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.

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: November 2, 2015

DR 147: 10 Ways to Invest $10,000

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: November 2, 2015

DR 145: 6 Keys to Successful 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

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

DR 136: 5 Reasons Robo Advisors are Worth the Cost

As robo advisers grow in assets under management, more people are beginning to ask if using one is the right strategy. My last podcast on robo-advisors brought this email from a reader named Steve: The other timely podcast was the robo-advisor one. I’m in the process of helping my mom move her accounts from Morgan […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2014

DR 132: Robo Advisors–The Pros and Cons

The first so called Robo Advisor I recall is Betterment. Several years ago I met its founder, Jon Stein, and recently interviewed him for the podcast. Since then I’ve used or evaluated Motif Investing, Acorns, Wealth Front, Future Advisors, and JemStep. I’ve also used extensively the free Financial Dashboard offered by Personal Capital. It was […]

Published or Updated: November 2, 2015

Future Advisor Review — A Tool to Automate Your Investments

Over the past few years several new companies have built tools to help automate investments.  Called robo-advisors, these companies take several different approaches to help simplify investing.  One of these companies is called Future Advisor.  In this review, we’ll look at how Future Advisor works, how much it costs, and how it can help you become […]

Published or Updated: November 2, 2015

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

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: December 29, 2014

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

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

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