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.

How to Make the Best of a Bad 401(k)

Investing in a 401(k) plan at work can be a lot like eating at a cheap buffet. There are a lot of options, but they’re all bad. For those trying to hard to keep investing costs down and to invest with a solid asset allocation plan, having bad options in a 401(k) or 403(b) is like […]

Published or Updated: January 25, 2015

Was Your Portfolio Designed by Rube Goldberg?

Rube Goldberg of Investing

When you look at your investment portfolio, does Rube Goldberg come to mind? Goldberg was a Pulitzer Price winning cartoonist famous for drawing complicated contraptions designed to perform a simple task.  In fact, Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a “Rube Goldberg” as a “comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation.”   […]

Published or Updated: January 22, 2015

How to Limit Taxes from Mutual Funds and ETFs–An Interview with James Rowley of Vanguard

Vanguard Investments

The tax implications of mutual funds and ETFs can make the tax code look simple. Unlike investing in individual stocks, mutual funds can generate capital gains even when you haven’t sold any shares of the fund. These distributions make asset location–whether to hold certain investments in taxable or retirement accounts–critical. To help us sort through […]

Published or Updated: January 21, 2015

Interview With Herbert Moore of WiseBanyan

Herbert Moore of WiseBanyan

Imagine that could use an online tool that could help you choose the asset allocation for your investments, whether in an IRA or a taxable account, reinvest all of your dividends, rebalance your portfolio as the value of your investments change, and perform even more complicated strategies, like tax loss harvesting. Now imagine that this tool […]

Published or Updated: January 21, 2015

A Guide to Tax Loss Harvesting & Robo Advisors

Tax Loss Harvesting and Robo Advisors

Tax loss harvesting is one of the few free lunches in the world of investing. With a little planning, you can reduce or even eliminate your capital gains in any given year. In some cases, you may also get a deduction from ordinary income of up to $3,000. Tax Loss Harvesting, sometimes abbreviated TLH, has come […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2015

Betterment vs. Wealthfront

Betterment vs WealthFront

Two of the biggest robo advisors are Betterment and WealthFront.  At first glance they may appear to be virtually identical.  Both create diversifed portfolios with similar low cost ETFs.  Both rebalance your portfolio, reinvest your dividends, and offer tax loss harvesting.  Both have slick, easy to us websites. But there are some significant differences between […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2015

DR 147: 10 Ways to Invest $10,000

Money Crush

A few weeks ago in the Dough Roller weekly newsletter I asked the following question: “What would you do if you came into $10,000?” I received a lot of answers.  What surprised me about the responses were how similar they were.  The varied in the specific details of how people would spend $10,000, but they shared […]

Published or Updated: January 8, 2015

DR 145: 6 Keys to Successful Investing

6 Keys to Investing

Investors today must make countless decisions. We have to decide on the type of account to open, where to open it, an asset allocation plan, specific investments, mutual funds vs. ETFs, and the list goes on. It can be overwhelming. This hit home for me recently when I received the following email from a reader: […]

Published or Updated: January 6, 2015

DR 138: Interview with WealthFront CEO, Adam Nash

Adam Nash of Weatlh Front

Wealthfront is the largest and fastest growing automated investment service, with over $1.6 billion under management. And it all happened in just three years! I had a chance to interview Wealthfront CEO, Adam Nash. He shares his insights on the platform, and on investing in general. His educational background is in software and design, but […]

Published or Updated: December 16, 2014