If you think investing in mutual funds is hard to do, you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception that mutual funds are tough to understand. Or to start investing in one you need a whole bunch of money. The reality is that mutual funds are one of the easiest ways to start investing. This […]
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Understanding Robo-Advisors and Automated Investing Video
Robo-advisors and automated investing platforms are becoming one of the most popular ways to start investing. It’s estimated that there are currently over 100 robo-advisor and automated investing platforms operating in the United States. If you’re new to investing and finding all the terminology a bit confusing you’re not alone. You may find yourself […]
How to Open a Brokerage Account Online, In 4 Simple Steps
I opened my first online brokerage account over 10 years ago. It was through my local bank. They were offering 100 free trades a year if I linked my checking account with their brokerage services. I had always wanted to open a brokerage account online, so I took advantage of the opportunity. I hadn’t […]
How to Track Stocks and Mutual Funds using Yahoo Finance (Video)
If you’re looking for a simple way to track your investments, Yahoo Finance provides an easy way to set up your own investment portfolio. In this short video, I will show you how to track stocks and mutual funds using Yahoo Finance. Why Create an Investment Portfolio? In general, there […]
What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)? – REIT Investing
There are a number of ways to invest and make money in real estate. For example, you could: Buy a home and rent it out as a vacation property. For instance, as a way of generating passive income. Purchase a house or apartment complex and rent it out for residential living. Acquire a foreclosure […]
What is a Certificate of Deposit (CD)? How Do CD’s Work?
Certificates of Deposit or CD’s are offered by most financial institutions (banks, credit unions…) as a product to provide you with interest rates that are generally higher than a traditional savings account. Unlike a savings account where you can move money in and out of the account, CD’s will require you to commit to […]
What is an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)?
What is an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)? ETF is an acronym for Exchange-Traded Fund and is another type of investment vehicle or security. ETFs were created in the early ’90s as a means of providing investors with the ability to purchase a set of “pooled” investment resources – like stocks and bonds. In […]
What is DRIP? Dividend Reinvestment Plan
If you’re interested in trading stocks and earning dividends. Then it’s important you understand what DRIP means in relationship to stocks. DRIP is an acronym for Dividend Reinvestment Plan. DRIP is a plan offered by some corporations that allow shareholders of their stock to reinvest the dividends earned into purchasing […]
What is a Target Date Fund and How Do They Work?
.. A target date fund is a mutual fund that has been created with the specific goal of providing an investment portfolio. The portfolio is based on how long you have until retirement. Target date funds typically contain an assortment of stocks and fixed income securities, like bonds. These types of funds use a […]
Who is Morningstar and Why Should I Care?
Who is Morningstar? Morningstar is a highly respected independent research firm based out of Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded in 1984. Morningstar provides a host of investment products and services available for both novice and experienced investors. Their Morningstar rating scale is a popular method for evaluating mutual funds. […]
Do You Know What a Dividend Is? – Investing in Stocks
Do you know what a dividend is? A dividend is a distribution of a company’s profits to shareholders of their stock. Dividend payments are a means of rewarding investors for their ownership in the company. If you own shares of ABC Company stock and ABC Company makes a profit the […]
What is a Bond? From an Investment Perspective You’re the Lender
If you loan your cousin Gertrude $10 on January 1st and told her she would have to pay you back $11 on December 31st you might call this loan an IOU. That’s what a bond is, an IOU. Bonds are sold by corporations, municipalities and the U.S. government as a means of […]
What is an IRA? Traditional and Roth IRAs
If you are starting to think about retirement you may be asking yourself, what is an IRA? Individual Retirement Accounts or IRAs are another form of retirement vehicle established under the IRS tax codes. There are a number of different IRAs but the two most common are the Traditional IRA and Roth IRA. Unlike […]
What is a Money Market Account? How do Money Market Accounts Work?
What is a Money Market Account? Money Market accounts (MMA) should be viewed as a hybrid between checking and savings accounts. Most banks and credit unions will provide a number of different account options. The key points surrounding MMAs are. Requires a larger minimum balance to open and keep open […]
8 Simple Investing Terms You Need to Know
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