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...]

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...]

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Index Funds, Mutual Funds, and ETFs

If you were to jump into a Canadian lake in January, I bet you’d feel some sort of shock to your system. If you’ve never done much investing, you’ll feel a similar shock when you start to sort through all the investing options. In fact, beginning investors often use phrases like -  overwhelmed, so many choices, and I don’t know what to do. Don’t expect me to tell you what to do, but I do … [Read more...]

Mutual Fund Investing Vs. Index Fund Investing

If you asked me for advice to start investing, I’d first have to tell you that I legally cannot give specific investing and accounting advice.  Then I’d tell you that both index funds and mutual funds are better ways to invest than single stocks.  Then you might ask me which is better: mutual funds or index funds*?  Here’s what I’d say … *For clarification in this post, I’ll be discussing … [Read more...]

Stock Speculating Strategies You Should Avoid

Just because you have money in the stock market, that doesn't make you an investor as defined by Benjamin Graham. Graham made an important distinction between an investor and a speculator. In a prior post, we looked at the traits of an actual investor. Basically, an investor looks for safety of principal and an adequate return. A speculator in everybody else. Although speculating isn't … [Read more...]

What it Really Means When You Buy Stock

When considering investing in stocks, there is a lot that we must learn. First we must determine whether we have the time/knowledge to choose our own investments or if we should take a more passive route (hiring a broker, passive index investing, choosing age-related mutual funds, etc). Then we must figure out our investing temperament and risk tolerance,  decide on an length of time to stay … [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...]

How to Find an Online Discount Stock Broker

Several years ago I fired my financial advisor. I started subscribing to the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter (SMI) to us as an investing resource.  SMI provides some guidance, and I take care of your own investments.  I immediately started to look for the best online stock broker.  After you learn how to start investing and what you want to invest in, your next most important question is how do I … [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...]