Archive for: Investing

With Mutual Funds, you may not be as Diversified as you Think

Out of all the investment products out there, the one you have probably heard most about is the mutual fund. Ironically, you may still not know quite what to buy. You're not alone – there are more than 14,000 different mutual funds available. It's … [Read more...]

How to Tell the Good Mutual Funds from the Bad: Four Must-know Performance Metrics

There are few things more exciting than buying a new car. If you're anything like me, you do a lot of research beforehand. You read reviews of the handling, towing capacity, horsepower and resale value – basically whatever statistics you place value o … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Mutual Fund Share Classes

The investment industry has tens of thousands of possible vehicles for parking your cash: ETF's, stocks, bonds, options, futures, currencies and more. With so many choices out there, it's hard to find the right one that fits your needs. You may … [Read more...]

Is Your Favorite Charity a Scam? How to be Sure

If you care enough about making a difference in this world, sooner or later you’ll put your money where your heart is, and donate to a charity that touches you personally, or else succeeds in making a direct appeal you. Yet just because a charity c … [Read more...]

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Investing for your future is a theme that's been beaten into your head so much at this point that you may not even think about it anymore. You have a 401(k), a Roth IRA and even a small brokerage account you play around with. You make monthly … [Read more...]

Beginner Investing IQ Quiz: How Savvy an Investor Are You?

Take this investing IQ quiz to find out just how much you know about investing your money in everything from 401(k)s to ETFs. Get investment advice (including videos) after every question. At the end of the quiz, you'll find out if you should … [Read more...]

Lending Club Investing: My Review After Three Years as an Investor

Many years ago I wrote extensively about peer-to-peer lending and two companies in particular: Lending Club and Prosper. In 2006, I took out a Prosper personal loan to consolidate some credit card debt and it ended up being an important step in my … [Read more...]

Should I Invest in my Employer’s Stock?

Some employers allow employees to purchase company stock either through a 401(k) plan or stock options. These incentives are provided as employee benefits that can be used for retirement or as a bonus. Over time, your employer's stock can add up … [Read more...]

Your First Investment Account: In Search of the Friendliest Brokers for New Investors

Here are two questions I get all the time: “Okay, I know I need to open an IRA. But where? E*Trade? Fidelity? My local bank?”“How can I start investing with just $500?” Today, I’m going to quickly tackle both. If you’ve been holding out on star … [Read more...]

Leverage in Your Porfolio: How Advanced Investors Trade on Margin

For you risk taking investors, the concept of leverage is enticing but shrouded in uncertainty as to how you might actually use it in your portfolio. What is leverage? In investing parlance, leverage describes ways you extend the capital with … [Read more...]