A Great Alternative to Buying Expensive Cameras, Lenses and other Photography Equipment


It happens every time we go on vacation. I plan on buying some high quality lenses for my Nikon D70, which are as impressive as they are expensive. As we get closer to the vacation, however, I get cold feet because of the price tag. We’re talking lenses that cost nearly $2,000. And so I […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

Does God Want You to be Rich?

Does God want you to be rich

Does God want you to be rich? Before reading any further, post a comment to this article answering that question. I’ll wait . . . . Ok. I imagine the answers to this question will range from “Yes, He does” to “No, She doesn’t” to “God? There is no God.” Some will take this question […]

Published or Updated: March 29, 2014

The Morningstar’s Instant X-Ray Tool


The Morningstar User’s Guide is a series of articles discussing how to make the best use of the tools, research and analysis available at Morningstar.com. Morningstar’s X-Ray tool, as the name suggests, allows you to look through your portfolio of mutual funds to see exactly what you own. This tool is a great way to […]

Published or Updated: March 29, 2014

Beginner’s Guide to Asset Allocation–Foreign vs. Domestic Mutual Funds


I remember a time when “Made in China” stamped on a product was a novelty. Not anymore. Today, the growth of industry outside the U.S. is proceeding at a fast clip. Globalization, as many describe it, is making investments abroad more critical to a diversified portfolio than ever before. In fact, about 50% of the […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

5 Money-Saving Reasons to Buy an Apple iPhone


Let’s get real. The iPhone looks great, but at $500-$600, it’s a big budget-buster. So I’ve come up with 5 excuses justifications rationalizations sound financial money-saving reasons to buy an iPhone, just in case you need to feel better about the money you’re going to spend. Here you go: iPod is so yesterday: With a […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013

Growth vs Value Mutual Funds

growth vs value mutual funds

The last article in this series covered the market cap of funds, asking whether size matters. Today we look at the difference between growth vs value mutual funds. Value Funds: A value stock is one that is undervalued according to some measurement. It may be undervalued because it’s in an industry that is struggling. It […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2012

Number 9, Number 9–Carnival of Money, Growth and Happiness

The 9th edition of the Carnival of Money, Growth and Happiness is available at Credit Card Lowdown. Lowdown included my article on Stocks v. Bonds, which is part of the series on Asset Allocation. Thanks, Lowdown! Here are some other articles in the carnival that I thought were particularly interesting: Why Invest in Stocks @ […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Are You in a Quicken Coma?

Question: What’s the worst kind of problem to have? Answer: The one you don’t know even exists. That’s what makes a Quicken Coma so dangerous, and I just woke up from mine. So what’s a Quicken Coma? A Quicken Coma is when your use of a personal finance software program lulls you into thinking you […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Is the Church a Charity?


One of the great things about personal finance blogs is that money touches almost every part of our lives, including our spiritual lives. Whether you regularly attend religious services, or even if you are an atheist, there is a sense of right and wrong, good and bad in all of us. This raises the question, […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011