The Complete Beginner's Guide to Investing in Gold

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Shaun Connell Provides a Primer on Ways to Invest in Gold During challenging economic times, investors seek safe investments to protect their assets. Gold investments are a means of portfolio diversification. Experts recommend gold during an economic downturn, because the price of gold increases as the economy declines. An investment in gold is relatively safe […]

The Lost Decade of Investing: Was All Really Lost?

Stocks May Have Had a Rough Decade, But Prudent Investors Still Made Money The 2000s are going into the history books as the lost decade of investing. Why? The simple reason is because if you were to invest one dollar into the S&P 500 on January 1, 2000 you’d only have roughly 90 cents on […]

Reader Question: I've Lost a Lot of Money in the Market. Should I Get Out?

I receive a number of emails each week from readers and I try to answer all of them the best I can, but occasionally I get questions from multiple people that ask the same thing. In those situations I like to address the question as a post which can hopefully help others who probably have […]

Should You Be Investing in Gold?

The Downsides of Investing in Gold May Outweigh the Benefits Early May has shown the price of gold reach record levels, mostly due to continued reports regarding Greece’s financial situation. In capricious times of change economists have always recommended investing in gold due to its reputation for being able to weather the storm and come […]

How and When to Rebalance Your Portfolio

Rebalancing Your Portfolio Forces You to Buy Low and Sell High Most people do a good job creating a portfolio with the right asset allocation strategy, but they often stop there. They set and forget. If you’ve been through any of the recent bear markets you probably know that this can lead to some major […]

Avoid Fund Overlap to Achieve True Diversification in Your Portfolio

Identify and Eliminate Overlap for Real Diversification So, you’ve got a nice portfolio with a handful of index funds that include a good mix of growth, value, and various market caps. You’re diversified quite well, right? Not so fast. If you’re like most investors, even though you have a number of funds that you’re invested […]

Get 20 Free Stock Trades With Zecco – Special Promotion Ends September 13

Zecco is Offering 20 Free Trades You may know that I tend to focus on long-term investing through index funds and ETFs, but I also like to do a little trading on the side. For obvious reasons, any trading is done with non-essential assets and won’t negatively impact my retirement if I make a few […]