Investing Articles for Beginners and Pros Alike

Here you'll find our articles on investing. We cover everything from asset allocation to mutual fund selection to investing in 401k, IRA and other retirement accounts. The goal is to help you become a better, more successful investor.

Interview with Founders of Investment Portfolio Analysis App–Draft

Recently I had the chance to speak with Brad Lawler and Jason St. Peter, founders of DraftApp.com. This app enables investors to evaluate the asset allocation of their portfolio and compare it to other portfolios of like-minded investors. Think of it as crowdsourcing your investment portfolio analysis. As described by the company, “The app allows […]

Published or Updated: February 5, 2016

Best Brokers for IRA Retirement Accounts in 2016

Where to open an IRA can be an intimidating question. Options range from online discount brokers to robo advisors to mutual fund companies. With all of these choices, it can be difficult to know which is best. Whether you are looking to open a traditional IRA, Roth IRA, rollover or even a SEP IRA, in this […]

Published or Updated: January 7, 2016

How to Become a Millionaire – 3 Real Life Stories

Millionaire status. It has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Yeah, a million dollars won’t get you what it used to, but it’s still the benchmark that every middle class person shoots for. Becoming a millionaire means you’ve officially graduated from the middle class and are now one of the “wealthy elites” that you dreamed about becoming. […]

Published or Updated: January 6, 2016

Personal Capital Review

Is Personal Capital just another robo advisor? Not quite. In fact, it isn’t a robo advisor at all because Personal Capital’s investment service isn’t even automated! Instead, Personal Capital has an advisory team who make the decisions about individual portfolios at every step, although they do rely on technology in the process. And unlike robo advisors, Personal Capital […]

Published or Updated: December 22, 2015

How to Calculate the Weighted Expense Ratio of a Portfolio

It’s easy enough to figure out the expense ratio on a single mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF). What isn’t as easy is knowing what your expense ratio is throughout your entire portfolio. In order to know what that figure is, you have to calculate the weighted expense ratio of your investments. The expense ratio for […]

Published or Updated: December 10, 2015

Best Broker Promotions, Deals, and Bonuses of 2016

The investment brokerage industry has become incredibly competitive, with firms routinely offering all kinds of incentives – from cash bonuses to free trades and more. As can be expected, the offers – and the firms making them – change throughout the year. Below is a list of ten brokerage firms and their promotions, deals and […]

Published or Updated: December 22, 2015

Income Investing in Retirement — The Pros and Cons

Income investing in retirement has a lot of initial appeal. Rather than selling shares of a mutual fund or stock, one can instead live off of dividends from stocks and interest from bonds. This approach feels much safer than actually selling part of your investment. The reality of income or dividend investing, however, is not […]

Published or Updated: December 5, 2015

How to Buy a Corporate Bond

Statistically, not many people invest in corporate bonds, and it isn’t any secret why. If you’re looking for bond exposure, you can get US Treasury bonds and notes that are fully guaranteed by the US Government. Of course, you can also buy bond funds that will handle all the details for you, including diversification. So, why would […]

Published or Updated: November 18, 2015

TradeKing Online Broker – $200 Bonus

TradeKing has once again launched its $200 cash bonus for customers that sign-up for a new TradeKing account.  If you recognize this promotion, it’s because TradeKing does this sort of thing from time to time. Click here for the $200 TradeKing $200 bonus offer In order to qualify for the $200 cash bonus, you must abide by […]

Published or Updated: November 5, 2015

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