What is Bond Duration — and How Does It Affect Bond Fund Prices?

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When the Federal Open Market Committee raised the federal funds rate by a quarter of a point in March, many investors wondered what impact this might have on their portfolios. We, at Frontier, have noticed many bond investors, in particular, have been questioning the impact of rising rates on bond mutual funds and exchange traded […]

What Is Your Level of Investing Risk Tolerance?

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What Is Your Level of Investing Risk Tolerance? The risk vs. reward equation applies to many things in life. The more risk you’re willing to assume, the higher your possible reward — and your potential loss. Frontier knows that gauging risk vs. reward is critical to formulating your investing strategy. It starts with determining your […]

What’s the Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds?

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When investing in stocks and bonds, you have two main options: You can buy the shares of individual companies or individual bond issuers, or you can purchase stocks and bonds through mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs). Based on Frontier’s findings, many investors opt for mutual funds or ETFs. These provide a high degree […]

Tax-Efficient Investing: How to Increase Your After-Tax Returns

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When gauging the return on their investments, many people neglect one of the most important factors affecting their returns: taxes. Because when it comes to investment returns, it’s not what you make, but what you keep that really counts. This makes tax efficiency one of the biggest keys to successful portfolio management. Your goal should […]

5 New Year’s Financial Resolutions for 2017

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In a few weeks there’s a good chance you’ll make some New Year’s Resolutions — for example, to lose weight, eat healthier or exercise more. As you think about your resolutions for 2017, here’s an idea: Try making some New Year’s financial resolutions. Here are 5 financial resolutions that could help make 2017 your best […]

How Might A Trump Presidency Affect the Economy and Markets?

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What seemed like a never-ending campaign finally ended on November 8 with the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America. With this huge uncertainty now behind us, we can start to speculate about the potential impact of the Trump presidency on the economy and markets. In the short term […]

Behavioral Finance: How to Avoid the Behavior Gap

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It might surprise you to learn that when it coms to managing their personal finances, many people act in an irrational way that damages their economic and financial self-interest. In fact, there’s a term that describes the negative impact of poor decisions made by investors: the behavior gap. This is the title of a book […]

How to Keep Emotions Out of Your Investment Decisions

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The first month of this year has tested investors’ emotions perhaps more than at any time since the financial crisis almost eight years ago. No matter how committed you may be to staying the course with your investing strategy, it’s difficult to experience market drops like we saw in January and not feel emotional about […]

5 Tips for Handling a Financial Windfall

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Many people dream of suddenly acquiring a large sum of money. We’ve all seen the news stories of lottery winners who went from ordinary Joes to multi-millionaires overnight, and maybe you’ve fantasized about what it would be like to win a mega-jackpot. It’s far more common, however, for individuals to find themselves the recipients of […]