The Market’s Up: Should I Wait to Invest?

As I’m writing this, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has set a record high for three days in a row. The mainstream media is going nuts. And -- like everybody else who has money in a 401(k) or other stock accounts -- I’m feeling pretty good. Who wou … [Read more...]

Rational Investing: Why I Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff

It’s not easy being rational. When your 401(k) drops several thousand dollars in a few months, when the people on your TV are chattering about another recession, when newspapers lead with headlines a fiscal cliff (whatever that is) putting c … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference? Market, Limit, and Other Stock Market Orders

You don’t have to be a math whiz – or a millionaire – to invest in the stock market. In fact, the sooner you get comfortable buying and selling stock (and start investing in some solid companies), the better you can leverage stocks in your portf … [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...]

Betterment Review: A Simple Investing Solution

I’m a fan of simple investing. Traditionally, simple investing meant investing in a index funds, securities that track the entire stock market or large sectors of it in a single low-cost investment. But even index investing isn't that simple. T … [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...]

The Case for Simple Investing

"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February." – Mark Twain. I have some advice that might upset you. If … [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. Pay off your high interest debt b … [Read more...]

Foreign Investing 101: What You Should Know Before Investing Your Dollars Abroad

Emerging markets have been the hot investment areas over the past few years. Investors have rushed to invest in the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). These countries have seen double digit growth rates as their economies have burst onto … [Read more...]