The Investing Lesson Todd Taught Me

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As a boy, I spent a lot of time annoying our next-door neighbor, Todd, a successful work-at-home plastics executive. In exchange, he taught me curse words, how to play poker, and one very smart habit. Todd read a Boston Globe every morning in a very specific way: First he opened the comics, then the stock […]

How to Start Saving For Retirement

Perhaps you heard it from your parents, some guy you know who “really has it together” or maybe you’ve read it on a blog like this one. Regardless of where you got the advice: You know that it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. That means if you have a steady job, you […]

Should You Save First for Retirement or a Down Payment on a House?

Last week, a long-time reader e-mailed a superb question: If you must choose, should you save first for retirement or save for a down payment on your first home? Obviously, both are important. The younger you are when you start contributing to a 401(k) or IRA, the longer compounding interest will work its magic. At […]

Four Common Investing Mistakes

Following your heart is often a good thing… except for when it comes to investing. Keeping a cool head while investing will most likely give you better returns. And that’s just one mistake that can cost you. Here are four common investing mistakes to make sure you avoid.

Economic Bubbles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and Why You Should Care

You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that economic bubbles—and their ensuing POPS!—can take us all for a wild ride. Bubbles occur anytime asset prices appreciate unrealistically; and they happen more often than we think. In the United States alone we have seen two in the past twenty years: The dot-com bubble in […]

Is Investing Gambling?

There is a thin line that differentiates investing and gambling. We might consider professional gamblers—poker players, for example—a breed of speculative investors. Of course, we might also call investment professionals who take wild risks in financial markets gamblers. No matter how skilled the card shark or how practiced the investing maven, one thing is certain: […]

When to Sell a Stock

To make a successful investment, you must know when to buy and when you should sell. The reality is that there are only a handful of companies worth holding onto for long periods of time—and there are very few investors who are perceptive enough to buy only those companies. There will always be good times […]

Waging War on Wall Street?

Just over a week ago, the Obama Administration waged war on Wall Street. President Obama has proposed financial reform that would limit the size and activities of the largest U.S. banks by separating proprietary trading, hedge funds, and private equity operations from banking (taking deposits and making loans). Theoretically, these reforms would simultaneously reduce the […]

The Future of ETFs

This past week, the Boca Raton Resort & Club hosted the Third Annual Inside ETFs Conference, the world’s largest exchange traded fund (ETF) event with over 750 participants. CNBC even broadcasted live from the event with interviews from ETF issuers, marketers, fund managers and others involved in the ETF business. With over 800 ETFs in […]

The Inverse Relationship Between Gold And The Dollar

Gold has been one of the hottest topics in the investing world in recent months, and with good reason. In 2009, investors received a 25 percent return on gold—the biggest absolute annual gain in three decades. Arguably, gold’s nine-year streak of positive returns is even more impressive. If you’re considering whether to invest in gold, […]