Understanding Stock Allocations and Categorization

I recently introduced you to the importance of asset allocation.  In order to help you determine the right asset allocation, I figured I’d spend a few moments introducing the different types or categories of stocks and the general trademarks that represent each type. The best primer book on this topic is The Sound Mind Investing Handbook by Austin Pryor.  My comments on the book exactly mirror … [Read more...]

Asset Allocation is the Biggest Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make

I get questions. I get questions about the Bible and money, questions about debt, and questions about investing. Did you know that the questions you ask don’t necessarily get you to the solution you need?  If you ask the wrong question, you’ll get the wrong piece of advice. We tend to think the most important investing questions are: How much should I be saving for … [Read more...]

Should You Only Own a Single Target Retirement Fund?

I haven’t looked at any stats recently, but last I checked, target funds are growing in popularity. The reason is because they make people feel safer.  They present a simple, little-knowledge-required way to do your investing. Thus, they target folks who know little about investing, but want to be saving for retirement.  Furthermore, they are ideal for people who don’t want to have anything … [Read more...]

Should You Follow Dave Ramsey’s Investing Advice?

You probably wouldn’t know it from reading this blog. I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey.  However, every time I write about him, it is to critique something he says (like his stance on credit scores).  I have, however, shared three things I really like about Dave Ramsey, and I’m sure there are more. Still, I tend to critique him more than I praise him.  The reason is this: because he … [Read more...]

A Low-Cost, Diversified Investment Portfolio with Only Three Funds

You've heard it over and over, "Diversify your investments!" But how exactly do you do that? And how can you do it without getting complicated? This simple guide will show you how to diversify your investments with only three funds. Keeping It Simple & Low-Cost I'll be the first to tell you that this is not an "optimal" portfolio. It's not the best, but it's a lot better than a … [Read more...]

5 Steps To Retirement Planning For Young Adults

“Will I have enough for retirement?” is a very difficult question to answer.  Last week I left on a low note by introducing you to the 7 retirement factors you cannot control.  I guess it was probably a little discouraging.  However, I am not advocating you simply throw up your hands and ignore retirement planning.  I am suggesting that the process should be simplified and your time commitment to … [Read more...]