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  • Michael Lee
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  • CEF . Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . FSD . Funds . GOF . HHY . High-yield debt . Investment . Investor . Mutual fund . NCV . NCZ . PGP . PHT .

With the significantly negative market performance that surrounded our last election, investors are acutely aware of a potential increase in market volatility as the days pass by. Though the factors that affected our markets in 2008 are significantly less of a concern this time around, safer, well diversified investments are, in my opinion, becoming very attractive as this year's election approaches. In a search for safety and diversity, many closed-end funds (CEF) can offer both; as well as a consistent…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . CEF . Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . Funds . Income . Investing . Investor . Mutual fund . Net asset value .

The theoretical safety and predictability of mutual funds has, at times, attracted the conservative investor in me. But the actual transaction, unlike buying and selling stocks or ETFs, always left me wanting more excitement, more involvement. Closed-end funds (CEF), with their mutual fund-like management and their equity-like tradability, offer, in my opinion, a wonderful option for conservative, yet actively involved investors, like me. As CEFs pay out before-tax distributions to investors, they are also a great choice for those looking…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Bullionvault . Business . Equities . Investing . Investment . Investor . Stock market . Stocks and Bonds .

As any investor will no doubt be aware, it is extremely important to keep track of your investments. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which investors are able to do this. If you are keen to make the most of the investments which you have, then here are a few ways in which you might choose to keep track of them. One of the best ways to keep track of the investments which you have is via the…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Exchange-traded fund . Investing . Investment . Investor . Market trend . Stock market . Stock Market Crash . Stocks and Bonds .

Some are calling the rally we have seen since the start of 2012 a bear trap, an insignificant bounce that will soon lose momentum and drive our markets down further. Extreme skeptics are even predicting that we will see a stock market crash in 2012 similar to that of 1929. Do I believe it? Not really, but I'm prepared for the worst, and you should be too. The success of great investors generally isn't due to an ability to predict…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Facebook . goog . Google . Initial public offering . Investing . Investor . Stocks and Bonds .

Purchasing a promising company's stock right out of the public offering gates can yield great returns for long term investors. Example: Google Inc. (GOOG). The stock opened at $100.00 in 2004 and is currently trading above $500.00. But I'm not an investor who holds stocks for years. Instead, I currently find success in riding the short term trends, holding stocks for only a few weeks to a few months. So, do Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) have a place in my…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Equities . Health care in the United States . Investing . Investor . P/E ratio . Reuters . Stocks and Bonds .

With the recent market sell-off behind us investors are looking for hope, optimism, and opportunity. Last week Healthcare investors began to worry about possible spending cuts that may affect the sector. A recent Reuters article, however, brought reassurance to investors stating, "Sharp falls in U.S. Healthcare stocks this week -- where industry bellwethers dropped as much as 8 percent in one day -- were a premature sell-off, analysts say, as the sector's underlying fundamentals remain strong."... read more

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