How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? When I was first learning about exchange-traded funds (ETFs), I make a mistake that cost me a good chunk of my total nest egg. I wanted to move away from individual stocks, and I knew that ETFs were a good way to … Continue reading Make Sure You Know What You’re Investing In
Money Sitting In The Bank? Consider Treasuries
Do you have a sizable amount of cash sitting in the bank earning almost nothing in interest? This could include your emergency fund, which may in some cases be as large as 12 months' worth of expenses, though most of the time only 3 months' worth needs to be immediately available. This could also include … Continue reading Money Sitting In The Bank? Consider Treasuries
Beware Of Financial Analyst Location Bias
You may be aware of home bias when it comes to investing, which is the tendency to oversaturate a portfolio with investments from your home country at the expense of international exposure. However, have you ever considered the biases of financial analysts, whose job it is to make stock recommendations (from buy to sell) and … Continue reading Beware Of Financial Analyst Location Bias
Stocks: Answers To Common Questions
What is a stock? A stock is a financial instrument, or monetary contract, denoting partial ownership of a corporation. A unit of stock is called a share. A company issues shares when it divides ownership among investors or employees. Both public and private companies may issue shares, but they are traded and valued differently. The … Continue reading Stocks: Answers To Common Questions
How Does War Affect The U.S. Stock Market?
With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, my heart goes out to all the Ukrainians and their relatives and friends around the world. War is a terrible thing, and the needless suffering of innocent people is heartbreaking. That said, during tumultuous times, people often wonder how their personal finances may be affected. This may seem … Continue reading How Does War Affect The U.S. Stock Market?
Don’t Take Out Personal Loans To Invest
A recent survey by MagnifyMoney found that a significant portion of investors, particularly younger investors, have taken on debt to invest. Out of about 1000 investors surveyed, 40% took on debt to invest. Here's how that broke down by age group: Generation Percent who took on debt to invest Z80%Millennials60%X28% Baby boomers 9% Of those … Continue reading Don’t Take Out Personal Loans To Invest
Is Investing Riskier Than Saving?
We've all heard that investing in the stock market is risky and have encountered stories about people losing it all when investing poorly. People say that in order to keep your money safe, you should store it in the bank. That way you know it'll be there when you need it. But is this really … Continue reading Is Investing Riskier Than Saving?
The Simple Way To Become A Millionaire
Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but no one wants to work for it. Here's the good news: you don't have to! There's a simple way to become a millionaire with almost no extra work. It only takes three steps. Step 1: Save No matter what income you make, save a portion of it every … Continue reading The Simple Way To Become A Millionaire
Why You Should Be Careful About Reference Points When Investing
One of the biggest weak points for an investor is the emotional component to watching your money rise and fall. Most investors underperform the market, and a big reason for that is emotional investing. People tend to buy into the market when it rises for fear of missing out on gains, and then they sell … Continue reading Why You Should Be Careful About Reference Points When Investing
How To Save For Retirement If Your Employer Doesn’t Offer A 401(k)
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have an employer-sponsored retirement plan like a 401(k), and even fewer people have 401(k) matching. An employer-sponsored plan is great because it allows you to save for retirement without having to think about it too much. For the rest of us, saving for retirement requires a more active … Continue reading How To Save For Retirement If Your Employer Doesn’t Offer A 401(k)