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.

Can I Retire Yet? How This Book Can Help You Answer

Chris Mamula

Can I retire yet? It is a question you have likely asked yourself, or will eventually ask. For some of us approaching the decision, it is a question we ask daily. Finding the right answer for you is vital. If you are overly optimistic and retire too soon, you risk running out of money before […]

Published or Updated: July 31, 2016

Should You Invest While You Are in Debt?

Aliyyah Camp

So, you owe some money. Whether it’s credit cards, school loans, or a car loan (or all three), you know you need to pay off your debt. At the same time, investment opportunities seem so attractive, particularly if your employer matches 401k contributions. You only have so much money to devote to either one, so […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2016

How to Make Money with Motif Investing for Beginners

Aliyyah Camp

If you keep up with financial happenings, you’ve probably heard about the new online brokerage, Motif Investing. You may have read about it in CNBC’s 50 Disruptor Companies of 2016 with its novel concept of investing in ideas. So, how exactly do you go about making money with Motif Investing? Here’s a beginner’s guide that […]

Published or Updated: July 9, 2016

Want to Start Investing? These Apps Will Make It Easy

Mark Hull

With the advent of internet trading platforms and Robo-advisors, it’s easier than ever to connect into the world of online investing. In spite of an abundance of resources, though, people still find themselves struggling just to get started. If you’ve never invested but would like to try, the world of investing apps is a safe […]

Published or Updated: July 22, 2016

What BREXIT Means for Long Term Investors–Nothing

Yesterday Britain voted to leave the European Union. Called BREXIT, the vote sent stock markets into turmoil. As of this writing, markets are down as much as nearly 8%: FTSE 100 (London): -4.24% NIKKEI (Japan): -7.92% DAX (Germany): -7.22% HANG SENG (Hong Kong): -2.95% The U.S. futures are also lower, with the DOW down nearly […]

Published or Updated: June 24, 2016

“The Simple Path to Wealth” Makes Acquiring Financial Freedom Look Easy

Chris Mamula

JL Collins recently released his first book, The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life. Collins is not yet a household name for most people. However, if you start reading blogs among the early retirement community, you cannot help but learn about the man. He has been […]

Published or Updated: June 25, 2016

How to Invest Your First $10,000 in the Smartest Ways

Aliyyah Camp

Saving your first $10,000 is a huge milestone. What you do with that money can make a big difference in your life. It can, for instance, bring you a lot closer to your financial goals if invested wisely. Deciding exactly what to do with the money to maximize its benefits is not always easy. To […]

Published or Updated: June 5, 2016

How to Evaluate an Investment Portfolio

Evaluating your investment portfolio is a critical task for DIY investors. That’s particularly true if you have an investment advisor manage your money and are now considering taking over the reins. That’s exactly the situation of a reader named Dave who emailed me recently. He’s five to 10 years away from retirement. His investments are […]

Published or Updated: May 2, 2016

Investing in Lego: A Fun and Unexpected Option

Derek Brameyer

I’m a huge Lego maniac. I’ve loved Lego since I was a kid, and to this day, I still build and collect sets. In fact, I just finished building the recently-released Lego Maze, which I highly recommend! You might be surprised to find that besides being all-around awesome, certain Lego sets and minifigures appreciate in […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2016

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