Category Archives: Investing

How Investments are Taxed

How Investments are Taxed

Never does a year go by without a more complicated tax code. The complete tax code now stands at more than 76,000 pages and millions of words. Investors have to deal with quite a few different tax rules, laws, and policies. Let’s look at how different investments are taxed from the ground up.Continue Reading

The Reality of Real Estate Investing

The Reality of Real Estate Investing

If you want to learn about rental real estate, you will find success stories about owning rental real estate on any online search or watching late night television. The people will talk about how it’s safer than investing in the stock market and how it is the only way to become wealthy. It shouldn’t surprise you that most are saying this. After all, they are trying to sell you their guide or product that will help you in your real estate journey to financial freedom. I am here to tell you the other side of rental real estate.Continue Reading

5 Simple Tips To Save a House Down Payment

5 Simple Tips To Save a House Down Payment

If you are like many, you dream of owning your own house one day. Having a place to call your own, to decorate and do as you please without getting permission first from your landlord is an awesome thing. There is only one stumbling block that many people face: coming up with the down payment.Continue Reading

Why Paying Off Your Mortgage is So Darn Tempting

Why Paying Off Your Mortgage is So Darn Tempting

My wife and I have owned our home for less than 3 months, and I am already tempted to start paying extra money towards our mortgage. Not only that, but we have paid exactly TWO payments. That’s 2 out of 360 total payments, or 1/180th. About half of a percentile. Yet, we are already tempted to start paying down our mortgage.Continue Reading

Take Control Of Your Retirement This Year

Take Control Of Your Retirement This Year

With a new year, many of us have our sights set on bettering our lives. For some, this includes losing weight and eating healthy while for others, it’s all about getting our finances in order. For those looking to take control of your finances, there are a few simple things you can do in 15 minutes time that will have a dramatic impact on your retirement. Not only will they take little of your valuable time, you also won’t really notice an impact either on your daily life. Can it get any better than that? Here are the 2 tips you can use now to start taking control of your retirement.Continue Reading

2014: A Year in Review

2014: A Year in Review

Wow, 2014 seemed to go fast. I can’t believe it’s already 2015… but I seem like I say that every year. Time seems to go by pretty fast, and that is part of the reason I take a moment to reflect on the year for all of you. 2013, if you recall, was a year of transition, adjustment, and steady financial growth for us. 2014 continued with some of the same trends, and then threw us some curve balls as well: both good and bad surprises.Continue Reading

Retirement Moves to Make in Your 20s

Retirement Moves to Make in Your 20s

A recent trend from my informal surveys is that many young adults are not preparing for retirement, despite the huge advantage that young adults have. There are a number of different reasons for this inaction, including: not earning enough income, too much debt, not understanding the benefits, AND…not knowing HOW to prepare for retirement.Continue Reading

How to Start Saving for Retirement

How to Start Saving for Retirement

One of the most difficult financial challenges that young adults face is how to start saving for retirement. In comparison to saving for retirement, managing your budget, spending less than you earn, and building up an emergency fund seem like a piece of cake. Retirement planning is a great mystery to so many young adults. Unfortunately, this means delaying or putting off actually investing money for your retirement. Just because it isn’t something you are familiar with, doesn’t mean you should put it off. In fact, if you have read my post on why compound interest matters so much, you probably wouldn’t put it off one more day.Continue Reading

Popular Excuses to Delay Investing that Nobody Believes

Popular Excuses to Delay Investing that Nobody Believes

Young adults have the upper hand when it comes to investing because time is on their side, but only when they take advantage of it. Too often, as is the case with some of my close friends, young adults (and people in general) make excuses to delay investing. As it turns out, there are several common excuses that everyone makes, and they fall in three types/categories. There may be a few more excuses that people create, but the popular ones fall into one of the following three categories.Continue Reading

Is it Worth TRYING to Beat the Index?

Is it Worth TRYING to Beat the Index?

Few things are as alluring as beating Wall Street. Whether you’re a slow-going Buffett fan or a fanatic of in-and-out trading and influence George Soros-style, the idea of beating the market averages over the long term is what any investor wants to do. Beating the index marginally…say, by 1% a year for 20 years, makes a huge difference in total returns. However, beating the index reliably and over the long term isn’t as easy as shaving an extra 1% from the market each year. Every investor wants to do it, but should you try to do it? And if you want to beat the index, what are the more reasonable ways to do it?Continue Reading