When I started investing, I eased into it very gently. I didn’t trust the stock market. I was comfortable with saving the money. I wasn’t comfortable putting it in the “stock market.” My formative adult years started in 1998, the year I started college. I was going to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and studying Computer […]
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.
I use Personal Capital on a monthly basis to collect my net worth information. I’ve been at it for over a decade. When I tell people I use a tool to do it, they all ask me the same question – is Personal Capital safe? Security is one of the biggest concerns people have with […]
I love Vanguard. The bulk of my investments are there, minus a few dividend growth stocks I hold in an Ally Invest account. I’m not the only one. Of the top 25 largest mutual funds by assets, fifteen are from Vanguard (source, 4/21/2020, special note). When I say “best Vanguard funds,” that’s not to say […]
James Marshall was born in New Jersey on October 8th, 1810. The eldest of four, Marshall would soon leave New Jersey – heading west like so many young men looking for a better life. He would settle in Missouri, farming on the Missouri River, until he contracted malaria. That would prompt a move even farther […]
The biggest money thieves in the financial industry aren’t what you might think. At first, when you think about robberies, bank robbers with large bags of cash come to mind. To be fair, there have been some major bank robberies over the past few decades. This article by the Thrillest shows the 10 most successful […]
I’m a big fan of dividend investing. I took advantage of cheaper stock prices during the last economic recession and stumbled my way into a sizable dividend portfolio. Now that we’re nearly a decade away from my initial acquisitions and the markets have surged back, I’m sitting on big gains and healthy cash flow. Today, […]
Robinhood is a popular stock trading app that charges absolutely no commissions. You can read our full review of Robinhood to get a better idea of what they do. They recently raised $110 million at a $1.3 billion valuation and are looking to blowing the doors off their promotional efforts. They’ve started rolling out different […]
NOTE: This post was originally published in 2017 and updated at the end of 2019, all pre-dating the pandemic, the stock market fall and rise, etc. The points are still valid but the story around it will feel dated – just a heads up. Ever wonder if the stock market is expensive or cheap? If […]
Betterment is one of the most popular robo-advisors out there and based on highest number of assets under management, one of the largest independent robo-advisors. If you’ve been thinking about opening an account, you should take advantage of their promotions. As a startup, they’re constantly tinkering and changing these promotions. This page will reflect the […]
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 […]