5 Resources to Help You Allocate Your Retirement Assets

Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund

This article is a companion piece to the podcast on how much of your retirement nest egg you should invest in stocks. Here I’ll share some resources that can help you make this important decision. 1. Target Date Retirement Funds Vanguard (among other companies) offers target date retirement funds. These fund of funds, as they […]

Published or Updated: April 2, 2014

DR 049: How Much of Your Retirement Nest Egg Should You Invest in Stocks?

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In the 31-Day Money Challenge, we covered the basics of asset allocation. Today we are going to focus more specifically on how much to invest in stocks and how much in bonds. The stock/bond allocation is the most important piece of asset allocation. The question of stocks vs. bonds is much more important than the […]

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Published or Updated: April 2, 2014

Betterment Review – Online Investing Made Easy

Betterment Add Withdraw Money

When it comes to investing, one of the most important factors is cost. That’s why it is important to invest in low cost mutual funds and ETFs, and to use a low cost broker if you buy individuals stocks and bonds. And that brings me to this review of Betterment, an online tool that makes […]

Published or Updated: April 1, 2014

DR 047: How to Value a Coin Collection

1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar MS65

I recently started collecting coins. I only have a handful right now: mainly Morgan silver dollars. I tend to just pay $40 or $50 for a nice coin, and I don’t have a particularly valuable collection. I just enjoy collecting them. One of my coins is a Morgan silver dollar from 1878. It’s an S […]

Published or Updated: March 30, 2014

The Power of Compound Interest. . .Even Math Geeks will be Amazed

compounding a penny

Recently, my friend Jay Monee over at Budgets are Sexy wrote an article about the power of compound interest. (You may remember Jay from my interview with him on how he makes money online.) In his article he asked a great question: “If you start with a penny on day one, and double it every […]

Published or Updated: March 25, 2014

DR 045: How to Diversify Investments When You’re Just Starting to Invest

diversifying investments with little money

New investors face unique obstacles. There’s the learning curve. Clear that and there’s still the hurdle of having little money to invest (although there are easy solutions to that one). And then there’s the question of executing an asset allocation plan when you have little capital. That’s the question a reader named Daniel recently asked: […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

DR 043: How to Compare Mutual Funds in Under 60 Seconds

Morningstar Fund Compare Tool

I encountered a big problem when I first started investing. Maybe you’ve encountered it, too. I would read a lot of books on investing. Two of my favorites are Rick Ferri’s All About Asset Allocation and William Bernstein’s The Four Pillars of Investing. These books cover asset allocation, and in All About Asset Allocation, describe […]

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Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

The Stock Market Game February Update (+7.60%)

Grow Your Dough Feb 2014

As I mentioned on the podcast, I’ve entered a stock market “game” for 2014. It’s actually more than game because I’ve put up $1,000 to match my investing prowess against a group of some of the most talented personal finance bloggers you’ll find anywhere. Here’s the deal. Jeff Rose of Good Financial Cents (and a […]

Published or Updated: March 5, 2014

Bitcoins and Your Financial Future

Bitcoins

The Internet is wonderfully disruptive. Travel websites have all but eliminated the need for travel agents. Online banks ushered in financial institutions without costly bank branches. Amazon walloped bookstores. Netflix killed Blockbuster. Newspapers are dying a death of a thousand clicks. The list goes on. Watching the Internet mow down established industries brings to mind […]

Published or Updated: February 28, 2014