Kate Stalter is a Series 65-licensed investment advisor and the founder of Better Money Decisions. (www.bettermoneydecisions.com) Her focus is on helping people enjoy a happy and secure retirement. She was previously a market writer and CAN SLIM investing instructor with Investor's Business Daily, and has been a featured columnist for Morningstar, Forbes and Moneyshow. She also hosted the "Small Cap Roundup" for the TFNN radio network. Expand

Kate is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and holds an MBA from the Kelllogg School at Northwestern University. Follow on Twitter: @KateStalterCollapse

It's easy to find validation for what you already believe.
Ask first what your money goals are.
If you say it's the S&P 500, you're not completely wrong.
Investing is about accumulating assets for future obligations.
China illustrates that country-specific ETFs are unwise.
Lower fuel costs help, but I don't recommend a sector bet.
Much of the selloff in MLPs has been due to fear.
Does one bad retail sales report sound the sector's death knell?
It comes down to the problem of market-timing.
Retail investors and asset managers are pretty bad at economic forecasting.

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