Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

Filed on 09. Jul, 2013 in Contributors

Assessing financial investing at mid-year | Opinion

By Aaron Careaga Courtesy to The Bellingham Business Journal With the second quarter ending last week and the Fourth of July holiday past, now is a great time to reassess your investment portfolio. 2013 started with a bang in equities. – The S&P 500 rose more than 14 percent into May, and then retraced 3 [...]

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

Filed on 24. Apr, 2013 in Contributors

Finance, fragility and the “fat” tails | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the most neglected discussions in all of finance regards fragility, which results in incredible volatility in the investing space. Investors typically work to diversify portfolio holdings to mitigate the risks associated with a specific asset or region. Generally, asset allocation has taken the form of either a traditional 60/40 split between [...]

For small-business owners, crowdfunding raises cash, but also questions

Filed on 01. Apr, 2013 in Contents

For small-business owners, crowdfunding raises cash, but also questions

After spending six years as a supermarket meat cutter, Chad Johnson is certain that demand exists for a locally owned butcher shop in downtown Bellingham, especially one that would offer a direct supply route between Whatcom County meat producers and local customers. But in a business with thin profit margins and high equipment costs, Johnson [...]

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

Filed on 20. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Time wisely when investing in a bull market | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  One of the more difficult things investors deal with is timing their investments. Perhaps you just funded your IRA or are sitting on some extra cash and you’re ready to invest funds. But you look at the strong returns that stocks have already experienced since the great recession, pushing the Dow Jones [...]

Art and wine investing in the “Good Life” | Ben Esget

Filed on 05. Mar, 2013 in Contributors

Art and wine investing in the “Good Life” | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  Perhaps one of the strangest areas of investing I know is in collectibles. While collectibles can include anything from antique furniture to smoking pipes (yes, I know a local pipe collector), mainstream collectible investing generally falls under two main categories: art and wine. Investing in both has become so popular [...]

The skinny on private REITs | Ben Esget

Filed on 25. Jan, 2013 in Contributors

The skinny on private REITs | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust, and is generally a large fund comprised of real-estate holdings. They typically start out as private partnerships with the hope of eventually becoming publicly traded. REITs often specialize in one type of real estate such as medical, hospitality related, commercial or residential. From time to [...]

With a new year, time for a market outlook | Ben Esget

Filed on 02. Jan, 2013 in Contributors

With a new year, time for a market outlook | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer  Generally speaking, market outlooks are a dangerous proposition because there is a high likelihood of being wrong; nonetheless, I give you my 2013 Outlook. Going into 2013 I find myself in an uncharacteristically optimistic mood for a number of reasons. First, central banks the world over continue unprecedented measures to stimulate the economy. [...]

How the Grinch stole returns | Esget & Careaga

Filed on 19. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

By Ben Esget & Aaron Careaga Contributing Writers  When Ben was younger, his family always gathered around the fire and enjoyed Christmas movies together. Ben’s favorite was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” They didn’t have cable (and DVDs didn’t exist), so the film was watched on VHS. After finishing the tape, if Ben was really lucky, another holiday flick would [...]

Trouble with your Christmas list? Here’s a solution | Ben Esget

Filed on 05. Dec, 2012 in Contributors

Trouble with your Christmas list? Here’s a solution | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing Writer My father is extremely difficult to shop for, because he is the classic example of “What do you get the person that has everything?” So, in 2003, I set out to get him a different type of gift. I wanted to buy him corporate stocks, but I specifically wanted the actual [...]

Yield, where art thou? | Ben Esget

Filed on 21. Nov, 2012 in Contributors

Yield, where art thou? | Ben Esget

By Ben Esget Contributing writer  In my experience, investors have a very limited understanding of bonds. Generally speaking, bonds come with an attached yield or interest rate, duration and a credit rating. Investors must navigate all three when analyzing a bond portfolio and each element has its own set of risks. Many investors undermine the risks associated with [...]

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