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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: December 10-14

1. 2019 Outlook: Don’t Fight the People’s Bank of China!

“Don’t fight the Fed” is an old investing mantra, suggesting that investments should align with the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies instead of against them. — Jan van Eck

2. The 9 Best Year-End Money Moves

Most Americans have one thing on their minds this time of year: how to make next year even better! — Mary Beth Storjohann

3. This Is the End of Trump’s Economic Sugar High

By most measures, the US economy is performing okay. GDP growth is still near 3.5%. Unemployment is below 4%. Inflation is up a bit but still historically low. — Patrick Watson

4. Do You Have Entrepreneurial Persistence?

I like to think that business mindset is made up of an individual’s “collection” of attitudes. — Ted Rubin

5. Don’t Overlook These 5 Small Cap REITs

I’m always on the hunt for bargains, and those “small-fry’s” going – and growing- in the right REIT direction. — Brad Thomas

6. How to Qualify Prospects and Increase Your Success Rate

Do you have clients who purchased life insurance in the 90s and early 2000s? — Bob Larsen

7. When You Cannot Think of a Better Way to Market Yourself, Try This…

When all else fails and you are at a loss to market your particular value as an adviser, the safest marketing path is to sell “convenience”. — Tony Vidler

8. 21 Tips on How to Evaluate an Investment Adviser

How can investors stay out of trouble with another part of Wall Street – the big investment houses that can deal out free drinks, dinners and claims of jackpot winning products? — Preston McSwain

9. Don’t Be Boxed Into Style Boxes

As investors adopted modern portfolio theory, which began in earnest in the 1980’s, they also embraced the idea of style investing. — Joseph Hosler

10. Why Index Funds Can and Likely Will Underperform

Underperformance is a relative term. Compared to what? When times are good, we generally compare relative to market indexes (i.e. S&P 500). When times are bad we like to compare to an absolute return strategy. — Jay Mooreland

11. 4 Tips to Make Your Holiday Party Profitable!

It’s that time of year again! Time for the annual company or neighborhood holiday party and all the other social events that come with the season. — Maribeth Kuzmeski