I finally gave M1 Finance a try…so far, I am impressed. I have been looking for a way to easily invest extra cash sitting in my savings account but didn’t want to do it with my current brokers because there is no way to invest a small amount of money easily and cost-efficiently. As it … Read moreMy M1 Finance Dividend Income Portfolio
Real estate can make an great addition to almost any portfolio. However, few of us have the large amount of capital needed to buy a property, and it can be difficult to get approval for a mortgage. Fortunately, there are alternative investments that allow you to become a real estate investor without having to overcome … Read moreReal Estate Investing with REITs, Pros and Cons
When building an investment portfolio, most people focus on an asset allocation that includes two main types of assets: stocks and bonds. While we hear about stocks all the time (thanks to a financial media fixated on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500), we don’t really hear much about bonds. However, bonds … Read moreInvesting in Bonds for Beginners
One of the ways to generate passive income is through dividend investing. But where do you start? Stock picking is a term that many of us are wary of; however, there are ways to choose solid stocks for your income portfolio. One way to find the best dividend stocks is to start with the Dividend … Read moreDividend Investing with the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats
Have you ever considered investing in options but got confused just from looking at the ticker symbol? At first glance, they can seem a little confusing. A bunch of letters followed by a bunch of numbers just thrown together is enough to scare most investors away. Did you know that option ticker symbols actually serve … Read moreHow to Read Option Ticker Symbols
If you are new to investing and asset allocation, you might see some recommendations to invest in International Stocks, but every person you asks seem to give you a different answer about what percentage of your portfolio should be in international stocks, and why. Personally, I have been in the 30% range for a long … Read moreHow Much of Your Portfolio Should Be in International Stocks?
Low interest rates might be good for the economy and consequently for the Stock Market; however, it is no laughing matter to the millions of seniors that depend on fixed-income investments for their retirement income. With Treasury yields in the mid-2% range and lower (see Bloomberg.com), investors are finding that the low interest rates make … Read moreBest Investments for Low Interest Rate Environment
What are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)? They are investment funds that hold underlying assets like a mutual fund, but are traded on the stock exchange like individual stocks. To better understand ETFs, here are some of the characteristics grouped into their similarity with mutual funds and individual stocks. ETF Characteristics ETFs are Similar to Mutual Funds … Read moreWhat are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)?
When considering your options to invest either for retirement or just with the extra money you have, your bank should be one of the last places you consider. Banks are places you keep money in savings, certificates of deposit, and checking accounts; NOT places you want to invest funds for the future. If you never … Read moreWhy Investing Through Your Bank is a Bad Idea
As you work on your journey to become a millionaire, one thing you should realize is that the first million is the hardest million to make. It will take a lot of time and effort to get to your $1 million mark, but once you’re there, things will get easier! It takes longer to earn … Read moreThe First Million is the Hardest