Most of us know that one of the most important steps to build wealth over the long term is to invest our money, but the idea of investing, for many, is scary. The memories of the last financial crisis may finally be starting to fade, and anyone who remembers that time can tell you of someone they know who had their entire retirement accounts chopped in half. In fact, it was so painful people started calling their 401ks 201ks. Many people had to put off retirement because of the decline, and that’s if they are lucky to still have a job.

While stock market valuations are much higher now, some people are still concerned about what could be coming next. The economy may be doing better, but the headlines are as scary as ever. War, brexit, and the Fed raising interest rates too fast all seem to be just around the corner. In these types of conditions, it’s hard to remain calm when it comes to your money.

Before you panic, though, it’s a good idea to step back. Often, the solution is not to unceremoniously dump your investments, especially stocks. It’s better to have a measured response to the issue. Here are a few things you can do to in order to help you remain calm when you aren’t sure about the market:
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We often think of a six-figure income to be the answer to all our problems. After all, if you make at least $100k a year, you must be doing something right — and have plenty of money.

The reality, though, is that there are plenty of people making six figures and struggling to make ends meet.

While there’s no one reason that this happens, here are three reasons why expenses can get a little out of control with your budget, even if you are considered “rich” in the eyes of others:

1. Your Lifestyle Costs Keep Rising

One of the realities of the situation is that sometimes your lifestyle costs rise as life happens.

Things like kids can start taking a bite out of your monthly budget. If you have a growing family, the costs keep rising.

Other lifestyle costs can get in the way too. If you move into a bigger home, that comes with higher property taxes, utilities, and other expenses. Your more expensive car is also adding to your costs.
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Whether at a family reunion or a business lunch, we all know to avoid topics like politics and religion if we want to stay out of arguments and avoid making people feel uncomfortable. Another taboo topic that can be even more uncomfortable for people to discuss is money – specifically, personal finances.

Americans consider money as one of the hardest topics to talk about with others. In many cases people think personal finance is even harder to talk about than death, politics and religion! Knowing how passionately we tend to feel about the rest of these topics hints at the emotions tied to the money we carry in our wallets and bank accounts.

And talking about money doesn’t get any easier inside our homes either. Although we could discuss the many reasons we have for avoiding money talk with family and close friends, let’s look, instead, at five advantages of talking about it more in both private and public circles.
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I always thought that a $150 cable bill is more like the maximum people pay these days but I overheard a conversation recently how someone is paying $260 currently and that he knows a few people paying $350 on their cable bills. What the?!? Add in a $150 cellphone plan and they could be paying $500 a month for basically Internet access! How can anyone ever retire overpaying like that?

I seriously doubt any reader is paying these obscene amounts, but we can all use a refresher on how to cut some fat off our cable bill. How much are you paying for cable service now? Here are a few ways to reduce your bill.
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I shop clearance racks and thrift stores as part of my frugal lifestyle, but I’ve always been hesitant to utilize online marketplaces like eBay, Craigslist or the scores of smaller websites and apps that have popped up over the last few years. Alongside the good finds, you still hear horror stories of scamming, stalking, and otherwise bad experiences.

Still, there’s something to be said about finding a great deal, especially on high-ticket items like furniture and electronics that tend to be overpriced by retailers. In the effort to find some new-to-me furniture for our new house without paying full price, I’ve decided to take the plunge and start engaging with a few of the newer mobile-friendly sites more actively. Here are some common-sense tips I’ve learned so far.
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We here at recommend low cost index funds for the individual investor. Sometimes we write out a good argument, and sometimes we simply state it as fact. This article illustrates what happened with one of our reader’s investment portfolio so you can judge for yourselves whether low cost index funds is for you.


I am in the west coast and the US stock market is already open when I get to the office. Sometimes I check the performance of my stocks, and other times I do not (actually, I check it all the time). When I did check it this morning, I noticed that the money in my taxable account went down by 12%. I looked into the details and realized what happened. One of my stocks just reported earnings and the stock went down 20%. Since I had a ton of money in this stock, I was hurt bad. Really bad. Panicking, I sold everything along with Apple because I was afraid Apple was going to down too. I’m really pissed off right now because I checked after hours and Apple is up more than 10% since I sold it. I realized I was being dumb and really want to see if you can recommend some low cost index funds for me to own since I am clearly not cut out for stock picking.

MoneyNing Reader

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