Whether it’s having an emergency fund grow in an online savings account or asset allocation within our 401k accounts, successful investing plays a huge part in our wealth building strategies. It’s very important that we lay out a plan based on our true risk tolerance and time horizon. And most important of all, diversify, diversify and diversify.
- Why Investing in Stocks was Not a Financial Mistake
- Not Caring About the Wild Stock Market Swings
- 10 Activities for a Bear Market
- How I Started Buying My First Stock
- Great Entrepreneurs Suck at Investing
The Case for Low Cost Index Funds
I’m not the person who will tell you that you have a low chance of beating the stock market benchmarks by yourself because you can, as I’ve done over the years. I’m the person to tell you though that even if you can do it, you should most likely just stick with index funds. For one thing, you probably have a real job where you should focus your energy in because beating the market takes a lot of time out of every single day and energy out of you. Sure, you might be missing an opportunity on the investment end by going with low cost index funds but when you can concentrate more on your family and career, you get so much more.
- We Should Buy Index Funds Even if We Can Beat the Market
- Why We Always Recommend Buying Low Cost Index Funds
- Whether I Should Buy an Investment Property in the Current Housing Slump
- Considering Your Primary Home as an Investment
401k, IRA and Retirement
Retirement should always be on our minds when we make financial decisions. How is this change going to affect me long term? Chances are good that since you are here, you already know a bit about discipline and investor behaviors. Here are some articles on more detailed notes on various situations and retirement vehicles.
- A Down the Trenches Look at 401k vs Traditional IRA
- What to Do With My 401k After I Quit
- Where to Roll Over My 401k
Stock Broker Reviews and Other Investing Options
And finally, where should you actually put your money to work once you know what to invest in? Most people talk about the types of investments but not many people will talk about the companies (brokerage firms) that help you buy and sell equities. Here are a few reviews of popular stock brokers where you not only can read what I think, but what many others think of the company too.
- Tradeking Review
- Scottrade Review
- OptionsHouse Review
- OptionsXpress Review
- Lending Club Peer to Peer Review
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