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

Debit Versus Credit Card?

Debit Versus Credit Card?

I know that many people are against using a credit card. They see that it is too easy to overspend and get into credit card debt. I also see those in favor of using credit cards for rewards. Personally, I use a credit card solely because of the rewards I earn. I take the cash back and use it to invest in the stock market. There is one other reason to use a credit card over a debit card: security.Continue Reading

When You’re REALLY Ready to Buy Your First Home

When You’re REALLY Ready to Buy Your First Home

My wife and I have been talking about buying our first home for years now; heck, I’ve been writing about it for years. I know it’s not always the best decision when it comes to running the numbers, but for us, it is. While we have been aggressively saving our down payment for our first home, a few recent events have led me to think about when it’s appropriate to buy your first home. Here’s what I’ve decided.Continue Reading

Simple Tips to Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Simple Tips to Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

I hate paying taxes. It’s not so much that I don’t want to help fund public works projects, but I don’t feel the government is the best at figuring out how best to spend my tax money. After all, these are the same people that built a bridge to nowhere. Because of this, I try to keep as much of my money as I possibly can, legally of course. Here are a handful of ways to help you pay the least amount in taxes.Continue Reading

5 Potential Building Issues You Need to Avoid

5 Potential Building Issues You Need to Avoid

Are you about to build a new home, and believe you’ve covered everything during your research? Think again! It’s more than likely that with the vast number of items on your list to consider, there are some potential issues you’ve forgotten to investigate.Continue Reading

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

If you being responsible and saving for your child’s education years before he/she attends college, I bet you have taken a look at the average tuition increase in order to try and estimate the amount you need to save so that your child doesn’t have sell a body part in order to pay for school. As a person who has paid 3 different schools for tuition (and recently), I know how difficult it can be to pay for the high tuition costs. While tuition costs are certainly high, it doesn’t mean that the estimates of high annual tuition increase predictions are accurate. For those trying to estimate how much college will cost in the future, you need to read this!Continue Reading