What Lost Decade?

Much has been made of the so-called “lost decade” of investing during the period of 2000-2010. But what does the “lost decade” mean? Is it true and does it even matter?

The idea behind the lost decade is that investors either made no money or lost money over that period a 10-year period. After all, the [...]

401(K) Roundup, April 2010.

It’s been way too long since I’ve caught up on my blog reading, and as I was doing so I discovered a couple of really good posts about 401(k) plans and retirement that I thought I’d share.

The first post is from Kyle at Amateur Asset Allocator titled, 401k Rollover Options:

A rollover of 401k [...]

Beware The Hidden Risk Of Prepaid 529 Plans.

Many people are familiar with the standard 529 plans as a means for saving for college tuition. They are much like a 401(k) plan in that the account holder can contribute money today and have it grow tax free – provided it is used for qualifying educational expenses. But there’s a less well known cousin [...]

An Unlikely Undervalued Energy Stock (VIDEO).

Exxon may fit the bill. He thinks ExxonMobile looks like a good deal despite the fact that it seems to have missed out on the recent rally.

Watch the video to see Paul explain it in his own words.

It’s an interesting idea when you consider:

Energy is only going to go up as the world economy [...]

8 US Stocks With International Exposure.

Investment pros recommend that US based investors should have anywhere from 20-45% of their stock holdings in foreign companies. It’s not the geographic location of the company that’s important to the asset allocation, but the diversification of economies.

This is because foreign economies usually do not move in parallel with the US economy, but that has [...]

Why Is The Stock Market Going Up?

Unemployment is still around 10%, foreclosures are rising and inflation, taxes and interest rates have nowhere to go but up. So why is the S&P 500 up almost 75% and the Nasdaq nearly 90% from a year ago?

I’ve wondered this for quite a while, and it seems to be the topic du jour on wall [...]

ING’s Sharebuilder Eliminates Large Order Surcharge.

Effective April 15th, ING has removed their “Large Order Surcharge” on trades through Sharebuilder.

I just got the email last week and my first thought was, “What the hell is the large order surcharge and how does this affect me?”

Well, it doesn’t affect me, but it may affect you, so here goes…

The large order surcharge was [...]

Beware These 10 Investment Scams.

There are the two times when investment scams are most prominent: the best of times and the worst of times. At the heart of an investment scam is one person taking advantage of another, so it’s not surprising that scammers focus on the desperate and the greedy – both have a strong emotional motivation for [...]

Time To Check Your Stop-Loss Trigger Points!

As this article from MarketWatch points out, optimism about the U.S. economy is on the rise.

That’s a good thing, right?

Not if you’re a contrarian investor. If look to be greedy when others are fearful and pull back when others are greedy, you may want to take note of this optimism. The stock market has been [...]

Does A Roth Conversion Make Sense?

2010 has been heralded as “the year of the Roth” in numerous investment publications. It’s easy to see why – the tax laws that govern income limits on Roth investments were modified so that the limitations were removed at the start of 2010.

Prior to that change, Roth IRA accounts were off limits to [...]