Which Of These Investor Personality Types Fits You?

The CFA Institute‘s “Candidate Body of Knowledge” lists the four main personality types as cautious, methodical, spontaneous, and individualist. They are categorized below by their willingness to take risk. (For more about the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge and the CFA […]

Brokers Lure Soldiers Out of Low-Fee Federal Retirement Plan

(Bloomberg) — John Turner suspected that brokers were encouraging federal workers to ditch their top-flight retirement plan. So he went under cover. The former U.S. Labor Department economist called representatives at companies such as Bank of America Corp., Charles Schwab […]

A Basic Lesson About Investing That We All Need To Know

When you start investing, it is almost impossible to possess a strategy that matches your investing personality. But you need to know that only an appropriate strategy makes the most feasible and fruitful investment sense. Here we encounter the first […]

SP500 Weekly Chart

Chart of the S&P 500 index, showing the weekly closing prices, going back one year.

Commodity Price Chart

Chart of the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (ETF). This fund provides exposure to 14 commodities from four sectors: energy, agriculture, industrial metals, and precious metals. Many commodity funds weigh constituents by economic importance, resulting in a heavy energy overweighting, but DBC is well-diversified across commodity sectors, making it a true broad-basket commodity fund.

How To Recognize Bad Investment Advice

One of the many dilemmas investors face is where to find good information. By good I mean accurate, unbiased, relevant, and meaningful. That’s a tall order, but I can say from experience (I’ve been investing professionally for 30 years) that […]

How To Avoid Information Overload

The Paradox Of Choice Over the many years since the creation of the 401(k) plan, employers have taken many steps to try and improve them, to make them more attractive to participants and to encourage higher participation rates. One of those […]

Update To Our Top Picks For 2014

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Is it too late to buy these stocks? While the market is up 6.5% this year, our Top 10 list up 20.1%, beating the market averages by a factor of 3 times.                 […]

Do Day Traders Make Money?

How Hard Is It For Active Traders To Make Money In The Stock Market? A Day Trader is a specific type of individual investor whose investing style is characterized by frequent and rapid buying and selling, and a short average […]

Which Is Better, Active or Passive Investing?

Active investing means designing a custom portfolio, either on your own or with the help of an adviser. Passive investing is buying low cost index funds that mirror the market. The debate over which of these strategies is better has […]