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Variable Annuities: Reading Between the Marketing Lines

Variable Annuities:Reading Between the Marketing Lines James W. Watkins, III, J.D., CFP®, AWMA®CEO/Managing MemberInvestSense, LLC “Variable annuities are one of the most overhyped, most oversold, and least understood investment products.” A popular investment industry saying is that “annuities are sold, not … Continue reading

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DIY Investor and Fiduciary Protection Strategies: 4Q 2020 401(k) Top 10 AMVR Analysis

For the first new blog post since our blog and domain name were recovered, I figured it was only appropriate to re-christen the blog with our popular quarterly “cheat sheet” of the top non-index mutual funds in U.S. 401(k) plans. … Continue reading

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Full Disclosure: The Art of Reading and Interpreting Mutual Fund Ads

One of the most frequent questions I receive is how to effectively read and interpret mutual fund advertisements. I receive this question not only from individual investors, but from professional investment fiduciaries, such as pension plan sponsors, and securities/ERISA attorneys. … Continue reading

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Investor, Protect Thyself: The InvestSense Investor Self-Defense Strategy

During his term as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).(1993-2001), Arthur Levitt focused more on investor protection than perhaps any other recent SEC Chairman. His advice from a1999 speech, “Financial Self-Defense: Tips From and SEC Insider,” is still … Continue reading

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CommonSense InvestSense About…Returns

As an attorney that specializes in wealth management/preservation and asset protection, I often see investors who have suffered unnecessary financial losses due to poorly designed and/or poorly managed investment portfolios. This is especially troubling, for as legendary investment expert Benjamin … Continue reading

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REAL Wealth Management 2019 – Wealth Distributions and Transfers

Today, we address what I consider to be the third aspect of a genuine wealth management program – distributions and transfers of one’s assets.  Distribution encompasses both transfers made while one is living, inter vivos transfers, and transfers made after … Continue reading

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REAL Wealth Management 2019 – Preservation

“Make as much money as you can and keep what you get. That’s the way to become rich.” – Scottish adage When I tell people that I am a wealth preservation attorney, I often get the obligatory inquisitive look, followed … Continue reading

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REAL Wealth Management 2019 – Accumulation

As promised, over the next few I will discuss what I believe are the three aspects of real wealth management – accumulation, protection/preservation and distribution.  Most of the posts and white papers on wealth management deal with the accumulation phase. … Continue reading

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How to REALLY Evaluate a Mutual Fund

Get what you can and keep what you have – that’s the way to get rich. – Scottish adage I am a securities/ERISA attorney. I am also a wealth preservation attorney. As a wealth preservation attorney, I help people design … Continue reading

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1+1=33%, or the Myth of the 1% Annual Investment Fee

This post is going to be short and sweet, as I keep getting calls and emails from people who wonder why their portfolios are not performing as well as they think they should. In most cases, their portfolios are the … Continue reading

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