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Larry Bell is a financial researcher and writer. He retired after many years in finance with specialties in accounting and estate planning. Larry spends his time uncovering new, unusual, and profitable alternative investments.

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Hate a Company? Don’t Get Mad, Get Short

There’s a huge difference between the typical sports fanatic and the average investor: One stays glued to the screen, screaming, yelling, drooling and rooting for favorites while cursing foes. The other is a sports enthusiast. Whoever said there’s no emotion in the world of investing never owned a single share of stock. Take the classic …


Should You Start Your Own ETF?

Contrary to what you might have been hearing at holiday parties, “starting your own ETF” is easier said than done. But for many who wonder aloud about becoming the next Wall Street wonder, there are actually a few different answers to that loaded question. Next time someone corners you next to the spiced cider and …

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The 3 Recession-Proof Real Estate Investments

The smart money is on a stock market downturn sometime in early 2018. When that happens, what will be some of the best “recession-proof” investments to have in place? Nothing is a sure thing, but for the sake of safety, passive investing on crowdfunding real estate platforms like Fundrise and RealtyMogul are just one approach. …


What’s Hiding in the GOP Tax Plan?

The Republican tax proposal, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was passed by the Senate in early December 2017 and is now headed to a reconciliation process that will try to combine the House-passed version with the Senate one. The chance that the bill will be reconciled successfully and sent to President Trump for …


How to Invest in Infrastructure With InfraShares

Infrastructure investing, putting money into so-called “public infrastructure” projects like mass-transit, toll-roads, renewable energy plants, bridges, and similar endeavors, was once reserved for institutional investors and corporations with billions of dollars on hand. Now, thanks to the crowdfunding revolution in the financial world, where masses of small players pool their funds on a platform and …


11 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for April 17, 2018

As 2018 approaches, it’s time for wise investors to do a bit of tax planning. For most people, that means setting up or contributing to a retirement account, gathering digital or hard-copy receipts for itemization, and thinking about all the ways that next year’s tax bill can be lower (or a refund can be bigger). …