My Best Financial Move Of 2013

Year 2013 was a record year for the stock market. The S&P 500 returned 32.39% last year, including dividends. 2013 was an unusual year for my 401K. Even though I did not switch jobs, my 401K switched! With the new 401K came new funds and I did what any rational person would do. I decided […]

January 18, 2014 21
Laziness is my vice!

Laziness is my vice and I put it to good use!

If I were to meet my 20-something year old self, I would probably punch him in the face! Among other questionable activities, for not signing up for a 401k, for not opening a stock trading account in a ROTH and for not indexing. These are regrets I will carry for a long, long time. To […]

December 30, 2013 35

Unconventional Income From Uncommon Stocks – REITs

This is part III of the series, Unconventional Income From Uncommon Stocks. The series is meant to be an absolute beginner’s introduction to uncommon stocks. The focus of this post is on REITs. Imagine owning and renting out property without the hassles of maintaining it! You don’t have to worry about finding renters, collecting rent, […]

December 17, 2013 23
Optimal Asset Allocation

Optimize Your Asset Allocation

There are three fundamental rules when it comes to investing: -Diversify -Pay attention to costs -Minimize your taxes Diversification helps ride out volatility, paying $7 commission on a $100 trade makes no sense and finally, paying Uncle Sam more than the absolute minimum means less money in your pocket! This post is about minimizing what […]

November 21, 2013 14

Life is full of choices. But these money decisions are easy!

If it is about deciding what cereal box I should buy, what I decide has little consequence. But indecision when it comes to money matters can prove… well, expensive! Thankfully, some decisions aren’t that hard! I’d like to invest in the stock market, but don’t know which stock to buy! Is Coca Cola better than […]

May 5, 2013 13
How to invest when you have very little to invest

How To Invest When You Have Very Little To Invest

I see similar questions being asked in investing forums all the time. Heck, at one point in my life, I pondered over this too! If you can afford to set aside just $100 every month towards investing, the most common advice given is not to invest at all, but save up till you have a […]

November 18, 2012 25
Lump sum or Dollar cost averaging?

Lump Sum Investing or Dollar Cost Averaging?

If you happen to have a windfall – inheritance, winning the lottery or a large tax refund, is it better to invest it all at once or spread it out over a period of time? This is one of those questions that does not have a straight answer, and depending on who you ask, you […]

October 8, 2012 25
This fund beat the S&P 500 9 times since '99

The Fund That Beat The Market 9 Times Since 1999

Managed a 10% return last year? Not good enough – the S&P returned 12%! Beating the market is all the rage these days (and has always been at Wall Street). Take the ad for any actively managed mutual fund, the benchmark is not whether the fund made money for you, but whether they beat the […]

September 29, 2012 18
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