Andrew Lanoie

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03 Mar: How Disease, Social Media, and the News Affect Your Portfolio

The coronavirus drove the 3,600 point drop in the Stock Market this week, but it wasn’t the actual effect on the virus, but the fear of its effect that drove the plunge.

As in the case of infection where the body’s response to the infection in the form of fever is often more painful than the infection itself, the same holds true for epidemics and the economy.

The panic and overreaction are often more harmful than the actual tangible effect of the disease on the economy.

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05 Feb: How Some Parents are Paying for College

Based on data from the College Board, here is the average annual cost of college education, including tuition, room & board, books & supplies, transportation, etc.:

Public Colleges (in-state): $25,290
Public Colleges (out-of-state): $40,940
Private Colleges: $50,900

That is the AVERAGE Cost for Just ONE Year!

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15 Jan: Partner Instead of Paying for Financial Advice

Would you pay your mechanic if he didn’t fix the faulty alternator in your car? Then why are you paying for financial advice?

Financial advisors get paid whether you make money or not. If you make a profit or if you lose money they get paid. That doesn’t sound fair.

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08 Jan: Market Soothsayers, Fortune Tellers & Psychics

Everybody wishes they had the power to predict the future – especially when it comes to the markets. If they could, they’d be rich.

Short of that mystical power, people turn to so-called “investment gurus” for guidance, believing that these self-proclaimed experts have the uncanny ability to predict movements in the market and even specific stocks.

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23 Dec: Focus on Proven, Weathered and Not the Shiny Investments

Are you looking for an adrenaline rush or do you want to create lasting generational wealth?

Sticking to what works is generally a sound investing strategy, but that doesn’t stop investors from continually chasing the next big thing. How often have you heard something like this? “If you had invested $10,000 in Apple’s IPO in 1980, your stock would be worth $6,756,400 today.”

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17 Nov: The Stock Market Is Rigged Against You

As an individual investor, the stock market is rigged against you.

SEC regulations are designed to eliminate any information advantages involved in stock trading. That is why it’s considered an efficient market. All information relevant to the price of a stock is assumed to be available to the public in real-time, eliminating the chances of any investor profiting from any information advantage. And the use of non-public information (insider trading) for profit will send you to jail.

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05 Nov: Generating and Preserving Wealth

Have you ever wondered why family offices allocate such substantial portions of family portfolios to real estate?

According to The 2019 U.S. Family Office Real Estate Report, a survey of over 200 family offices conducted by Family Office Real Estate Magazine, the most important investment objective for family offices as cited by their directors is the preservation of wealth, followed by income generation and asset appreciation. Given these objectives, it should come as no surprise then that family offices are drawn to the commercial real estate class.

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29 Oct: Stay Ahead of Inflation and Profit

Investors who stay ahead of inflation stand to profit greatly from commercial real estate.

The explosive growth of hedge funds in the 80’s and 90’s coincided with an investing public seeking alternatives to a volatile public market. Hedge fund managers touted their ability to beat the market in any economic environment through complex derivative strategies and mathematical algorithms. Investors were hooked.

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24 Oct: Finding the Low-Risk High-Return Unicorn

There’s no such thing as a sure thing in investing.

Remember dotcoms, mortgage-back securities, and Bitcoin? Those were all sure things, right? Not exactly. Investors are continually getting burned by the sure thing syndrome, but it doesn’t mean they’ll stop looking for the next big thing.

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16 Oct: Debt or Equity? A Private Investing Primer

Investors fleeing Wall Street for less turbulent waters are discovering the world of private investing.

And with the loosening of securities advertising rules and the increasingly growing use of the Internet and social media by entrepreneurs to raise capital, investors are discovering alternative private investing options in greater numbers and variety like never before.