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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]