Investment Asset Allocation 101

May 31, 2011

Asset allocation is an important concept to understand in investing. However, like so many things related to money, determining your own asset allocation is a personal exercise, and one that doesn’t mean the same thing for every person. Figuring out your own asset allocation means considering your investing goals, and your risk tolerance, in an […]

IRA Investment Allocations

May 28, 2011

After comparing a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA and looking at investment risks I thought it would be interesting to talk about a study that looks at investment allocations inside individual retirement accounts. The Employee Benefit Research Institute has been studying the investment choices of over 11 million IRA investors and recently released some interesting […]

IRA vs Roth IRA

May 26, 2011

Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, which should you open? This is a common question that comes up with many people looking to open an individual retirement account (IRA). I’ll try to make this as concise as possible, and let you decide for yourself which IRA is best for you. Traditional IRA Definition: A traditional […]

Roth 401k vs Traditional 401k

May 25, 2011

Traditional 401ks have been one of the main options for retirement investing for many working Americans over the last thirty years.  When the Roth 401k was introduced a few years ago the new type of retirement plan left many long time 401k investors debating the benefits of the Roth 401k vs the Traditional 401k. The popularity of […]

Investment Risks & Your Money

May 23, 2011

Every investment has some risk, the question for investors is how much risk are you willing to take on in the pursuit of higher investment returns? As I mentioned in my how to invest post, when you buy stock in a company you have both the potential of profit and the risk of losing money.  […]

College Graduate Roundup

May 22, 2011

Graduation parties can be a bittersweet event for college graduates.  You’re relieved that all your hard work has paid off and you finally have your degree. It’s definitely a good reason to have a big party but as you celebrate with your classmates you realize that life as you know it is ending.  While the new […]

How to Invest Without Wetting Your Pants

May 19, 2011

Deciding where to invest your money can be an unnerving experience in today’s world of corporate scandals, failing banks, and rivers of debt.  When I asked you and other readers for your biggest concerns about investing, I found a wide range of topics.  While some of them had to do specifically with the rocky economic environment, many of your concerns would […]

Popmoney – Person to Person Payments

May 18, 2011

Paying your friends and family money you owe them may have gotten easier recently.  My experience with it started when I emailed my friend John last week to ask him if he had a PayPal account so I could pay him the $20 I owed him.  He didn’t have an account with PayPal so said to […]

Angies List Contractor Checklist

May 15, 2011

Finding the right contractor for the job takes some work but it’s effort that will pay off with quality work and a fair price.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, my approach is to find the top 3 or so contractors or companies on Angies List a get a price estimate from all three. Finding […]

Do It Yourself Lessons Roundup

May 10, 2011

How did you spend your Mother’s Day weekend?  Our’s was consumed by putting together our kid’s new playset.  We spent all day Saturday and Sunday putting it up and then I had to take a day off work on Monday to get it finished. We had considered hiring someone to assemble the playset for us […]

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