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

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

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