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The US estate tax and US domiciled ETFs

A popular argument used by detractors of US domiciled ETFs is the US estate tax. What is the US estate tax? How does it affect foreign investors who buy US domiciled ETFs? And is this something that should prevent you from buying US domiciled funds at all? Let’s find out. US estate tax 101 What…Continue readingThe US estate tax and US domiciled ETFs

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Lessons learned from Japan’s equity market

Japan’s equity market is somewhat especial. It experienced a massive asset price bubble in the 80s, the rippling effects of which are still felt today. This entry reviews the lessons learned from Japan’s equity market. Why focus on Japan’s market to begin with? If you invest in something like VT (which this site recommends), your…Continue readingLessons learned from Japan’s equity market

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Future accessibility of US domiciled ETFs for Swiss investors

US domiciled ETFs are very tax efficient for Swiss investors. However, due to certain regulatory issues, it’s not guaranteed that Swiss investors will always be able to purchase US domiciled ETFs. In this article, we discuss why this is the case. The PRIIPs regulation The PRIIPs regulation is behind all uncertainty around the availability of…Continue readingFuture accessibility of US domiciled ETFs for Swiss investors

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The risks of investing in financial assets

You know that investing comes along with certain risks. But you may have not thought those through. What are the main risks of investing in financial assets? And what are possible mitigation measures? In this entry we’ll cover the main risks you should look out for. Setting the scene What are financial assets? Financial assets…Continue readingThe risks of investing in financial assets

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A comparison of pillar 3a alternatives

Are you looking to invest in pillar 3a? There are dozens of alternatives out there. Which is one is better? And is any of them better than just investing the money yourself in a low cost ETF? This entry introduces an app to enable an easy comparison of different pillar 3a alternatives. Are you familiar…Continue readingA comparison of pillar 3a alternatives

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The PE ratio and stock market valuations

The ‘price’ of things is a crucial consideration for any investor. Every asset class can be cheap or expensive. Equities are no exception. What does it mean for equities to be ‘cheap’ or ‘expensive’? In this entry, we’ll review the PE ratio, a key metric on the relative value of equities. From valuations to the…Continue readingThe PE ratio and stock market valuations

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How pillar 3a works

Pillar 3a is one of the most popular investments for Swiss residents. In fact, it’s somewhat unpopular not to contribute to pillar 3a. In this entry, we’ll discuss how pillar 3a works. We’ll also review the biggest pros and cons of pillar 3a investments, as well as some important investment considerations. About this entry There’s…Continue readingHow pillar 3a works

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How bond ETFs work

The ETF market has traditionally been dominated by equity ETFs. But bond ETFs are rapidly gaining traction [1]. Bond ETFs are the best option for retail investors to invest in bonds. How do bond ETFs work? What do you have to know before investing in bond ETFs? Let’s find out. Before you begin… Make sure…Continue readingHow bond ETFs work

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How bonds work (2/2)

Both stocks and bonds are cores pieces of an investment portfolio. However, understanding how bonds work isn’t easy. It often remains a mystery for many investors. In this continuation entry, we’ll review the impact of interest rates in bonds. We’ll also explore risks associated with bonds and how bonds trade. Bonds and holding period You…Continue readingHow bonds work (2/2)

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How bonds work (1/2)

Both stocks and bonds are cores pieces of an investment portfolio. However, understanding how bonds work isn’t easy. It often remains a mystery for many investors. In this entry, we’ll review how bonds work, how they’re valued, and why the ‘yield to maturity’ is so important. In a second part, we’ll explore the relationship between…Continue readingHow bonds work (1/2)