Personal Finance

More portfolio pitfalls to avoid

February 11, 2014 |

In a prior post, I covered three common portfolio errors that might derail you from achieving your financial goals. The first was arguably the most common: innocently neglecting your portfolio to later find that your holdings are no longer …

retirement

Retirement: Don’t reinvent the wheel

On March 31, I was in New York City as a member of a panel speaking with a group of financial advisors on the issue of retirement income. Being back in the city brought back a lot of great memories, …

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economy

What’s changed, and what hasn’t?

I’ve had a hard time deciding which way the economic and investment winds are blowing, so I decided to make a list of the things I think have changed and those that haven’t.…

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investing

Junk news

Driving through the Pennsylvania countryside at 7:30 one morning, here’s the news I hear on the radio (read breathlessly): “And in the morning business news, Dow futures are down 300. S&P futures down 40. Nasdaq futures down 80.”

I’m amused …

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personal finance

The experts (you!) weigh in on saving strategies

In an earlier post, I asked readers to share techniques that have helped them to save. After all, spending less than you earn is the essential first step in investing. Vanguard shareholders tend to be people who’ve long made …

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investing

On the virtue of keeping it simple

The impact of unnecessarily complicating our lives became clear to me this weekend.

With 260,000 miles on our two cars, we decided this was the time to get that new car we’ve been talking about. We did the research, bought …

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investing

Lessons from the “lost decade”

Here’s a table that codifies the pain of investing over the past decade. It compares the results of investing in several asset classes under two scenarios: A $10,000 lump-sum investment at the beginning of the decade, and a regular $1,000-a-year …

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investing

The deal of a lifetime?

At the risk of giving away my age, I'll tell you that buying stocks right now could be the deal of my lifetime.   Read More...
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investing

All in, or bit by bit?

Dollar-cost averaging forces the discipline to continue to invest in good times and in bad.   Read More...
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investing

Thank you, Jon Stewart!

At long last, someone called Jim Cramer out. It wasn't the mainstream press. In fact, it was one of the leading faces of the "fake" press, Jon Stewart.   Read More...
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