The Blog at ​​​Wiegand Financial

America is great, but it isn’t everything

International indexes like those of MSCI can help investors expand beyond the US stock market
The US stock market is so huge that it is easier to forget the rest of the world exists, at least when it comes to investing. But that would be a mistake. Read more
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Covered call writing: a fancy trick for simple investors

If you want to generate some extra income from your portfolio - without getting too risky or complicated - you may be interested in this technique. Read more
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There is more than one type of investment risk

People can fall into black-and-white thinking with investment risk. They will ask if a given asset is risky, when they should be asking *how.* Read more
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How to invest in an HSA – and why you should

the tax advantages of an HSA make it a great option for retirement saving
Most of us don't think to invest in an HSA and instead treat it as emergency savings. This could be a mistake, however. Read more
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The Ten Commandments of Portfolio Protection

The financial landscape is still full of uncertainty, so here are some perennial investing principles for good and bad times alike. Read more
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The great advisor debate: fee-based vs. fee-only

While fee-based advisors may earn commissions by offering access to third-party products, fee-only advisors may not.
The common claim is that fee-based advisors are vulnerable to conflicts of interest, while fee-only advisors are not. This is a huge oversimplification. Read more
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Why derivative investments are not really investments

Many people perceive derivatives as a more esoteric, complex, glamorous (and so on) type of investment. But that is not what they are at all. Read more
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How to time your IRA rollover

If you're looking to roll over a 401(k) into an IRA, should you wait for the market to be up, or down... or neither? Read more
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Target-date funds: a little too easy

Target-date funds can be a great fit for some investors because of their convenience. But convenience always comes with a price. Read more
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Single-stock ETFs: a safe(ish) way to gamble?

I recommend treating the latest hot fad with a healthy degree of skepticism. But this one could have its uses - within certain limits, anyway. Read more
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