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On the Road from $0 to a Million, This Simple Pyramid is Your Map; What Level Are You On?

Proper financial planning takes into account the whole picture and not just a piece. Saving for retirement might be your current goal, but if you don't have a plan for emergencies, that goal can get derailed in a second and and kill any dreams of … [Read more...]

Growth Stocks vs Value Stocks: What’s the Difference?

First off, picking individual stocks isn't for everyone -- most new investors are well-served by a simple portfolio of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. But owning stock in a company directly can make investing more interesting. Finding … [Read more...]

Investing in Bonds Made Easy; Why You Can’t Call Yourself an Investor Until You Understand Bonds

In investing, there are three primary asset classes: cash, stocks, and bonds. Cash is self-explanatory, and most of us have at least a basic understanding of stocks. A stock is simply a fractional ownership interest in a company. But what about … [Read more...]

61/2 Steps to Financial Stability

How do you go from being flat broke to achieving -- if not wealth -- a state of financial comfort, freedom, and security? One step at a time. But: Do you know what your next step should be? I estimate that about 80 percent of questions I get … [Read more...]

Not Rich Enough to Invest in Hedge Funds? Some Alternative Investments You Can Afford

Whispered in the shadows of your office or your in-laws' dining room may be talk of investing in “alternative” funds. Words like “hedge fund” or “private equity” may be thrown around haphazardly with boasts of high returns, low risk, and a lack of cor … [Read more...]

Beyond the Hype, the Real Reasons Some Investors Buy Gold

Watch any financial news network for 30 minutes and you'll likely hear someone talk about gold prices at some point. There's a lot of volume in the precious metal trading hands on a daily basis and it’s easily one of the most popular asset classes o … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw Good Money After Bad; When To Sell A Losing Investment

Editor's note: This post originally ran in October, but with the recent stock market dips lots of readers have been asking whether they should sell losing stocks. Let this post be your guide. Sell a stock if a). it no longer match your investing … [Read more...]

Personal Capital Review: Supercharge Your Investing with this Free App

Personal Capital is a free online and mobile personal finance and investment management app that’s been garnering a lot of fans both here on Money Under 30 and from Silicon Valley investors. I first found Personal Capital when we went looking for a … [Read more...]

Active vs. Passive Investing: Why Your Investing Style Matters

Let's be honest — investing can be a lot of work. It's easy to be overwhelmed, drowning in an endless and often-contradictory deluge of information from active trader blogs like SeekingAlpha, passive investing forums like Bogleheads.org, or ev … [Read more...]

Want a Future Without Debt and with Plenty of Sunny Beach Vacations? Do THIS Every Three Months

Every year around the end of December, we get inundated with media and advice about New Year’s resolutions. And many of us do set goals around the New Year as we aspire to do everything from eat better and lose weight to earn more money or finally s … [Read more...]