Investing Fairy Tales are Expensive

Investing Fairy Tales are Expensive

When it comes to the way you invest your hard-earned cash, you have a big choice to make. You can: A.) earn the most money possible via a solid investing strategy, or B.) enjoy and consistently rehash a neat little fairy tale about a mighty investing wizard doing magical and fanciful things with your money. Unfortunately,…
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Is Loaning Money to Friends or Family a Good Investment?

Is Loaning Money to Friends or Family a Good Investment?

Has a friend or family member asked you to borrow money? Maybe they need cash to start a business, want to a buy a new home, or have fallen on hard times. Whatever the reason, the question of whether you should loan money to family and friends still remains. Thoughts On Giving a Personal Loan…
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Why the Stock Market Plunged

Why the Stock Market Plunged

A colleague on Twitter said it best: Everyone wants a fancy sounding reason for why the stock market goes down, but sometimes it’s as simple as ” because it went up a lot”. — Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) February 6, 2018 In case you missed it, the Dow dropped 4.6% yesterday, or 1175 points. It was…
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Bid-Ask Spread: Free Trades Aren’t Free

Bid-Ask Spread: Free Trades Aren’t Free

What is the bid-ask spread? Why should you pay attention to it? And, how exactly can you avoid paying this pesky fee? Those are the three questions we are going to answer in today’s blog post.  Robinhood, a newer investing platform with its own snazzy app, aims to revolutionize the investing industry by making free trades…
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The Right Way to Use Homeowners Insurance

The Right Way to Use Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is more than just another bill the mortgage company makes us pay every year! It’s the price we pay for peace of mind if our property is damaged in a fire or destroyed in certain natural disasters. Unfortunately, homeowners insurance isn’t cheap. And if you don’t take steps to mitigate the costs of…
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Should I Sell Stocks Now?

Should I Sell Stocks Now?

The stock market has only gone up, up, up the last few years. Should you sell stocks now? Maybe, but you should ask yourself an important question first. “Why?” Do want to sell stocks to rebalance your portfolio or as part of your financial plan? If so, then it’s possible offloading some stock is a…
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Do I Need to Own International Stocks?

Do I Need to Own International Stocks?

Do you need to own international stocks? Maybe. After all, investing in the stock market can be a frightening enterprise. Going abroad with your investments can make it even scarier. After all, who is ever comfortable with losing money – especially if you lose money with a company overseas who has a name you can’t…
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Should I Invest in Bitcoin?

Should I Invest in Bitcoin?

I first wrote about Bitcoin in January of 2017. Given everything that’s happened with cryptocurrency in the last few months, we are due for an update. For some perspective, let’s take a look at the original opening paragraph of this blog post from January of 2017 If you’ve been watching Bitcoin prices lately, you already…
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