Kate Stalter is an investment advisor at Portfolio LLC. She is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previously, she edited the "Low Priced Leaders" newsletter at TFNN.com and hosted Tiger Financial News Network's "Small Cap Roundup" radio show. She has been a stock-market columnist and video host at MoneyShow.com and currently writes for Morningstar Advisor magazine. From 2001 until 2010 she was a seminar instructor and market writer with Investor's Business Daily. She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

For the average investor, these tend to beat out individual bonds.
Let's bring bonds out into the sunlight for a while.
Here is a hypothetical mix based on efficient, market-style allocation.
Create a porfolio that gives you a good starting point for adding alpha via trades.
Institutional-style diversification aims to mitigate risk.
The Putnam Small Cap Value fund could have a place in your portfolio.
To avoid mistakes, it's imperative to diversify.
In my book, index funds should comprise the core.
How to add alpha beyond boring, old indexing.
Don't get hoodwinked by all those market predictions.

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