6 Ways Dividends Are Important.

Dividends are an important part of investing – especially if you are an income or value investor. Investing for income is all about dividend yield, but dividends have many other virtues – even if generating income from your investments isn’t of paramount concern.

Dividends are a large part of a stock’s overall return. In fact, dividends [...]

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 [...]

The Danger of Short-Term Performance.

Every investor ought to have the phrase “past performance is no guarantee of future results” tattooed backwards on their forehead – backwards so they see every morning when they look in the mirror. But sadly, that doesn’t happen. And perhaps because of this fact, it’s one of the most ignored pieces of investment advice around.

I [...]

Finally, an Income For Life Model That’s Real!

The investment media is awash in various income for life scams that guarantee you can invest in their system and never lose another penny. Obviously, such claims fall into the “to good to be true” basket of the investment scam smell test.

But back in November 2, 2009, Kiplinger’s offered a real-life investment model for lifelong [...]

How Much Do Mutual Funds Really Cost?

Q. How much does it cost to own a mutual fund?

A. More than you think.

Most investors know about a fund’s expense ratio, and use that attribute for comparing various funds before buying. But there are a host of hidden costs that are much more difficult to uncover for many mutual funds.

That’s what this article from [...]

8 Ways to Rock Your Roth Conversion.

When the calendar passed from December to January, we bid a not so fond adieu to 2009 as well as the rollover income limitation associated with transitioning a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This is a good thing if  converting to a Roth IRA makes sense for you.

The Roth IRA is one of the [...]

Mutual Fund Monday – Blogosphere Feb 2010 Edition.

It’s Mutual Fund Monday again, and I thought that I’d do something a little different this week. Rather than focus on a single fund or concept about funds, I’m focusing on a topic and sharing some of the interesting posts I’ve found on other blogs recently about that topic. The topic: ETFs.

ETFs, or exchange [...]

Mutual Fund Monday – Tips For Mutual Fund Investment.

With thousands of mutual funds to choose from, picking the “right one” can be a daunting task. Most investors know not to fall for a short term hot streak – one or two years isn’t a long enough track record to show superior skill of the management team over sheer luck – but where should [...]

The 6 Biggest Investing Mistakes Warren Buffett Avoids – and You Should Too!

According to Burton G. Malkiel, a Princeton economics professor, and Charles D. Ellis, author of ‘Winning the Loser’s Game,’ the only difference between them and Warren Buffet is that Warren Buffet hasn’t made these mistakes.

Of course, it’s more than that but since you and I (or Malkiel and Ellis for that matter) don’t have any [...]