Gold isn't a great investment, don't be fooled!

4 Reasons Investing In Gold Makes Sense (And Why It Really Doesn’t)

I have a burning question for you: If investing in gold is so great, why is it marketed like ShamWow? If you haven't seen the ShamWow commercials,...
The stock market returns have been positive over long periods of time.

Election or not, the stock market rewards good behavior

Outside of professional athletes kneeling during our national anthem, the upcoming elections are dominating our media attention. More and more I'm fielding questions like...
You might as well smash your piggy bank if you don't pay attention to the IRA 60 day rollover rules.

What you need to know about the 60 day IRA rollover rules

Most investors have at least one IRA, or individual retirement account. If you’re not familiar with IRA’s, check out our quick guide to IRA and...
Asset location can add returns to your investment portfolio by saving taxes!

5 steps to maximize asset location for .23% extra in returns

Fall is approaching, and the "boys of summer" are winding down their seasons. I'm a Minnesota Twins fan, so the season's end is more...
ETF and ETN differences are substantial

The difference between ETF’s and ETN’s

Many investors have jumped with both feet into the ETF market. Their fees are generally lower than many mutual funds, and most of them...
Emotional investment mistakes can destroy an otherwise well constructed financial plan.

7 emotional ways you’re destroying your investments

This week I asked a guest blogger to cover the topic of investing and emotions. Emotional investment mistakes can cost you far more than...

Do DFA mutual funds really beat the market?

Barron's did a cover story on Dimensional fund's Gene Fama and David Booth a couple years back. If you don't know already, DFA mutual funds are quite unique. While they're passive...
Follow the Roth recharacterization rules so your reconversion isn't disallowed

3 things you need to know about Roth recharacterization rules

No doubt by now you’ve heard of the Roth IRA and it’s amazing tax-free benefits. Roth IRA’s truly are one of the best retirement...
The 401k has an annual additions limit. You may be able to put after-tax contributions then roll them to Roth IRA later!

Super charge your Roth using an after-tax 401k Roth conversion

Most retirement savers haven't heard of an "after tax 401k Roth conversion". It's a pretty unique thing after all, and it doesn't apply to...
An IRA Roth IRA infographic

The ultimate IRA & Roth IRA quick guide

IRA's were created over 40 years ago back in 1974 under ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). With over 30 million households and  7.4 trillion...

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