Portugal’s Crisis – What you need to know

Portugal's stock market plunged 6.4% today, after protesters in Lisbon called to outster Prime Minister Pedro Coelho. Many in Portugal are upset about prolonged financial crisis and austerity programs that have caused unemployment to reach almost 18% in recent months. Portugal agreed to its austerity programs after receiving bailouts nearly two years ago from the [...]

By |July 3rd, 2013|Financial Education|0 Comments

What is a DRiP and how can it strengthen my portfolio?

Source: compendiumblog.com Dividend Reinvestment Plans, also known as DRiPs, are considered by many investors to be one of the single most powerful tools for building a successful long-term portfolio. The concept of a DRiP is simple: instead of quarterly dividends being paid out to shareholders in the form of cash, the proceeds from [...]

By |July 3rd, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|0 Comments

Student Loan Rates Doubled – What you need to know

Congress failed to reach a deal on student loans, and as a result, interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans have risen from 3.4% to 6.8%. Statistics from Edvisors.com show that about 40% of students graduate with an average of $9,000 in Stafford loan debt -- and that recent graduates have accumulated over $27,000 in [...]

By |July 3rd, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|3 Comments

Choosing Stocks: Fundamental vs. Technical Analysis

When it comes to choosing stocks for a portfolio, there are two primary methods employed by investors: fundamental and technical analysis. Fundamental and technical analyses are vastly different techniques, but they strive to accomplish the same goal -- identifying stocks that are either under or over-valued. Let’s take a look at the main components of [...]

By |July 1st, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|0 Comments

Seven 2013 Graduate Stats That Will Make You Sad

The graduating class of 2013 has some stats that will make you sad: 50% working jobs that don't require a degree 53% underemployed, which means working part-time or overqualified 45% move back in with their parents 66% of hiring managers say graduates are not ready for the workforce 7.6% - how much the average wage [...]

By |June 30th, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|0 Comments

Dogs of the Dow Are Less Attractive As Interest Rates Rise

Dogs of the Dow is an investment strategy that includes picking the 10 highest dividend paying stocks from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), also referred to as the Dow. What is the Dow? The Dow is a stock market index created back in 1896 by Charles Dow, co-founder of Dow Jones & Company and editor [...]

By |June 30th, 2013|Financial Education|0 Comments

How to Start Investing – Opening a Brokerage Account

If you're a recent college graduate thinking about investing some of your income in the stock market, it can be hard to know where to start. How do you know what to buy and how to buy it? Where can you find the best tools for learning about investments? How to Start Investing: Open a [...]

By |June 27th, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|2 Comments

Warren Buffet’s Recommended Investment Vehicle: Index Funds

In Warren Buffet's 1996 annual letter to shareholders, he proclaimed: Most investors, both institutional and individual, will find that the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. Those following this path are sure to beat the net results (after fees and expenses) delivered by the great majority of investment professionals. So, [...]

By |June 23rd, 2013|Featured, Financial Education, Investing|3 Comments

Passive vs. Active Investing

What is Passive Investing? Passive investors buy assets (stocks, bonds, etc.) with a long-term approach while contributing a minimum amount of maintenance to their portfolio. Passive investors don't try to receive short-term profits from price fluctuations and believe that the buy-and-hold strategy will be profitable. What is Active Investing? Active investors buy assets with the [...]

By |June 23rd, 2013|Featured, Financial Education|3 Comments