suing Transamerica because, according to their lawyer, the insurance company should have known that grandpa would live past age 100. He bought the policy some 35 years ago! Then Steve will cover the various types of life policies and how to avoid outliving yours!
Miami is facing a condo bust—again, according to the Wall Street Journal. Developers have started canceling projects, slashing prices and offering incentives such as private-jet access to encourage sales--is it an ominous echo of the housing crash that pounded South Florida last time? It is spreading to Southern California as well. Steve & Sinclair review the Journal's report. Then CFP and Certified Investment Management Analyst Murray Titterington is here for the Q & A session to talk about the IQ Wealth Black Diamond Dividend Portfolio, and Steve reviews a report about hackers-- and the U.S. electrical grid. Interesting.
Nobody wants to be described as “easy prey,” but too many new real estate investors are, says investor Justin Pierce in The Washington Post. Unfortunately, he’s right: bad deals and advice abound, carefully calculated to part novices and veterans from their money.
Investors of all stripes must be alert to red flags on each and every investment opportunity. It’s all too easy to be snared by opaque metrics, shady dealings and not-as-advertised properties. Steve and Sinclair review the pros and cons of Crowdfunding real estate projects---the good, the bad, the ugly.
In the Q & A segment, commercial real estate attorney Christopher McNichol of Gust Rosenfeld joins the A Team to discuss the finer points of what happens when a seller suddenly decides to sell to someone else.
Leveraged exchange-traded funds—the "hot rods" of the trading world—have long drawn the ire of regulators keen on investor protection. Chris Dieterich, writing for Barrons recently, pointed out that newly proposed rules to curtail the use of derivatives in funds could eradicate the racier products in this $27 billion ETF industry.
Regulators have long worried that the nature of leveraged ETFs—which are meant to be traded intraday, not even held overnight—was too confusing for many investors, who would hold them too long, not aware of the lethal time decay of the assets being acquired.
ProShare Advisors and Direxion Shares, the two competing leveraged ETF providers, say that these funds aren’t intended to be held without close monitoring. The Securities and Exchange Commission has long contended that investors in leveraged ETFs are “confused about the performance objectives.”
Professional trader Aaron Levitt, writing on ETFdb.com, pointed out that structured, leveraged ETFs provide an amplified return for a single day. Just one. If you have a string of great days with no major switchbacks (volatility) they work. Then they reset and provide that same amplified return for the next day. Levitt says that’s the biggest misconception ma
Many investors have about leverage ETFs. They assume that if the index is up 8% for the year, then their 2x leveraged ETF will be up 16%. That simply is not how they work--Steve and Sinclair review leverage ETFs, how they really work, and WHEN they really work.
In the Q & A segment, Steve points out two key reasons why retiring professionals are changing their approach to IRA rollovers. He then takes a look at professional trader Jared Woodard's analysis of the coming year. Important points.