GMB Ep #84: This is How I Evaluate Mutual Funds & ETFs

Evaluating investment funds or any other type of investment is crucial for a savvy investor. In today’s environment, it’s easy for investors to get influenced by misinformation that ultimately leads them to make sub-optimal investment decisions. We dedicated today’s episode to inspecting the process of evaluating different mutual funds, ETFs, or any other types of investment funds. Throughout the episode, we explore the process of due diligence and how to decide whether or not a potential fund is worthy of including in your portfolio.

 

 

Show Notes

[2:15] Sub-Optimal Investment Decisions – Why people make sub-optimal investment decisions by not using the right criteria to evaluate a standard investment fund.

[4:00] Terrible Evaluation of Potential Investments – Using the example of large-cap US equities, Grant explains how some of the most popular fund ratings do not provide a very good evaluation of potential investments.

[8:37] Structuring Your Portfolio – The most important decision one has to make in structuring a portfolio is allocating assets. Grant shares high thoughts on why this decision is far more important than focusing on a specific fund and how long-term asset allocation can improve the integrity of your portfolio.

[13:46] Evaluating Strategy – How to evaluate the strategies of different investment funds and how to decide whether the strategy of a specific fund aligns with your goals.

[18:05] Historical Performance – Why it’s important to take a look at the history, stability, and performance of the fund management company before you invest.

[21:33] Path to the Best Outcome – Wrapping up the episode, Grant shares his take on how having a consistent allocation, a consistent philosophy, and remaining invested through harsh conditions combine to create the path to the best investment outcomes.

 

Resources

ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: What’s the Right Investment Vehicle For You?
abovethecanopy.us/mutual-funds-vs-etfs-whats-the-right-investment-vehicle-for-you/

GMB Ep #83: Consider This Strategy If You’re Paid In Company Stock

Compensating employees with some form of equity has become a fairly common practice among employers. This may come in several flavors, including restricted stock units, employee stock purchase plans, incentive & non-qualified stock options. In today’s episode, Grant dives into how these programs work, how they’re taxed, common issues employees face when they’re compensated with equity, and a strategy that allows employees to benefit from equity compensations while reducing their tax bills.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:48] Common Issues – Grant shares his thoughts on two common issues that employees face when they are compensated with equity.

[04:51] Risks Associated with Company Shares – Grant talks about some of the disaster stories of a few companies that put their employees in deep financial trouble with equity compensations. However, he also talks about how equity compensations can create a whole lot of wealth for employees if the company continues to flourish.

[07:01] Restricted Stock Units – Grant reviews a few common equity compensation programs, starting with RSUs, a performance-based method of compensating employees.

[09:57] Employee Stock Purchase Plans – While rare among private companies, employee stock purchase plans are quite common in publically traded companies. Grant dives into how these plans are taxed and the pros and cons of these plans.

[13:35] Incentive & Non-qualified Stock Options – Grant dives into the benefits of another two types of equity compensation and what employees should keep in mind about them.

[15:23] Strategy – Grant shares his out-of-the-box strategy of utilizing equity compensation that allows employees to pay as little tax as possible.

 

Resources

Employee Stock Options: The Top 5 Mistakes That Leave Money on the Table:
abovethecanopy.us/employee-stock-options-the-top-5-mistakes-that-leave-money-on-the-table