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Building the right investment portfolio is a dynamic process. There's no perfect solution that fits every investor's needs, and even a well-designed portfolio will need adjusting on a regular basis in order to minimize risk and maximize profits. At some point, one might even consider adding in leverage to boost profits and take advantage of certain opportunities. Using leverage in your portfolio can be a great way to boost overall returns if you have the risk tolerance to deal with higher volatility. But making the choice to add these types of funds to your portfolio shouldn't be taken lightly. There's a significant impact that it can have on your overall investment goals. There's also a significant difference in the behavior of a traditional portfolio and one that includes leveraged and inverse funds that could mean changes to your investment strategy. Using leverage in your portfolio A leveraged or inverse fund is an ETF or mutual fund that uses leverage or short positions in its trading portfolio. Leveraged funds use margin accounts and futures contracts to generate an amplification of 2-3x what the benchmark… Read more

Stocks haven't done much so far this year. The S&P 500 is up just 2.8% while the Dow Jones is actually down around 1.4%. Volatility has ranged from extreme lows to extreme highs this year alone but currently stands at a mild 13.37. The stagnation of US markets has led some investors to think outside of the country for profits. Going international instead of staying domestic could open up new possibilities for investors. There are additional benefits gained by broadening your investment environment, such as diversifying against interest rates and economic events that impact only the US. But it also opens you up to new risks like foreign exchange currency loss. Understanding the risks and benefits of both strategies will help you maximize your profits while keeping risk at a minimum. Stay domestic There are a lot of benefits to be gained by staying in the US for your investment portfolio. For one, you are far more likely to be familiar with domestic companies and economic policies that allow you to employ strategies like sector rotation in your portfolio. Diversification can… Read more

Investors don't have to look very far to find investment advice. From the tip given by a co-worker to the myriad of financial advisors available, there's plenty of material on the subject out there. But unless you fall into the standard risk tolerant category, you might be missing out on a more efficient investment plan. Some investors discover that standard portfolio design doesn't suit them. Moderate returns and a relatively stable account balance can sometimes lead to boredom and apathy. Investors may decide to do something else with their money after a while and give up on the idea of investing altogether. Instead, they need a more aggressive strategy to keep them involved. If the idea of extreme volatility, swings of 10%, 20%, or more, in your portfolio doesn't keep you up at night, you might fit the description of someone who should be investing aggressively. The risks might be higher, but so are the potential returns. Not for the faint of heart Aggressive investors sometimes have a harder time designing a portfolio than conservative ones. That's because there are… Read more

There's a new frontier market opening up with unlimited opportunities for virtually every sector of the economy. It's still unrealized as of yet and very few companies have even begun exploring its endless possibilities. It's the new economy of outer space. Like the paradigm-shifting industries of electrical power and computer technology before it, space is the next stage in human development. It's an untapped goldmine of new opportunities and ideas with very few companies actively engaged in it. But it's not just going into orbit that offers possibilities; space can also inspire new technologies and applications back on Earth. Space as an industry The idea of space as a commercial opportunity is a relatively new one. Until recently, space travel was solely seen as the realm of governments and science experiments. But space has already yielded a number of commercial successes via NASA spinoffs. Memory foam, cochlear implants, LASIK, solar cells, freeze drying, and much more all owe its existence to space exploration. These discoveries have led to a number of products and services in virtually every segment of the… Read more

There a number of well-known metrics investors use to determine whether or not a stock should be purchased. Price-to-earnings analysis, dividend discount models, and modern portfolio theory are all commonly used by investors to place a value on a prospective stock. But there's another metric that's slowly taking over as the preferred method for valuing a stock – free cash flow. Evaluating a company based on how much free cash flow (FCF) is available often gives investors a better representation of how the company is actually managing its finances and what investments the company is making into its future growth. Rather than just looking at basic P/E and PEG ratios, investors use the free-cash-flow yield in place of the price-to-earnings ratio to value a stock. The basics of FCF valuation Free cash flow is a measurement of how much money a company has left over after all expenses and capital expenditures (funds that are reinvested) are calculated. There are several ways FCF can be calculated but the simplest is to subtract capital expenditures from cash flow from operating activities (earnings… Read more