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Investing Blog Roundup: Investment-Induced Panic

This week, I especially enjoyed a MarketWatch article from Mitchell Tuchman pointing out a number of errors investors often make. This little gem stood out to me in particular:

“Your long-term investments shouldn’t be allocated in a way that pressures you to review them constantly. That’s not investing. It’s a slow-motion form of panic.”

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Investing Blog Roundup: The Downside of Short-Term Bonds

There’s no denying that interest rates are low right now. But that fact is not, in itself, a reason to think that rates are going up any time soon.

Using short-term bonds in your portfolio (rather than intermediate-term bonds) does indeed reduce the size of the loss you’ll incur whenever interest rates do rise. But, as Rick Ferri reminds us this week, using short-term bonds is not a clear “win,” given that you’ll be collecting less interest while you wait for rates to rise. And you could be waiting a very long time.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Bernstein on International Bonds and More

This week, Olly Ludwig of ETF.com has an excellent interview with Bill Bernstein about his recent book If You Can. The interview covers a range of topics from why Bernstein doesn’t recommend owning international bonds, to how he’s trying to get the message of sensible investing out to millennials.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Taxpayer Bill of Rights

This week, after years of urging from the National Taxpayer Advocate (a position within the IRS, with the job of advocating on behalf of taxpayers to both the IRS and Congress), the IRS has officially adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

This is big news, not because these rights are new — they’re not — but because it’s the first time taxpayers have had a clear collection of their rights when interacting with the IRS. And, if you don’t know your rights, it’s hard to put them to use.

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Investing Blog Roundup: Bill Bernstein’s Latest Book

Author/advisor Bill Bernstein (of Four Pillars fame) just released a new book in his “Investing for Adults” series. Having just gotten my hands on it, I can’t yet say much about the content other than what is included in the Amazon description. But I’ve been impressed with each of Bill’s books in the past, and I’m confident that this will be no different:

Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults (Kindle version here)

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Investing Blog Roundup: Check Your Risk Tolerance

In order to construct and maintain an appropriate portfolio, it is crucial to have an approximate, though honest idea of your tolerance for risk. This week, author/advisor Allan Roth has good advice on the topic:

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