Last month, a chance conversation with my dad showed me that a lot of folks really don’t understand basic investment terms. I put together a quick reference, and asked, “What’s missing?” Gary from Super Savings Tips suggested I add a little on Growth and Value funds. That’s a pretty good suggestion. After all, most investors start […]
Today we have a guest post from Troy Bombardia. Troy runs a small hedge fund that’s closed to outside money. He uses a quantitative approach to invest in S&P 500 ETF’s. Find out more on his About page. I was a teenaged investor, and my finances survived the experience. In my first year of investing, I […]
My dad still works in his seventies. He works because he wants to work and because he can. He’s a smart guy with a law degree and a successful 50-year law practice. He doesn’t get investing, though. Neither does my stepmother or my brother. I spent part of the weekend with my family this weekend, and […]
Our motto here at John & Jane Doe is “Getting it Together Financially in the Prime of Life.” As that implies, even in my forties I’m still learning money best practices, and I have screw ups I want to share so that other people can avoid my mistakes.
With that in mind, I have a confession to make:
I have paid way too much in mutual fund fees, all because I took way too long to jump on the index fund train.
Over the weekend, AT&T announced a merger deal with Time Warner for $107.50 a share. This announcement came just a couple of days after my financial advisor called to tell me that British American Tobacco had made a bid to take over RJ Reynolds. There are some big mergers going on, and that means stockholders face […]
Jon and I both love dividend paying stocks, and we like to take our dividends and reinvest them. But we don’t do it the same way. I follow a traditional dividend reinvestment strategy, but Jon has his own quirky dividend reinvestment plan that works for him. They both have advantages and disadvantages, and while neither […]
Every investor has to get started. This is my story of the first time I set up an investment of my very own. I didn’t necessarily act wisely. I wasn’t knowledgeable. In retrospect, I picked mediocre investments for all the wrong reasons. Despite those mistakes, I learned key financial behaviors that you have to learn […]
What are colleges doing to keep rising tuition costs down? I’m curious. I see a lot of discussions on personal finance blogs about paying off student loans, and keeping student loan debt to a minimum by saving, working, and being smart about school expenses. I see a lot of discussion on political blogs about the student […]