Investing

  • Are You Really Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Owning your home is fantastic — if you are financially ready. Here’s a quick checklist to help you determine if you can afford to be a home owner.

  • Top 10 Rental Markets Where Landlords Are Making a Killing

    Top 10 Rental Markets Where Landlords Are Making a Killing

    With the help of low homeownership rates and strong mobility demand, the rental market remains attractive for investors.

  • Is Legal Marijuana a Cash Cow?

    Is Legal Marijuana a Cash Cow?

    Colorado made around $7.5 million from legal marijuana during the month of August alone. Why are states so reluctant to take advantage of this cash cow?

  • Coin Flips and the Economics of Active Mutual Funds

    Coin Flips and the Economics of Active Mutual Funds

    Investors who have proven they can beat the market over decades, such as Warren Buffett, are rare enough to be household names.

  • Here’s How 401(k) Plans Can Cut Your Tax Bill

    Here’s How 401(k) Plans Can Cut Your Tax Bill

    Beyond empowering you to make perhaps the first most important financial decision in your life, 401(k) contributions are made pre-tax. Therefore, you only pay taxes on your after-contribution income.

  • American Greed: 3 of the Latest Investment Scams

    American Greed: 3 of the Latest Investment Scams

    Here are a few of the recent investment scams consumers have reported to the FTC.

  • How Health Savings Accounts Can Help You Save For Retirement

    How Health Savings Accounts Can Help You Save For Retirement

    More than 50 percent of Americans express concern that medical bills may one day overwhelm their finances.

  • What Great Rotation? The Stock Market is Still Incredibly Risky

    What Great Rotation? The Stock Market is Still Incredibly Risky

    Investors keep hearing about a so-called Great Rotation out of bonds into stocks, but it’s not happening.

  • 4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Buying a Car

    4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Buying a Car

    In the midst of all of the excitement, people make costly mistakes when buying a car. Here are a few you should try and avoid.

  • Stuck in your Annuity?

    Stuck in your Annuity?

    Here is some free financial advice that is extremely valuable: If the investment you’re looking to buy carries a stiff penalty to sell, avoid it. Variable annuities, for example—it’s one of many reasons they are poor investment options for the vast majority of investors. In variable annuities, this exit penalty—the price of financial freedom, if Read More »

  • Upstart: An Elegant Lending Platform for a More Civilized Age

    Upstart: An Elegant Lending Platform for a More Civilized Age

    Upstart is one of those Silicon Valley companies with a killer pitch, and it could shake up the way people borrow money forever.

  • Money Lessons From Baseball

    Money Lessons From Baseball

    As you cheer your team in this year’s World Series, consider that America’s favorite pastime can teach you a lot about America’s main preoccupation: money.

  • Netflix Shares Crash After Delivering Plot Twist

    Netflix Shares Crash After Delivering Plot Twist

    When a high-flying growth stock encounters a plot twist, investors typically toss the entire script into the trash.

  • Explaining Bonds—to Myself

    Explaining Bonds—to Myself

    Think of a bond like a mortgage, except that you’re the bank.

  • How to Spot Good Mutual Funds

    How to Spot Good Mutual Funds

    Mutual funds offer an easy way to build different portfolios to meet different objectives in your life, but you have to know what to look for.

  • Is Another Bear Market Around the Corner?

    Is Another Bear Market Around the Corner?

    This question is on many investors’ minds today. In 2014, stocks have risen against a backdrop of morphing fears, like geopolitical tensions, which have flipped from place to place: Ukraine and Russia; Israel and the Palestinians; Iraq and Syria. Folks fixate on central bank releases, putting word choice under a microscope—like September’s debate over whether Read More »

  • Investing Mistakes You Should Avoid in 2014

    Investing Mistakes You Should Avoid in 2014

    Everyone makes mistakes while investing. Pros and do-it-yourselfers—everybody is human. But there is a big difference between occasional one-off errors and committing long-lasting or repeat ones. Too often, investors think of mistakes in isolation—perhaps a stock pick that didn’t pan out. But the big errors are structural, often tied to biases or rules of thumb Read More »

  • How to Invest Outside the U.S. Without Fear

    How to Invest Outside the U.S. Without Fear

    Investing outside the U.S. may seem like a big idea—and may even be intimidating—but chances are you’ve already invested internationally if your portfolio is well diversified.

  • Investing? Know Your Goals

    Investing? Know Your Goals

    Whatever your target, know that different financial goals require different strategies.

  • 5 College Degrees That Provide the Worst Return on Investment

    5 College Degrees That Provide the Worst Return on Investment

    The cost of a college degree may be worth the benefit, but these five offer less benefits than some of the other, more profitable options.

  • Here’s How to Become a Disciplined Investor

    Here’s How to Become a Disciplined Investor

    Saving money is like exercising -- often when people start saving late in life, just like in exercising, they try to do too much too fast.

  • Warren Buffett Shows Some Love for World’s Most Valuable Brands

    Warren Buffett Shows Some Love for World’s Most Valuable Brands

    In the business world, a company’s reputation is reflected in its brand.

  • Lagging Small-Caps Are a Bad Sign for Investors

    Lagging Small-Caps Are a Bad Sign for Investors

    Turns out that not all stocks are created equal. Small–cap stocks are negative this year, at odds with their historical tendency to do well in an economic expansion.

  • What Are the Top Mistakes That Investors Make?

    What Are the Top Mistakes That Investors Make?

    Investors are only human, but a little knowledge can go a long way in avoiding common mistakes.

  • Should You Invest in Private Companies?

    Should You Invest in Private Companies?

    From hedge funds to venture capital, more and more people are investing in private companies. Should you?

  • 3 Tricks Car Salesmen Use that Everyone Should Know How to Handle

    3 Tricks Car Salesmen Use that Everyone Should Know How to Handle

    Consumers report dealing with salespeople as one of their top frustrations when buying a car. Here are a few car salesmen tricks and how to get a leg up.

  • It’s Time to Unlearn Your Investment Fears

    It’s Time to Unlearn Your Investment Fears

    Growing up with their parents’ scary tales of Depression hardship, the generation now approaching retirement age grew up to be wary of investing and owning debts.

  • Don’t Get Ripped Off: How to Avoid Financial Scams

    Don’t Get Ripped Off: How to Avoid Financial Scams

    If successful people are prone to invest in fraudulent private companies, what is the common investor to do?

  • Is Alternative Investing Only for the Wealthy?

    Is Alternative Investing Only for the Wealthy?

    Once only available to institutions and wealthy individuals, alternative investments – basically securities that do not trade on any exchange – are winning a broader appeal.

  • Can You Really Pay for a Vacation House By Renting It Out?

    Can You Really Pay for a Vacation House By Renting It Out?

    Owning a vacation home may seem far-fetched, but renting can help get you there.



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