Will You Sell in May and Go Away?

If you look at the calendar, then you know it’s May. Mind blowing, right? 😉 With May we know that summer is upcoming, as are summer vacations for many families. Another thing that comes with May is the hoopla around the myth of ‘Sell in May and Go Away.’ You see, the financial talking heads […]

3 Steps to Setting Up an Effective Investment Plan

When you go on vacation, do you plan out how you’re going to get to your destination or do you go where your whims take you? Sure, there is some fun in taking a random road trip, but I’m talking about a trip you’ve been saving and planning for months or years. Assuming you like […]

Index Funds

Investing in the stock market can be a very intimidating proposition. There are over 9000 individual stocks to choose from on the major exchanges, then you have the pink sheets, exchange traded funds, sector funds, preferred stocks, foreign investments, ADRs, options – has your head stopped spinning yet? Fortunately for the average investor, Wall Street […]

Considering Investing In Real Estate? Arizona Is Your Ticket to Success

Initially, Arizona seemed immune to the housing slump that began plaguing the United States at the end of 2007. But Arizona resident’s rising confidence in their local economy stemming from their state’s apparent economic immunity was quickly snuffed out; as Arizona soon became one of the hardest hit states in the nation. As a result, […]

How to Start Your Investing Year Off Right

Whether it be sheer human nature or lack of knowledge, many investors put off investing decisions until the last moment of the year. This is multiplied when the problem is compounded by ignoring their portfolios for another 12 months. I saw this every year in a previous life and it always pained me to see […]

3 Things Not to Overlook as You Start Investing in the Stock Market

As I wrote last month, I worked in the online brokerage space for a number of years and got to see firsthand how investors handled their portfolios on a daily basis. Some made me cringe and others I thoroughly enjoyed learning from. It was the latter that allowed me to help further shape my investing […]

How to Get Started if you Want to Invest in the Stock Market

I had the pleasure (or mis-pleasure possibly) of working in the retail brokerage industry for a little over four years and every day I spoke with dozens of individuals who had no idea where to start when it came to investing in the stock market. Whether it was lack of time or knowledge, they simply […]

Investing 101 | Put Compound Interest to Work

Whether we understand compound interest or not, we will ALL hit those golden years and have a desire to quit the work force. The separating factor between those who continue to work and those who retire is that some planned for it and others did not. Those who planned probably heard about that mathematical magic […]

Choosing The Right Kind Of Broker

The brokerage industry has changed greatly over the last decade. It is now possible to buy and sell practically any security online, yet people still insist on paying hundreds of dollars for a broker to do it for them. I’m not saying that managing your own investment portfolio is for everyone, but for the majority […]

Dividend Aristocrats 2013: 25+ Years Increasing Dividend Payout

Investors love Dividend Stocks. They rely on them for their portfolio because they provide a guaranteed additional income. During the last recession (any recession really) your other available options for income, CD’s and Bonds, tanked. They were no longer the less risky investment option because their payout dropped. They dropped so low that investors are […]