Category Archives: Investing

How to Make Retirement Work for You

How to Make Retirement Work for You

Now is the time to start thinking about retirement — especially if you want to figure out how to make retirement work for you. Today, we talk a lot about doing things on our own terms. As I reflect on what I want now, as well as what I want out of life later, I

3 Investing Excuses Holding You Back

3 Investing Excuses Holding You Back

Are you making investing excuses? You might be surprised at how your finances can improve once you stop looking for reasons not to invest. “I’d like to invest, but …” Does this sound like you? Whenever I talk to people I know about investing, I start hearing excuses. There is a host of reasons that

Do You Aspire to Invest Like the Ultra Rich? Consider Hedge Funds

Do You Aspire to Invest Like the Ultra Rich? Consider Hedge Funds

If you want to invest like the ultra rich, you need to start thinking outside the box. Investment crowdfunding in hedge funds can be one way to do that. For most of us, investing is boring. It’s mostly boring for me, since I am relatively young and in the accumulation phase of my retirement nest

Retirement Serenity

Retirement Serenity

For many Americans, retirement is a stressful topic. Surveys repeatedly show a large percentage of US households are nowhere close to accumulating enough assets to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Instead, they live with a series of nagging thoughts about the tenuous nature of their long-term financial future, wondering… “Will I be able to work long

Will Slow and Steady Win the Investing Race?

Will Slow and Steady Win the Investing Race?

Are you too focused on “winning” the investing race? Maybe slow and steady wins the race for YOU. I’m participating in Grow Your Dough again this year, and I’m excited to see how well my portfolio does. I’m experimenting with assets — in an asset allocation — that I wouldn’t normally use. And, so far,

Grow Your Dough 2.0: Tweaking the Permanent Portfolio

Grow Your Dough 2.0: Tweaking the Permanent Portfolio

I’m doing Grow Your Dough again! This year, I’m tweaking the permanent portfolio, while still focusing on dividends. Last year, I participated in the Grow Your Dough Challenge with a number of other bloggers. We used $1,000 of our own money to make investments, and see who came out ahead. I didn’t win (but I

What All Kids (and adults too) Should Know About Saving and Investing

What All Kids (and adults too) Should Know About Saving and Investing

Looking to getting your finances in order this year (just like every year, amiright)? This book about saving and investing is a great resource for the whole family. As someone who is interested in (boring) investing, and who has a son that now has a custodial investment account, I’m always look for more information that

Is 2015 the Year You Start Investing?

Is 2015 the Year You Start Investing?

Everybody invests. Whether you’re buying a bike, a candy bar, or a house, you are using resources judiciously. You’re exchanging one owned good for another, one that you believe will serve you better than the liquid finances at your disposal. So everybody is comfortable with investment, at least on the small scale. It’s when you

Grow Your Dough: How I Screwed Up My Investing Portfolio

Grow Your Dough: How I Screwed Up My Investing Portfolio

My desperate attempts to save my investing portfolio for Grow Your Dough resulted in the opposite effect.  This year, I participated with a number of other personal finance bloggers in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown. It was a lot of fun, and my interest in a totally boring portfolio was realized. During October and November,

Making Passive Income with Rental Properties

Making Passive Income with Rental Properties

Note: Since I am not interested in real estate investment (other than through REITs), I think it’s great for my readers to gain a little insight from those who do go that route. This is an interesting look at passive income through rental properties. Let me know what you think in the comments! Seven years