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Is There Anywhere to Invest Today? Find Bargains in an Overvalued Market

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Is There Anywhere to Invest Today? Find Bargains in an Overvalued Market

Where to Invest in an Overvalued Market? The market crashed almost ten years ago and has been rising ever since. This is awesome if you’ve participated in the climb.  But, there’s a problem, with assets climbing for 10 years, it’s tough to find decent and well valued investments. Enjoy a few of my recent articles on InvestorPlace and U.S. News and World Report about finding gems in an overvalued market as well as tips about how to value the markets.  Get investment ideas in my recent article from InvestorPlace. 5 Places to Invest in a Frothy Market These 5 investment ideas will round out your portfolio until bargains re-emerge Seeking investments that are fairly valued today is like looking for a needle in a haystack. After a 10-year bull market, there are slim pickings in this frothy market. It reminds me of 1998, when I was looking for value...

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Is Holding a Garage Sale Worth It?

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Is Holding a Garage Sale Worth It?

Is a Garage Sale a Good Way to Make Money? If you’ve ever wondered whether holding a garage sale is worth it or not, you must read this article. I wrote this article several years ago, and readers loved it! So, I’ve updated it for your money-making pleasure. Initially, I  was afraid to hold a garage sale, as I worried it was too much work. Yet, before a move from Ohio to Pennsylvania I decided to find out for myself the answer to the question, “Is Holding a Garage Sale Worth It?” Have you ever participated in a garage sale? Are you thinking about holding a garage sale? You’ve collected a lot of stuff, your closets are bulging, and who doesn’t want extra cash? Although a garage sale appears to be the perfect way to get rid of old stuff and earn extra cash, holding a garage sale may...

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5 Biggest Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

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5 Biggest Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

5 Retirement Mistakes to Avoid for a Glorious Future By, Douglas Keller Often, people imagine their golden years to be among the most relaxing and enjoyable of their lives, with exciting getaways abroad and peaceful sunsets out on the porch. And while these are wonderful dreams to have, far too often people make retirement mistakes that cost them the freedom that they spent a lifetime working towards. One positive thing that comes from these blunders is that it gives those preparing for retirement the opportunity to learn from others. All too often, the same mistakes are made, but that changes now. Below are five of the biggest mistakes that individuals make during retirement. Learn from them so that you can make the years following your career everything you imagine. Your Savings Account Stinks – Here are 5 Places to Keep Your Money Instead 1. Retirement Mistake – Increase Spending...

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Investing for Women – The Best Personal Investment Strategy

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Investing for Women – The Best Personal Investment Strategy

Invest Like a Woman and Become a Millionaire by Investing With my experience as a multi-decade investor, former professional portfolio manager and university investments instructor, I will reveal easy to implement strategies to build wealth for women (and men too). Research by Prudential found that women worry more about risk than men. I get it, despite investing for decades, I’m scared of risk too. Women report that they lack confidence in finances too. Even though in multiple studies, women are more successful investors than men. Women, investing is so simple, once you learn the basics, you’ll wonder why you haven’t started earlier, or invested more. So, put aside your fear, learn a few investing basics, and get started building your financial future. Women, investing is as easy as pie. Traditional wisdom recommends looking at your total investable assets like a pie. Put the largest piece of pie – up...

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Cheap 4th of July Fun-7 Great Ideas

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Cheap 4th of July Fun-7 Great Ideas

7 Ways to Enjoy the Fourth of July + Maybe Build Wealth By contributing columnist,  Alexandra Deluise The Fourth of July is one of the highlights of summer for me. The holiday almost always includes a cookout, fireworks, and time spent with family around a campfire with marshmallows. This year, July 4th is on a Wednesday. You might even take off Thursday and Friday for time to recharge, relax and have some fun. This means five full days of potential festivities and cheap 4th of July fun! However, getting crazy on this patriotic holiday can cost a lot if you are not careful. Save some money with these frugal tips for a fun-filled holiday weekend. 7 Cheap 4th of July Fun Ideas 1. Keep the 4th of July in Perspective One of the most dangerous things about holidays are our own expectations. Remember what you are grateful for, and keep...

