Occam’s Razor is the idea that the simpler solution is more likely to be correct than complex solutions. In investing, Occam’s Razor is right. Simple is better. And in this case, simple means a handful of passively managed index funds. Over the long run, index investing has beaten actively managed funds as well as hedge […]
When I was younger, I was taught that the key to financial freedom was saving as much money as you could.
While true, it's not the whole story. Saving can only get you so far - you need to invest prudently too.
When it comes to investing, there are a few names that stick out. For mutual funds, the giants are Vanguard and Fidelity. For robo-advisors, we think of Betterment and Wealthfront. So if you were to pit the best of the pack from each category against one another, a fair representation would be Vanguard vs. Betterment. […]
When it comes to magazines or newsletters about personal finance, I have a soft spot for a newsletter called Bottom Line Personal. When I was a kid, our neighbor Chris would come over and have a chat with my dad about once a week after dinner. Every time he came over, he brought all sorts […]
Investing when you’re in college certainly isn’t easy. You’re not making much money, you’re probably accruing student loan debt, and you’re just too busy to be bothered with investing! But investing while you’re still in college comes with some benefits that are too great to ignore, like: Building solid financial habits, Getting a headstart on […]
Warren Buffett once told Becky Quick on CNBC that he’d buy up a couple hundred thousand single-family homes if it were more practical for him to do so. Real estate is one of those areas where expertise, research, and hard work can yield what investors call “alpha.” It’s what a successful investor is able to […]
We have all heard the phrase “time in the market trumps timing the market.” That phrase simply means that timing the market is a fool’s errand. You cannot win. It’s far more important to be invested in the market and stay invested in the market. You only start touching your investments when you need to […]
Have you ever heard of the term bankers’ hours? If you look it up in Urban Dictionary, it says: Working or being open for the shortest and most inconvenient amount of time (~10am-4pm). Also includes a long lunch break and every possible holiday off. For many years, banks had the worst hours. They weren’t open […]
Robo-advisors have been around for years. Betterment, one of the oldest, was founded over ten years ago in 2008 and has $13.5 billion in assets under management (as of March 2018). It still pales in comparison to Vanguard, founded in 1975 and has $5.1 trillion in assets under management (as of January 2018), but it […]
Are you looking to open a new brokerage account but aren’t sure which one? Many brokerage firms compete for business by offering new account bonuses based on the assets you can transfer to their platform. While the bonus shouldn’t the only consideration, it can be a big one since the dollar amounts are so large […]
For years, Google Finance was one of the best portfolio trackers available. You could put in a list of stocks, including transaction information, and it would give you a snapshot in moments. It even kept a cash balance so that transactions could reflect an actual portfolio. It was one of the go-to platforms for investment […]