Category Archives: Investing

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

What Does My Retirement Plan Look Like?

What Does My Retirement Plan Look Like?

I figured it was time to share what my retirement plan looks like. Since I am still in my 20s, much of this is still a plan. Some of it is happening right now, and some of it is in the works. While I typically hold some information back for privacy reasons, this is one of those posts where my readers will get full disclosure. How’s that for entertaining?Continue Reading

Timing the Market – Should You Ever Do it?

Timing the Market – Should You Ever Do it?

Timing the market is a controversial idea in the world of finance, particularly in the world of financial planning. On one hand it offers the opportunity for higher returns than the market, on the other it brings about the risk of lagging the market should you fail. At the most basic level, everyone times the market. Finance is all about how money moves through time. If you invest today, you think that there is a good chance that the market will be worth more at some time in the future, a time when you need the money for retirement, college expenses, or major purchases like a home.Continue Reading

Best Way to Track Your Net Worth

Best Way to Track Your Net Worth

I USED to think that tracking your net worth was for rich people. It was just something that older people did, or even people who were older and closer to retirement. I thought it was just one of those things that people with a large net worth used to brag. My opinion changed when I started to understand what a net worth measures that other things do not. I started to track my net worth, but my process has improved over the years. Find out how to track your net worth efficiently.Continue Reading

Young Adult Retirement Planning – Benefits of Saving a Lot Early

Young Adult Retirement Planning – Benefits of Saving a Lot Early

Retirement planning isn’t just for old people – or even middle aged people. People in their 20s and more generally, young adults, can start saving for retirement too. In fact, young adults can make a larger impact on their retirement income than anyone else can – and that’s because they have one major advantage that older people don’t have: time. By having more time for your investments to increase and earn more interest, young adults can either make or break their retirement plans based on whether they save or don’t save.Continue Reading