The Advantages of Being a Boring Investor

When many of us think about investing, we think about a fast-paced trading floor. We’ve seen movies like Wall Street that make investing seem like it has to be a high-rolling, fast-paced game. And, while this can be true in some cases, there is no reason that investing has to be complex. Or exciting. In fact, … Read moreThe Advantages of Being a Boring Investor

Fun Fund: Saving Money for Entertainment and Travel

You know you need an emergency fund. Personal finance bloggers like me are always writing about how important it is to be prepared for a rainy day. But what about a “sunny” day? Shouldn’t you be ready for that as well? If you want to be prepared for entertainment and travel, you can build a … Read moreFun Fund: Saving Money for Entertainment and Travel

Long Term Investing Tips and Strategies for Beginners

Concerns about the volatility of the stock market, and the prospect of losses during downturn, have convinced many that stock investing is not for them. However, “safer” investments like cash and bonds may not provide the needed returns for your portfolio to overcome inflation. This is where it can help to understand the basic principles … Read moreLong Term Investing Tips and Strategies for Beginners

Building Income by Investing in Dividends Stocks

Often, when we think about making money through investing, we think about picking the right stock, and then watching as it goes big, resulting in fantastic capital appreciation. Or, perhaps we think about choosing a solid index fund to provide solid returns over time, building up a nest egg for which the 4% withdrawal rule … Read moreBuilding Income by Investing in Dividends Stocks

CD Laddering: The “Frugal” Way to Build an Emergency Fund

The importance of a fully funded emergency fund can’t be overstated. A rainy day fund acts as a safety net when unexpected expenses arise, and it gives you freedom from living paycheck to paycheck. The problem with most emergency funds, however, is that they are stuck in low interest bearing bank accounts. While there are … Read moreCD Laddering: The “Frugal” Way to Build an Emergency Fund

Start a Christmas Savings Accounts with SmartyPig

Christmas is coming quickly, and if your financial habits are like my past financial habits, you’re starting to wonder how you’re going to pay for Christmas. It’s not a fun feeling, and it’s one I understand. I’m happy to say I’ve changed my ways. And the good news is that you can too. It’s not … Read moreStart a Christmas Savings Accounts with SmartyPig

You Tell Me: Overdraft Opt-In Rule

Yesterday the Federal Reserve enacted a rule, which would make it mandatory that banks allow customers opt-in to overdraft protection, rather than automatically enroll customers, as is the current practice. In other words, consumers would have a choice as to whether they get overdraft protection, rather than the banks choosing to enroll them without permission. … Read moreYou Tell Me: Overdraft Opt-In Rule