You’re 18 years old? Start Investing Now.

The great thing about being young is that you have your entire life ahead of you. However, most people will not begin to think about their future lives until they are 30, 40, or even older. It is not that difficult for anyone to be financially free by retirement. You just need to be committed […]

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 […]

Investing Tips: Capitalize on Profitable Spinoff Stocks

One of the most underrated and profitable segment of the stock market is a spinoff. A spinoff transaction occurs when a publicly-traded company turns one of its subsidiary businesses into a new, completely separate corporation that becomes publically traded with its own distinct shares. Shares in that new outfit are distributed to the shareholders of […]

Protect Your Investments – How To Shield Your Portfolio From Decline

In life, we’re always taking steps to protect our assets and property. Protection is often a necessity for survival as you buy insurance to guard your health and life insurance to protect your family in the event that you pass. In much the same way, we install alarms on our homes, acquire car insurance, home […]

What Drives Investor Behavior?

The American Dream is, “If we can dream it, we can do it”. Too often we take this mindset into stock trading and it fails us. When we read and hear success stories of the rich and famous it always includes their tales of how they never gave up. They followed their heart (emotions) and […]

Is a Target Fund for you? Pros and Cons

Target Funds aka Target Retirement Funds or Target Date Funds are slowly becoming the most popular retirement fund, and soon most 401(k)’s will be full of them. Pensions no longer dominate retirement talk and target funds are the latest hot item to hit the market. If you’re signed up through your employers 401(k) plan then […]

Why Your Investment Returns Could Be Lower Than You Think

Have you ever heard to expect a 10-12% return if you correctly invest in the stock market? I’ve heard that, many times. Sure, others are out there promising massive returns on penny stocks and other immediately gratifying—but highly illusive—investment options. As we move forward it’s key to understand the difference between average returns and annualized […]

Investing for Beginners | Newbie Mistakes to Watch Out For

I made my first stock trade back in the autumn of 2007. I had read a few books on investing for beginners by Warren Buffet and also the book The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing. I knew just enough to be dangerous. And dangerous I was. I made some fantastic trades with 300 to 400% returns, […]

The History of Trading: Who Were the First Stock Traders and What Can We Learn From Them?

If you look through the history of trading, you’ll see stock markets did not begin as the gargantuan behemoths they are today. The beginnings of trading wasn’t in stocks, as “companies” didn’t exist as they do today. In 12th century France there were those, on behalf of banks, in charge of managing and regulating debts […]

High Frequency Trading: Man vs. Machine

High frequency trading has existed for several years, but recently the trading strategy has come under a lot of added scrutiny. Traders utilize computer algorithms and lightning fast data connections to receive data and place trades at intervals quicker than the average trader. When you and I place trades online, a confirmation is generated in […]