How to Rebalance Your Portfolio

How to Rebalance Your Portfolio

Savvy investors rebalance their portfolio often to ensure proper asset allocation. Fear not: even for novices, rebalancing isn’t as hard as it sounds.

When to Sell Stock: Three Signs It’s Time to Unload Your Shares

Do you know when to sell your stock? It would be great if you could buy a stock, bond, mutual fund, or exchange traded fund and just hold it forever. Sadly, this is not the case. With every investment, there will always come a time when you have to sell shares of stock. But how […]

Savings Interest Rates Suck, But Here’s What You Can Do About It

Today, I want to tackle a common question: When savings account interest rates suck, how else can you get a return on your cash? Here’s how one reader phrased it: I’m a single young professional without any debt. I make a decent living. I have a 401(k), Roth IRA, and an emergency fund. Currently my […]

Why Most Good Investors Speculate (And You Should, Too)

Are you an investor or a speculator? You may not be sure, but the two are quite different. The primary difference lies in the safety of the principal. The first rule of investing is not to lose money. Therefore, your primary goal is to protect your principal. Speculation, meanwhile, focuses on the rate of return […]

Selling Options: What Every Investor Needs to Know

Last week, we took a look at a few of the strategies that investors use when buying options. Although buying options has its advantages, selling options can also be a great way to pocket some extra cash. How does this work? Investors often write option contracts to make money during stock market lulls. Investors earn […]

Buying Options: What Every Investor Needs to Know

Have you ever wondered about how to get started investing in options? Options trading has been increasing in popularity over the past few years. Television shows like Fast Money and Options Action devote a significant amount of time discussing option strategies for investors. Investors and traders are attracted to the low cost, high return potential […]

Survive a Stock Market Crash: What To Do When Markets Tank

You can survive a stock market crash by combining an options strategy, buying opportunities, and the will to ignore financial media.

Last Thursday (May 6, 2010), the market dropped nearly 1,000 points during the day as investors rushed to unload stocks. Fear and panic were all over the airwaves as commentators tried to find a way to explain the precipitous drop. Although the stock market crash was terrible for some, it presented opportunities to others. Here […]

How To Take Advantage of Rising Interest Rates

As the economy recovers, interest rates will start to increase. To many, rising interest rates are a bad thing because they lead to higher rates on mortgages, auto loans, and credit cards. Although it’s true that higher rates can hurt, rising interest rates can also be a good thing because you can earn a greater […]

Should You Borrow Money to Invest for Retirement?

Two Yale Professors want you to borrow money to invest in the stock market. Economists Ian Ayres and Barry Nalebuff first pitched the idea in a 2005 Forbes column called Mortgage Your Retirement. Their philosophy is this: Young people should take advantage of the stock market’s propensity to deliver long-term gains by trading on margin. […]

Five Strong Stocks for Beginning Investors

So, you’ve made the decision to start investing, but you just aren’t sure what stocks to buy. Building a portfolio can seem like a complicated process, especially when you’re just starting out. And that’s a good thing, because it’s important to get your portfolio off on the right foot by investing in solid companies with […]