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.

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

Thrift Savings Plan User? This is the Only Cheat Sheet You’ll Need

Mark Hull

Are you a federal employee or member of the Armed Forces interested in retirement planning? Do you want to take control of your financial future? Are you craving an investment plan that you can manage on your own? You’re in luck because you have access to a great investment program: the Thrift Savings Plan. This TSP Cheat Sheet covers […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2016

Finally, Investment Advice That Won’t Rob You Blind

The Department of Labor released its final regulation on what’s known as the Fiduciary Rule. The rule requires those offering paid financial advice on retirement accounts to put their client’s interests first. While at first glance the rule seems anything but objectionable, it raises some concerns. One key concern is cost. While fee-only advisors promote the […]

Published or Updated: April 10, 2016

The Money Binder: How to Prepare Your Finances For Your Death

In many families one person handles the finances. In our case, I handle everything about our money from budgeting to investing. My wife has no interest in taking over this responsibility. And that presents a potential problem. What would my wife do should I get hit by a truck? How would she handle our investments? […]

Published or Updated: March 28, 2016

Be Careful: Fee-Only Advice is Not Conflict Free

Bill Ryan

A couple of years ago, I sat for and passed the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) exam. If I ever decide to hang out a shingle and become a financial planner, I will become a “fee-only” advisor. I currently manage my own investments, but if I were going to hire a financial advisor, it would be […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2016

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