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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

3 Ways to Deal With a Declining US Dollar

In the cover article of the April 2011 issue of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter, Austin Pryor shared stats that indicated that the US Dollar has fallen 14% (when compared to some of the major currencies) since the end of April 2009. You’d think that as a missionary who is paid in US funds I would have already known that, but I guess the PNG Kina hasn’t been hit as hard or I’ve been ignorant … [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...]

Nine Traits of an Intelligent Investor

When it comes to building wealth through investments, I can think of few people who are better than Warren Buffet. After all, I don't think you become the third wealthiest person in the world by accident. You need to know what you're doing - and Warren knows how to invest. Have you ever wondered where he learned his craft? If so, one of the people who had the greatest influence on his life was … [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...]

Stock Ownership – Your Rights And Benefits As A Shareholder

Historically, stocks have provided a good return over the long-term. But maybe you're hesitant to invest. Maybe you're not sure what you're entitled to as an owner of stock. In this post, you'll learn about three of the main benefits of stock ownership. Dividends When a company makes more money than it spends, it has positive net income. With positive net income, they can do one of two … [Read more...]