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 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: July 18, 2016

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

TradeKing Advisors: Sophisticated Investment Management at Discount Prices

TradeKing has established itself as one of the best low-cost investment brokerage firms available. Now, that success has been carried over to an investment advisory service known as TradeKing Advisors. The service provides investment advice and management for those who don’t feel they are qualified to go down the do-it-yourself investment route. What Is TradeKing […]

Published or Updated: November 2, 2015

Betterment SmartDeposit–Auto Pilot for Savers

Everybody knows that they should be saving. Everyone knows they should be on a budget. But, let’s face it: Many people just don’t have the knowledge or the committment to follow through each month. We’ve all failed to reach our savings goals at one point or another. My wife and I used to struggle with it […]

Published or Updated: October 14, 2015

Acorns Review–How to Nickel and Dime Your Way to Wealth

Robo advisors can be the perfect investment platforms for people who like hands-off investing. They handle all of the investment details for you, including portfolio allocation, investment selection, and periodic rebalancing. All you need to do is to fund your account, and then live your life to the fullest. Acorns is a robo advisor, but it […]

Published or Updated: November 2, 2015

7 Ways to Improve Your Investment Returns

To create a large investment portfolio, you need to save money regularly, invest consistently, and learn to stay the course for as many years as it takes. There are, however, several strategies that can help you improve your investment gains over time. This post highlights a few of those strategies. Improve Your Investment Returns with […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2015

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