How My Kids Learned About Investing While Getting $300 Per Hour

Matt Bell at Sound Mind Investing recently shared on their blog that ShareBuilder is offering a $50 bonus for opening a new custodial account by the end of the year. To get the bonus, you need to open a custodial account and use the code INVEST4KIDS. You can deposit any amount as long as you make a stock trade.  See full terms and conditions at the bottom of this post.  I bank at Capital One … [Read more...]

How To Hunt for the Brokerage Accounts With the Lowest ETF Fees

I've been doing some research in preparation for some adjustments to my investing.  One of the things I'd like to do is to put some of my money into index fund ETFs. If ETFs are similar (in terms of the holdings), then the biggest factor that will impact your return is the fees you pay for an ETF.  Thus, it's important to search for the lowest ETF fees you can find. For open disclosure, I … [Read more...]

Top 5 Investments Without Any Financial Returns

At times, we limit the word 'investment' to the financial field. Any investment is contributing something with the hopes of getting a greater return.  For the purpose of this post, the return need not be in the same currency that you invested. In fact, sometimes the greatest financial investments are the ones that don't return anything related to money. You can't be a day trader in the … [Read more...]

3 Solid Investing Options for Younger and Less Confident Investors

When I graduated from college, I was blessed to be 'forced' to do some investing research.  That actually is a great blessing for a young investor. I took a job with a church who allocated $2,000 per year to retirement.  I wouldn't directly receive that money, but they would send a monthly check to an investment of my choice. It was a blessing because it forced me to learn how investing … [Read more...]

How to Get Started Investing at Lending Club

A few weeks ago, we explored the question - what to do with a lump sum of cash. After going through the research process, I decided that I wanted to diversify how I invested the money and where I invested the money. I actually ended up putting some money in four of the five possible places I explored in that post. Local credit union - 12% of the total.  Return of 3.01%. Accounts with a … [Read more...]

5 Profitable Low Risk Options for Investing a Lump Sum of Cash

After months of attempting to transfer funds from the sale of our house from PNG to the USA, we finally were able to get the first batch of funds transferred into our US bank account.  Since we're currently very content renters, we've decided to delay buying a house.  We may wait four months, or we may wait four years.  We have no idea, and we love the flexibility renting offers. However, now … [Read more...]

How’s Your Eternal Investment Portfolio Looking?

In about 3 minutes, you could probably come up with 30 ways you could die in the next 30 minutes. What a comforting thought, eh? Actually, it is comforting.  It's comforting to know that this world is not the end of a story.  It is a phase which we pass through. Money can be spent on very temporary things. Things have this annoying habit of rusting, breaking, wearing out, shrinking, … [Read more...]

9 Investing Tips You Must Know Before You Invest a Single Dollar

It hurts when I hear about people losing massive amounts of money in the stock market.  This is especially true when people lose that money by violating some of the basic principles of investing.  If you've been investing for years, you probably won't get much out of this post. But if you're new to investing, please be sure that you take heed. 8 Investing Tips You Should Know Before Investing … [Read more...]

6 Persuasive Reasons Not to Track Your Investments with Financial Software

In preparation for my post on my new favorite budgeting software, I was originally explaining why I no longer want a personal finance software that tracks my investments. The explanation got longer and longer until I finally realized the material need its own post. This post. 6 Reasons Not to Track Your Investments In Your Financial Software There is no value in watching your … [Read more...]

Mastering the Art of True Passive Investing | A Guide for Worry Free Investing

The first few lines of a recent blog post at Sound Mind Investing said: After falling roughly 18% in two weeks (and scaring many investors half to death), the stock market bottomed August 8th at just under 1120. Since then, it has bounced back and forth between 1120 (white line) and 1220 (red line)... For between 3 - 4 years, I've been a subscriber of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter.  It is … [Read more...]