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 wouldn’t? In investing, the goal is to buy […]

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

Since the crash of 2009, the S&P 500 has returned 81 percent; gains that only went to investors who stayed in the game.

The media loves a good dramatic story. As they say “If it bleeds, it leads”. That motto isn’t just about physical violence, it can also apply to a bleeding economy. When you hear something on the news keep in mind that it’s on the news because it’s rare, and probably awful. Don’t let the media knock your investment strategy off course.

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

Learn how to buy and sell stock with this simple introduction to investing.

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 portfolio as your net worth grows. Here’s an explanation of […]

Where To Begin Investing: 12 Ideas From My Own Portfolio

Struggling with where to begin investing? Start simple with an index ETF or mutual fund.

Choosing your investments can be overwhelming, and even after you’ve made your choice you will probably still second guess yourself. I’ve learned that simple is best. Here’s how I’ve set up my portfolio.

Betterment Review: A Simple Investing Solution

Betterment provides simple investing as a great alternative to online brokers.

Betterment is an investing platform that makes investing decisions blisteringly easy: Choose a desired mix of stocks/bonds, your goal, and you’re done.

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Do You Need a Financial Advisor

Once you’ve determined you need a financial advisor there are some basic things you need to know about them. Such as, what credentials they have and their past work experiences. You will want to know if they get paid by commission or directly from you.

Asset Allocation: Your Key to Investing Success

Pie chart showing an example of asset allocation among stocks, bonds, cash, and other investments.

“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 allocation is one of the most important […]

The Case for Simple Investing

Average investor returns versus markets, 1990-2009.

It’s not very often that the best way to do something is also the easiest. However, investing is one of those things. The more you fiddle with it the worse your returns are likely to be. Which is really great news. It means the average busy person with limited investment knowledge can still do great in the markets.

Beginning Stock Investing: A Starter Guide

Beginning Stock Investing A Starter Guide

When you are just getting started investing the amount of information available is overwhelming. With so much advice and strategies it’s hard to decide which is best. What you need is quick guide to getting started investing. Here are the five things you need to know to get started.

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 the national scene. Institutions and investors alike are dying to get a piece of this […]