If you watch Suze Orman’s TV programs you will hear her comment that people can be their own financial planner. Before I answer this question, I think I need to clarify what type of financial planner I believe Ms. Orman is referring to. There are several types of financial planners, but for simplicity I will … Read moreIs Suze Orman Right, Can You Be Your Own Financial Planner?
In the first post How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?, I worked with my insurance sales agent on how much life insurance my wife and I need. One of his suggestions is to buy a minimal amount of whole life insurance so that we have a little something to take care of our final … Read moreShould I Buy Whole Life Insurance?
Recently, I wrote about lending money on Prosper, which is one of the many peer-to-peer lending networks that are popping up everywhere. The post itself didn’t say anything about socially responsible investing (also known as, SRI, morally responsible investing or ethical investing). However, a lively discussion on this topic came up when Kevin stated his … Read moreWhat is Your Thought on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)?
“I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO.” I am sure you heard that famous line before. In this post, I will share my story about how I saved $1,145 per year, or 30% off my original insurance bills — and it wasn’t with GEICO. It all started … Read moreI Just Saved a Bunch of Money on My Insurance
In the previous lesson with my wife, I taught her about various investment vehicles available at our disposal. This time we discussed choosing the right tool for the job; that is, choosing the best investment option available for various savings goals. Photo from morgueFile Common Savings Goals First, we reviewed some of the more common … Read moreChoosing the Right Account for Common Savings Goals
My 401((k) asset allocation is too aggressive. I have been reading a few books (e.g., The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham and Wise Investing Made Simple by Larry E. Swedroe), as well as a few investing sites. I am now at a point where I think 100% equity asset allocation for my 401(k) is too … Read moreChanging My 401(k) Asset Allocation
You may have heard the phrase beat the market. In this case, the market usually refers to the S&P 500 index. There are other U.S. indices such as, DJIA, NASDAQ 100, NASDAQ Composite, Russell 2000, Wilshire 5000, and many other domestic and international ones. However, the S&P 500 is by far the most used benchmark … Read moreWhat Does It Means to Beat the Market and How I Did It
I have been investing in the stock market for nearly 10 years and acquired quite a bit of experience and knowledge (mainly through making mistakes). I’ve never codified on to a piece of paper until today. Before I begin, I want to give credit where credit is due. This post was inspired by CommodityWorld.com’s Common … Read more35 Rules of Common Sense Investing