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About Ulli G. Niemann

Ulli Niemann is an investment advisor and has been writing about objective, methodical approaches to investing for over 10 years. He eluded the bear market of 2000 and has helped hundreds of people make better investment decisions. To find out more about his approach and his FREE Newsletter, please visit: http://www.successful-investment.com.

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Lies, Damn Lies and Mutual Fund Returns

How many times has this happened to you? You’re at a social function and the conversation turns to investing. Pretty soon, people are comparing how well their investments are doing. As you might imagine, being an investment advisor this happens to me a lot. However, I recently had an experience with it that startled me.

How to Beat the Mutual Fund Companies at Their Own Game

You’d have had to be living on a desert island with no TV, newspaper or internet connection to have missed hearing about the great mutual fund scandal of 2003.

High Google Rankings: Frequency vs. Positioning

There’s an assumption that the higher a ranking or positioning you have with major search engines; the more people will beat a path to your web doorstep. But based on my experience, that’s simply not true! There’s another factor that is just as important and may actually drive more traffic to your site.

No Load Mutual Funds: Investment Hype vs. Investment Help

With the internet such a huge part of our daily lives, many investors have access to a wide range of instant investment information.

Rolling your 401k: Contributory IRA vs. Rollover IRA

In an ideal world you would start your working career with a great company in your early 20s, steadily climb the corporate ladder, retire at age 65, and draw a sufficient income from your accumulated 401k account to live happily ever after.

Buy and Hold: How to Perpetuate Your Investment Losses

A recent cartoon in my daily newspaper showed two guys sitting in a bar. One is saying to the other: “I did learn something from my broker…how to diversify my investment losses.”

No Load Mutual Funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?

If you are fed up with early redemption charges and ever increasing mutual fund management fees on top of bad-performing fund managers, read on. There is a quiet revolution going on in the no-load mutual fund industry and you, the individual investor, may benefit from it greatly.

How (NOT) to Buy Mutual Funds

When it comes to mutual funds, there is a lot more to success than just finding a good one. Sad investment stories like the following are all too common. I hope my sharing it with you will help you avoid making the same devastating financial mistake one of my former clients made.

How to Evaluate Load vs. No Load Mutual Funds

If you have been dealing with mutual funds for any length of time, you undoubtedly have faced the question of which is better: Load Funds or No Load Funds. If you are new to investing, “load” simply refers to the commission paid to the broker selling the fund. “No load” means there is no commission on the purchase or sale.

How to Maximize Your 401k Mutual Fund Returns

When it comes to 401k’s there is an overabundance of sad stories. Here is one that at least has a happy ending-and it’s getting happier all the time.

How to Find Value in No Load Mutual Fund Investing

What are you thinking when it comes to your no load mutual fund selections? Are you saving pennies and sacrificing dollars?

How To Pay Less And Get More: Discount Broker vs. Professional Management

How do you invest? What do you really pay? At the end of the day, what are your real results? These are questions smart investors should be asking themselves (but usually don’t). In this era of more fees, misc. charges, holding periods and back end redemptions, even at discount brokers, how are you really making out?

The Inside Scoop on Mutual Fund Rip Offs

The bear market that showed up at the end of 2000 has every brokerage house-as well as the entire mutual fund industry-scrambling to find creative ways to boost both their image and bottom line. Unfortunately, this is often at the investors’ expense.

Retirement Investing For The Independent Contractor

Hi Ulli,
Thanks for offering your knowledge to help WebProNews readers out! Here’s my question:
I work for a small family owned company. Although I have worked here for over a year and work a 40 hour week, I am not hired as an “employee” because they can’t afford to offer me any sort of benefits yet. I am an “independent contractor” for them and file my taxes as such. Because of this, I do not have a 401K and need to start investing for my future in ways other then my savings account! My salary is 55K per year. What are my options and what do you suggest? Thanks for your help!

The Conflict of Interest Game

Disgruntled investors are going after Wall Street once again, this time accusing one of investment bank Morgan-Stanley’s high-tech mutual funds of making biased stock picks.

Recent lawsuits allege the Morgan Stanley Technology fund was influenced to buy and hold stocks of companies that delivered huge investment banking fees – or could potentially bring big business – to the investment bank.

Ulli Niemann Answers Investing Questions

Ulli Niemann will answer all types of investment questions, like “what kind of an IRA should I choose? How can I find an Investment Advisor? What type of mutual funds should I pick? How can I avoid being financially devastated by the bear market? How can I avoid some of the broker garbage fees?”

Do Lifestyle Funds Provide Greater Security?

With the stock market stubbornly refusing to settle down and smooth out, Wall Street has been scrambling to come up with “product” they can sell to gun shy investors. One such new concept is the Lifestyle fund; an extremely diversified package designed to be the single fund in an investor’s portfolio.

The Demise of Buy and Hold

Based on consistent results I think Buy & Hold should be renamed Buy, Hold & Bye Bye. It sounded great for a while, especially for the huge majority of investors who don’t have the time or interest in really doing due diligence on investments.

Your Worst Enemy to Successful Investing – the Media

How do you make your investment decisions and where do you get your information? If you’re like most of the people I know, you look to the experts.

That’s fine, however it’s important to be aware that for every expert, there’s an opinion and for every opinion there’s an expert. I have a friend who says that opinions are like noses: everyone has one but you wouldn’t live in anyone else’s nose!

How We Eluded the Bear in 2000

The date October 13, 2000 will forever be embedded in my mind. It was the day after our mutual fund trend tracking indicator had broken its long-term trend line and I sold 100% of my clients’ invested positions (and my own) and moved the proceeds to the safety of money market accounts. Some people thought we were nuts, but I had come to trust the numbers.

How to Pay Less and get More: Discount Broker vs Professional Management Fees

How do you invest? What do you really pay? At the end of the day, what are your real results? These are questions smart investors should be asking themselves (but usually don’t). In this era of more fees, misc. charges, holding periods and back end redemptions, even at discount brokers, how are you really making out?

How to find an Investment Advisor

Do you think you need an Investment Advisor? Hold on before you answer because this is sort of a trick question. Also, I am definitely biased because I am an Investment Advisor. Nonetheless, I think I can assist you in looking at this issue in a way that will serve you.

Find a Methodology and Minimize Investment Madness

There are many reasons to be investing these days, and too much opportunity to not have your money working for you. However, I believe the majority of people dread having to deal with investment matters, and tend to jump into purchases and then hold their breath hoping for the best. After a long day at work and taking care of the family, it’s hard to get excited about reading up on your 401(k) options, Morningstar ratings and fund performances.