Retirement Savings: How I’m Doing It

A number of people have asked me how I’m saving for retirement now that I’m self-employed, and several more asked yesterday when I mentioned that

Is Jim Cramer a Positive or a Negative Influence?

Yesterday morning, I wrote a fairly controversial article where I described individual stock investing as akin to gambling for the average investor. The impetus for

Is Investing in Individual Stocks Merely Gambling?

I have a lot of fun following individual stocks in my spare time. I keep tabs on a small handful of companies that I have

The Little Books Series: Which Ones Are Worthwhile Reads?

Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to review all five entries in the Little Book investment series. For those unaware, the Little

Review: The Little Book That Builds Wealth

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The Little Book That Builds Wealth is the fifth book in the Little Books series

A Peek At My Investment Portfolio

In the past, while planning out exactly how I was planning on investing, I discussed a number of different options that I was considering. In


Stock Market Is Down… Another Way To Think About It

On December 31, 2007, the S&P 500 closed at 1,468.36. Just two months later, on February 29, 2008, the S&P 500 closed at 1,330.63. That’s


Investing Isn’t Just About Money

When I first sat down to write the Investing in Yourself series, I was mostly thinking about financial investments – how can you invest money

The Vanguard Catch-22

As I’ve mentioned many times before, all of my taxable investing, as well as my Roth IRA, is done directly through Vanguard. I use Vanguard

The Chorus of Voices for Index Funds

Having read a small mountain of personal finance and investing books in the last couple of years, I’ve come to realize that there’s some significant

Review: One Up On Wall Street

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Peter Lynch is a Wall Street legend. He drove Fidelity’s Magellan mutual fund to some

Pay Ahead on Your Mortgage or Investing?

Recently, I mentioned that I encouraged people to invest instead of paying ahead on their mortgage. It left me thinking quite a bit about debt

Review: Unconventional Success

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Of all the places I could possibly find out about a book, I was introduced

Six Steps for a Beginning Stock Investor

Once a person has their debt under control, the next thing that they want to do with their money is figure out ways to maximize

Review: Finding the Next Starbucks

A while back, I read Louis Navellier’s The Little Book That Makes You Rich, which was intended to serve as a simple introduction to growth

Review: Learn to Earn

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve wanted to review one of Peter Lynch’s books for a long time. I’ve leafed

Review: Stay Mad for Life

A lot of people like to make fun of Jim Cramer’s antics, but I actually quite like the guy. His stock picks are generally useless

Review: Common Sense on Mutual Funds

Each Friday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Over the last couple of years, I’ve become quite familiar with John Bogle’s investing philosophy

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