Gold. It’s amazing the power it holds on our society. The California gold rush in the late 1840s and early 1850s has been the stuff of lore (if you have a chance to read about it, it’s fascinating). Even today, you can turn on Discovery Channel and watch a show about guys in Alaska mining […]
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.
Real estate is a very well understood but often poorly executed way of building wealth. It only takes one episode of an HGTV house-flipping show to know that it doesn’t take a genius… but even geniuses can mess it up with bad execution. If you’re a buy and hold investor, you’re less likely to mess […]
On October 30th, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Committee voted in favor of Title III of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups). Title III would let non-accredited investors invest in startups. An accredited investor is someone who has a net worth of at least a million dollars, excluding their primary residence, or income of […]
Earlier this week, I polled over twenty financial experts about how you should invest your first $1,000. One common theme among their answers was that you should consider a low cost investment, usually an index fund of some kind. That recommendation is nearly universal and it’s for a very simple reason — The most important […]
Investing can be daunting. I know I didn’t invest, outside of my retirement accounts at work, because I was worried about taxes. At least that’s what I told myself. The real reason was uncertainty. That’s the toughest part about investing – am I making the right choice? Am I diversified? What does that even mean? […]
Investing is simple. (no that’s not the shocking fact) Make regular contributions into an index fund, ensure that you are diversified, wait, and shift into more conservative investments as you near the age you want to withdraw the funds. (no, that’s not it either) Everyone knows this! They’ve known this for eons! Here’s the problem… […]
A couple years ago, the index card craze swept through financial news. Everyone loves simplicity. The thought that all financial advice for everyone could fit on a single 3″x5″ index card? Can’t get simpler than that. Here’s what the card says: MAX your 401(k) or equivalent employee contribution. Buy inexpensive well-diversified mutual funds such as […]
I remember the first time I read Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. It was witty, it was entertaining, and it wasn’t anything like your standard annual report with glossy pages, full color photos, and mind-numbing marketing-speak. That first time, the page that blew me away was his list of stock investments – […]
The most important thing about investing is starting early. I want to show you something… That Rollover IRA at Vanguard contains every employer-sponsored 401(k) I’ve contributed into. It’s subjected to the same annual contribution limits as any other 401(k) plan, so I have no special advantage outside of just saving a lot. And early. I […]
We all start somewhere. I remember the day I had $1,000 and thought it would be a good idea to invest it in the stock market. I had a 401(k) and a Roth IRA, so I was familiar with the mechanics of the stock market, of mutual funds and index funds, and how everything fit […]