04.17.09

Some Thoughts on Investing For Your Kids

As I mentioned before, I started saving for my children’s college education as early as I possibly could – in mid-2005 for my son and

Riding the Market Up

Ada writes in: Like you, I think the stock market is near the bottom right now and will go up greatly in the next three

02.25.09

Understanding CD Rates

Dennis writes in with the following question about CD rates: My credit union has CDs. The rate for a three-month CD is 1.88% while the

02.15.09

Tips For Low Risk Investments

Jamie writes in: I’m twenty eight years old and am now debt free. I’d like to start investing, but I have almost no tolerance for

Personal Finance 101: How Much Money Is That Investment Really Earning Each Year?

Understanding the Annual Rate of Return and What it Means for You Quite often, when you see an advertisement trumpeting the amazing annual rate of

01.13.09

The Selling of Gold

Over the last several months, I’ve seen a continuous increase in the number of advertisements out there for gold. For me, this reached a fever

Personal Finance 101: On Ponzi Schemes and Other Things

Understanding Ponzi Schemes and Making the Right Investments One of the biggest financial stories of the last month or so was the revelation that Bernie

01.04.09

7 Huge Financial Mistakes I Made During College

Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on how many members of my rather close extended family are either near high school graduation

Hand-Me-Downs: Consumer Protectionism Gone Too Far?

After writing this, I’m pretty sure that this article will stir up some potentially intense comments. I encourage disagreement with my take on this situation

Review: The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Peter Schiff is a huge pessimist about the future of the economy, and because

The Intelligent Investor: A Century of Stock Market History

This is the third in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

Earning Regular Income from Stock Investing via Dividends

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow in his early sixties who has already retired. He had been

The Intelligent Investor: The Investor and Inflation

This is the third in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

The Intelligent Investor: Investment Versus Speculation

This is the second in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor.

10.14.08

Staying Calm in Financially Tough Times

As I write this, the stock market has just completed the single best day in its history. This follows the worst week in its history,

10.07.08

How to Read a Stock Chart in Just Five Seconds

Whenever I tune into CNBC, I’m usually blown away with the raw amount of data thrown at me. For the average person, there’s no way

Review: Millionaire by Thirty

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Over and over again, I get encouraged by readers to review the “hot” personal

10.03.08

Retirement Plans in a Down Stock Market

After writing my piece yesterday on fear and the economic situation, a very eloquent reader named “Maggie” wrote to me: I completely agree with your

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