12.25.06

How To Read A Mutual Fund Prospectus

Once you begin investing, you’ll find yourself receiving a wide array of financial documents. One of the most useful – and the most intimidating for

Rule #1: Overview

During this final week in 2006, The Simple Dollar is reviewing one of the top investment book of the year (based on Amazon.com sales). What

Should I Pay Off Student Loans or Invest?

Recently, I received an email from Nate, a reader of The Simple Dollar. He was wondering whether it makes more sense to invest or to

12.20.06

Extra Mortgage Payment vs. Investments

As my wife and I begin the process of finding and buying a home, we repeatedly find ourselves investigating various aspects of home ownership. Right

When Should I Begin Investing?

Lots of people who begin putting their financial house in proper order quickly begin to wonder when they should start investing in high-return items with

12.13.06

Live Like You Were Dying

So many of us have imagined what we would do with our lives if we had just one year to live. Most of these fantasies

12.08.06

An Idea That Will Teach Kids About Money & Investing

I recently was chatting with a fellow “new” parent about ways that we could teach our kids about money. She related to me an interesting

Five Solid Companies To Invest In

I subscribe to the general philosophy that you should invest in what you know. Although I currently don’t own individual stocks, I have begun following

12.04.06

Is Living Cheap Really Worth It? Ask Alan and Bob

I was enjoying a rather brazen post at Personal Finance Advice on the topic of the utter simplicity of the basics of personal finance (it’s

12.03.06

The Bogleheads Have Won: Dipping My Toes Into A Mutual Fund With Vanguard

As I’ve mentioned before, I am rather timid when it comes to investment risk. I am very very wary about letting others have control of

11.24.06

#10: The Nest Egg

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday

11.23.06

Facing My Financial Fears: Investment Risk

This week, The Simple Dollar is doing a five part series on financial topics that scare me just a bit. Researching and then writing about

11.23.06

#9: Mutual Fund Fees

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday

11.22.06

#8: Portfolio Diversity

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday

11.21.06

Investment Management: The Automatic Thousandaire

Recently, I mentioned that I strongly value an emergency fund and that I had reached my short-term goal of a two month emergency fund, currently

11.21.06

#7: Stock Portfolio

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday

11.20.06

#6: Long-Term Investments

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday

11.09.06

Investing A Young Child’s Allowance

When I was young, my best friend’s family used to give him and his siblings an allowance based on their age (I didn’t have an