S&P 500 10 Year Chart

Long-term chart of the S&P 500 index. Monthly closing prices going back 10 years. Although this index is trading at an all-time high, when you adjust for inflation the market still has a lot of ground to make up.

Volatility Weekly Chart

Chart of the volatility of the stock market, as measured by the VIX index. VIX is often called the “fear guage” for stock market investors, because it tends to spike higher when there is bad news about the economy, or geopolitical events, or anything of significance that may cause stock markets to fall.

SP500 Weekly Chart

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

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 […]

Buffett’s 5 Tips For Investing

Sage Advice From The Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger are known as the pioneers of common stock investing. The two gave five tips during the recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend. 1. Do not envy The […]

How Should A 20-something Invest His/Her Money?

Sage investment advice for millennials, gen-y’ers, 20-somethings Millennials have the potential to beat the pants off of their parents when it comes to investing. I say this because there has never been a more open and transparent flow of information […]