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...]

How to Invest for Short-Term Goals (Less Than 10 Years Out)

Raise your hand if you’re trying to save for something big in the next 10 years. A new car? Your wedding? The down payment on a home? More education? Most financial advice tells you to save for two –- maybe three -- things: A rainy day (the cas … [Read more...]

5 Mutual Funds to Get You Started

Let’s proceed carefully. Although I’ve done it once or twice before, I try to avoid recommending individual stocks or funds. Such “picks” are a dime a dozen on other blogs, in major financial magazines or on Jim Cramer’s TV shows. At best, inves … [Read more...]

Money Mentors: Teacher and Entrepreneur Tom Morris on Working Multiple Jobs, Taking Risks

David’s post “Why You Should Work Multiple Jobs,” really got me thinking. Much of the advice in that post sounded like lessons I’ve heard since I was little. Many of my family members have worked multiple jobs (or at least a part-time job while bei … [Read more...]

Where To Begin Investing: 12 Ideas From My Own Portfolio

  Question for you: When it comes to investing, are you confident or clueless? If you’re clueless, I’m going to help by giving you a peek at my own portfolio and showing you – quite specifically – where to begin investing. If you’re a sa … [Read more...]

Green Investing: How Your Investments Can Help The Earth

Earth Day is an annual reminder of things we can do as individuals to help preserve our habitat and the resources that sustain us. When we think about living green, recycling, buying locally, or trading in the SUV for a Prius usually come to mind. … [Read more...]

How to Pick a Mutual Fund

You shouldn't have to worry about picking mutual funds if you don't want to. That is, if you have zero interest in immersing yourself in fund performance data and anlayst research, you will do best with a simple investing strategy: invest in an … [Read more...]

Understanding What Mutual Funds Cost

So, you found the perfect mutual fund for your investment goals. Before you invest, do you know how much that mutual fund costs? Last week, I wrote a beginner’s guide to mutual funds. As I said, mutual funds are ideal investments for new i … [Read more...]

How Mutual Funds Can Help You Start Investing

I hope you'll read this post, but I'm nervous you may not. Why? Because the word “mutual fund” is in the headline. I mean, really, even if you’re into investing, talking about mutual funds is about as exciting as watching a turtle cross the road. … [Read more...]

The Best Mutual Funds and ETFs for New Investors

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the best places for new investors to open investing accounts. But a complementary decision (and, perhaps, a more important one) isn’t where to invest, but how. I began to answer that question recently as well, … [Read more...]