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


Looking at Your Career as an Investment

Last night, I was leafing through the September 22 issue of BusinessWeek (one of the handful of magazines I subscribe to – a great read)

Review: The Little Book That Saves Your Assets

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. I’ve been a pretty big fan of the “Little Books, Big Profits” series published

Using TreasuryDirect for Conservative Investing

Over the last few days, with all the tumult on Wall Street (AIG and Merrill and Lehman, oh my!), several people have written to me


Why Allocations Make A Big Difference

Bill writes in: I keep reading tons of stuff about asset allocation and how you need to diversify your investments. Is it really that big

Why I’m Not Panicking – And You Shouldn’t, Either

Over the last three or four days, I’ve received a bunch of emails from readers asking me why I’m not talking breathlessly about the chaos

Savings and Investing: Why Saving Is More Important

About once a week, I’ll get an email from a reader along the lines of this recent one from Leo: I don’t know how to

What Individual Stocks Would I Invest In for the Long Haul?

In the reader mailbag yesterday, I alluded to the idea that I would only buy individual stocks from companies that I was strongly familiar with


Are the Things You Buy Investments?

After my recent post on looking at your automobile purchase as an investment, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments: should a car even


Portfolio Theory, 7 Investments You Need, & My Own Plans

The most recent issue of Money Magazine had a blaring cover story: “The Only 7 Investments You Need Now.” Those were some tall words, and


10 Investing Tips & Methods You Can Use

The more I dabble in investing, the more I realize that it’s something of an “opposite world” compared to the principles I use in day


My Retirement Portfolio As I Approach 30

Very soon, I will be celebrating my 30th birthday, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my retirement portfolio as

Personal Finance 101: What Exactly Does It Mean to Own a Stock?

Understanding the Basics of Stock Ownership Steve wrote in with a good question recently: What does it actually mean to own a stock? Do you


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

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