Sometimes the worst plans can make you richer. In this special Investment Guide we highlight strategies that may seem foolish at first, until you dig into them. Buy gold? Trade options? Take a reverse mortgage? All can provide big returns in the right circumstances. To help lead the way is the man behind pretty much every bad idea on HBO’s cult sitcom Silicon Valley–actor and comedian T.J. Miller, whose Erlich Bachman somehow always pulls through.

Sleazy Image, Smart Play / Reverse mortgages have a low-rent reputation. But they could play a bigger role in affluent Boomers’ retirement plans. If that happens, a 39-year-old neat freak will be a big winner. 

Milking Your Stocks  / Trading options is a gambler’s bet, but for a math-minded investor, they can also provide a steady and relatively safe source of income. 

Divide Your Home / Forfeit part of your “best” long-term investment? It might make sense. 

Shrink Your Salary / Newt Gingrich, John Edwards and (it appears) Donald Trump did it. Maybe you should too.

When Paper Beats Cash / Sacrificing salary for hard-to-value-options is crazy—unless you can do the math. 

Rowing Upstream for Alpha /As billions pour out of active management, stockpicking standout T. Rowe Price is hunkering down and quietly setting up a quant shop, just in case. 

Faceless Returns / Jack Bogle and a chorus of indexing champions say active investing is futile. BlackRock thinks Andrew Ang and his computer-driven ETFs are the strategy’s last great hope. 

Article credit : forbes.com

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