DR 071: Dollar-Cost Averaging Versus Lump Sum Investing–Which is Best?

I‘ve always been suspicious of dollar-cost averaging. With DCA, rather than investing the cash you have all at once, you invest chunks of it over time. For example, you might invest $12,000 over the course of a year, $1,000 each month. In contrast, with lump sum investing, you’d put the full $12,000 to work right […]


5 Ways This Government Website can Help Your Finances (Yes, a Gov’t Website That’s Useful)

It’s not often that we use the words “government” and “useful” in the same sentence (at least without the word “not” in between). But we had to share one great money tool that is in fact a government website. Yes, it’s actually run by the government, and it’s a great resource for a lot of […]


DR 070: Investing Made Easy – An Interview with Betterment Founder Jon Stein

Several years ago I met Betterment’s founder and CEO, Jon Stein. At the time, Betterment was just getting started, and we had a chance to talk about what Betterment offered investors. Since then Betterment has grown significantly, with over $500 million under management. To find out what is new and to learn more about Betterment, […]


DR 069: Are Dave Ramsey’s Investing ELPs Good for Your Wealth?

Dave Ramsey may have helped you climb out of debt, but should you now follow his investing advice? His views on investing have come under fire lately. From his claim that stocks return 12% annually to his love of growth mutual funds, professional advisors have not been shy about their criticism. (Save Like Dave Ramsey. […]


Is the 50-20-30 Budget a Good Rule of Thumb?

How can the numbers 50, 20, and 30 help you manage your finances? Today, we’re going to talk about the 50-20-30 rule of budgeting. A company called LearnVest popularized this rule of budgeting recently, but it’s been around long before them. I’ve seen many financial experts write about it, as well. The bottom line is […]


Marginal vs Effective Tax Rates–What You Need to Know

Several readers have recently emailed me about Roth retirement accounts. The questions that have arisen include the difference between marginal tax rates and effective tax rates. It’s an important topic that we’ll cover in two articles. In this article we’ll walk through the difference between marginal and effective tax rates. In the next article we’ll […]