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Is a 401k the Same as an IRA? 401k vs. IRA

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Is a 401k the Same as an IRA? 401k vs. IRA

401k vs. IRA vs. Roth IRA By, Alexandra DeLuise Retirement options can be overwhelming. How can you choose between a 401k vs. IRA? What is a 401k anyway? What’s the difference between a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA? Putting aside money for retirement is a good strategy, but it’s important to use the right type of retirement savings account for your personal financial needs in order to make the most of your pre-retirement years. That’s why it’s a good idea to become familiar with the benefits of a 401k vs. IRA retirement account benefits. What Is A 401k? A 401k is a retirement plan that is offered through an employer (although those who are self-employed can offer themselves a 401k through their business). This means that the types of investment options are dictated by the employers as well. So, 401k investment choices might be more limited than those offered...

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Investing Wisdom for Today’s Market + Links

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Investing Wisdom for Today’s Market + Links

US News and World Report and InvestorPlace Investing Highlights + Curated Investing Reads I write for US News and World Report and InvestorPlace (and more) about various investing topics. These articles are cutting edge with actionable investment ideas for today. Although I can’t republish the entire articles on this website (that’s a big taboo) I can give you a taste of the article and you can click through to read more.   Enjoy my latest writings about emerging markets, retirement withdrawals, investing mistakes to avoid and the best robo-advisors for sophisticated investors. Bonus; 6 Retirement Planning Tips for 50 Year Old’s Next, check out a curated list of other top notch investment articles from across the web. To continue reading, just click on the article title. 7 Ways to Invest in Emerging Markets – US News & World Report by Barbara A. Friedberg Some countries are better than others...

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Mutual Funds vs Exchange Traded Funds – Which One’s For You?

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Mutual Funds vs Exchange Traded Funds – Which One’s For You?

The Definitive Guide to Mutual Funds vs. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) By, Soumyadipta Basu Investors, you hear the terms mutual funds and exchange traded funds bandied about, but what do they mean, and what are their similarities and differences? Before comparing the two different kinds of funds lets first understand the fundamentals of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds and then you can figure out which one (or both) are best for you. Exchange Traded Funds vs. Mutual Funds Features Exchange-traded Funds Mutual Funds Trading ETFs are like stocks, they are actively traded and continuously priced throughout the trading day. Investors can place orders throughout the day using a brokerage account. Mutual funds are bought and sold only at the end of the trading day. Minimum Investment The minimum investment is determined by the investment company from which you buy the shares. The mutual fund company determines the minimum investment amount and...

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Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

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Speculative Investments – What Percent Should I Invest?

Are Passive Investments for You? “What is your take on passive investing? If passive investing, what percentage of your portfolio would you allocate for “speculative investments”, like single tech stocks and such?” ~ Jake at I Heart Budgets asks this two part investing question. Passive Investing and Speculative Investments You don’t usually see these two topics discussed together. Passive investing is the cornerstone of John Bogle’s index fund investing platform. Backed by empirical research and millions of practitioners, one topic that’s rarely discussed with passive investing is speculation.  Well, here goes….  Passive Investing-My Take Jake asks about my take on passive investing. Where to begin? I’ve dug deep into the empirical research stock return studies and embraced the passive investing approach. It is almost impossible to beat the market indexes year over year. In fact, the research is abundantly clear. Fund managers who beat the markets for several years in...

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Is Blogging Dead? How to Make Money With a Blog

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Is Blogging Dead? How to Make Money With a Blog

How to Make Money With a Blog – Learn Why the “Blogging is Dead” Camp is Wrong By, Ramona Jar Every few months someone comes and tells the world “Blogging is dead.” and yet many of us still make money with a blog. Blogging has been dead for at least 10 years now, since the early adopters started making money and then claiming it’s a done deal – you can’t create a profitable blog. And yet, every year, new bloggers appear on the ‘map’ and earn a good income. Is blogging really dead? Well, blogging as we knew it a decade ago is clearly gone. I remember that, back in 2006, when I started my first blog (or even 2002, when I created my first website), you had to write some good useful content and that was it. I had active forums in days and reputable blogs in under...

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