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.

DR 118: 9 Actionable Tips to Help You Stick to Your Investment Plan

Asset Allocation Returns

It’s advice we hear time and again–stick to your asset allocation plan. Whether the stock market is reaching new highs are new lows, don’t change your investments apart from rebalancing. It’s the kind of advice that is simple to understand, but difficult to follow. In fact, a lot of investors don’t follow this advice. In […]

Published or Updated: October 22, 2014

DR 116: Dividend Investing (Part 3)–Dividend Growth

Pepsi Quote Morningstar

This is the third article in an ongoing series on dividend investing. In part 1 we started with an introduction to dividends. In part 2 we examined how dividends work in conjunction with mutual funds. Today we are going to look at dividend growth. My goal for this article and podcast is to convince you […]

Published or Updated: October 12, 2014

DR 115: How to Prepare Your Spouse to Invest When You Are Gone

In many families, one spouse handles the investments. As for the other spouse, he or she often has little interest in understanding mutual funds, ETFs, asset allocation, or retirement accounts. Yet what would happen if the one handling the investments were to die or incapacitated. How would the non-investing spouse handle this important responsibility? The […]

Published or Updated: October 11, 2014

DR 113: How to Invest in a 529 Plan

Vanguard 529 Map

How should you invest money in a 529 plan? These college savings plans present some unique investing challenges. On the one hand you want the money to grow to at least keep up with the rising cost of college. On the other hand, there is a limited time horizon. Assume too much risk and the […]

Published or Updated: October 3, 2014

Should You Hire an Investment Advisor to Manage Your Investments?

Vanguard Investments

With the advent of low cost index funds, the case for an expensive investment advisor grew considerably weaker. As technological advances have given way to robo-advisors (e.g., Betterment and Wealth Front), the case in favor of expensive advisors has all but cratered. It was with this background that I read the following email from a […]

Published or Updated: October 2, 2014

DR 111: What Should You Do With Your 401k When You Leave Your Job

What to do with 401k when leaving a job

What should you do with your 401k or 403b when you leave your job? This is a question that confronts more and more people. According to the Department of Labor young Baby Boomers held on average 11.3 jobs from age 18 to 46. So it was no surprise when I received the following email from […]

Published or Updated: September 29, 2014

How to Pass the Series 65 Exam

Series 65 Exam is Easy

Earlier this month I took the Series 65 exam. The test is designed for those who want to become investment advisors to manage other’s investments. In response to a number of email from my newsletter subscribers (I mentioned the exam in a newsletter), I thought I’d share my experience studying for and taking the exam. […]

Published or Updated: September 24, 2014

DR 108: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?

Pay Off Mortgage or invest

Imagine you’ve just inherited some money. The amount just happens to match the outstanding balance on your mortgage. Now you have a decision. Do you pay off the mortgage or invest the money for retirement. That’s the question facing a podcast listener named Shelly. Here is her email to me: Great job on your podcasts. […]

Published or Updated: September 23, 2014

DR 107: Monthly Investment Update–September 2014

Asset Allocation September 2014

It’s time for our monthly investment portfolio update. In each update I run through the tools I use and the results of my investments. I show you the good and the bad. We’ll even cover some mistakes I’ve made and what I’ve learned from those mistakes. Let’s start with the tools and a high level […]

Published or Updated: September 21, 2014