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ETFs: Get to Know Exchange-traded Funds

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a diversified investment product that can be bought and sold in shares on the stock market in the same way you can buy and sell shares of stock in an individual public company. When you buy a single share of an ETF, … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

I asked Mark to write about hiring financial planners/advisors because occasionally you guys email me wanting to know if you should hire one and---if so---how to go about it. (Figured it was better to ask an actual financial advisor than try to a … [Read more...]

Asset Allocation: Your Key to Investing Success

"If you have trouble imaging a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn't be in stocks." -– Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard. If you invest 100% of your money in stocks, and the stock market has a bad year (or ten), you lose money. That’s why asset a … [Read more...]

Beginning Stock Investing: A Starter Guide

Inspired by David’s First Time Homebuying Guide last week, I wrote this post for beginning stock market investors. Ready to buy your first few shares of stock? Here are five sound pointers to help you get started. 1. Pay off your high interest debt b … [Read more...]

What is an IPO? Facts for New Investors

IPO is an investing acronym we haven't heard much in a while...until recently. This week, General Motors went through the world's largest-ever IPO following the embattled automaker's bankruptcy last year. GM shares are available for trading as of … [Read more...]

When To Buy A Stock: Three Signs It’s Time To Load Up On Shares

Are you wondering if it’s time to load up your stock shopping cart? The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up well over 11,000 and investors are slowly returning to the market. The economy is gradually improving and economic activity is slowly on the … [Read more...]

The Best Places for Your Short-Term Savings

It's time to give yourself a ten-second financial check-up: Are all of your hard-earned dollars earning interest? Savvy investors know that every dollar deposited at a bank, brokerage, or financial institution should be making money... and … [Read more...]

Invest in America: Four Made-in-the-USA Stocks to Buy Now

Are you interested in constructing a portfolio of companies to invest in the good ole U.S.A? If so, then I have a portfolio for you. It’s a diversified portfolio of American companies stocks that should benefit as the economy recovers. Unlike m … [Read more...]

Three Small Financial Tweaks You Should Make Before Winter

The end of the year is fast approaching. Soon you’ll be bellying up to your Thanksgiving feast and perhaps playing chicken with other holiday shoppers in some mall parking lot. Of course, you may be thinking about your holiday shopping already. And i … [Read more...]

Why Now Is The Time To Buy Drugs

OK, so I'm not saying that you should go out and buy illegal drugs. I am saying that now is the time to start investing in drug companies. The pharmaceutical sector has a number of compelling stocks that have been beaten down by bearish … [Read more...]