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Edward Flores
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Feb 05, 2021
The Best Investment Advice You'll Ever Get

The Best Investment Advice You'll Ever Get

The best investment advice you'll ever receive is not a new, exciting, cutting-edge secret that you were probably hoping for. It's quite the opposite, actually. The best advice is the yawn-inspiring, time-tested, 'effective-since-the-advent-of-the-stock market' approach, and it's no secret.

It's diversification.

I know what you're thinking: quit wasting my time with this boring stuff! And I get it - you've probably heard the 'diversification' bit a million times. But I'd argue that the concept of diversification isn't boring at all. Boring to me is watching C-Span for 16 hours straight. Diversification is different: it's actually more challenging than it is boring, for two very critical reasons.

Reason #1: Everyone Knows Diversification is the Answer, But Very Few People Know How to Properly Diversify

This is the equivalent of everyone knowing that eating healthy leads to a more healthy (and perhaps longer) life, but few people know what to actually eat and how to organize healthy meals. Investing is very similar. Most folks know that a well-diversified portfolio can lead to strong risk-adjusted returns over time, but few actually know how to build the diversified portfolio in the first place. What if there were easy-to-use technology that could give you ideas for how to build a diversified portfolio yourself?? (spoiler alert: it exists right now, at tickeron.com)

Reason #2: Investors Get In Their Own Way too Often

The second reason has more to do with human nature than anything else. Humans are hard-wired to be wary of risk and to make emotional decisions, especially when fear is involved. And make no mistake - there is plenty of fear in the stock market. All too often, investors will see something on the news that causes them to make a significant asset allocation adjustment, such as selling a big portion of stocks. But that's a major folly: diversification works if you stick with it for the long-term, but many investors have difficulty with that. That's why it makes sense for investors to acknowledge your weakness where it exists, and use the help of a Financial Advisor or the A.I. at Tickeron, to keep you on track. Take the decision-making process out of your hands a bit, and allow experts to do more of the work.

JP Morgan released some research recently that underscores the importance and the value of diversification. From 2001 - 2015, they analyzed two different portfolios. The more diversified portfolio, I'll call it Portfolio #1, had exposure to eight different asset categories: S&P 500, Russell 2000, REITs, EAFE Equity, Emerging Market Equity, Barclays Aggregate Bonds, US High Yield Bonds, and Emerging Markets Debt.

The second portfolio, Portfolio #2, had exposure to only three asset categories: S&P 500, EAFE Equity, and Barclays Aggregate Bonds.

Guess which portfolio performed better over the 15-year period?? You guessed it: Portfolio #1, the more diversified portfolio. It delivered annualized returns of 6.2%, compared to the less diversified portfolio which delivered returns of 5.4%.

Diversification makes a difference and history tells us that it works. The challenge facing investors today is knowing how to diversify, and where to invest assets. But it doesn't have to be a challenge any longer - you can generate ideas right here at tickeron.com.  

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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
published in Blogs
Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.