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Investing made simple. Where should you invest? Information on stocks, mutual funds, index funds, retirement accounts and more. Also be sure to check out our complete guide to investing.

The Quick Guide to Education Accounts: 3.2 Tax-Free Ways to Invest for College

The Quick Guide to Education Accounts: 3.2 Tax-Free Ways to Invest for College

Should you save for your children’s education?

A better question is “should you invest for your children’s education?”

There is a simple cut and dry answer here…it depends…it’s really up to you.

Did I say cut and dry? Forgive me.

You are not obligated to pay for their college. It’s not your responsibility as a parent.

However, it is nice to be able to help them out. Here are the best ways to do it…

What a Millionaire Farmer Taught Me About Money

What a Millionaire Farmer Taught Me About Money

I have a friend who owns a farm in Missouri.

Actually, he owns a whole bunch of farms. Thousands of acres.

We will call him Gary. Because that’s his name.

Gary has taught me so much about money.

Some intentional, but some of most valuable lessons were things that he wasn’t actually trying to teach me.

Here is what I have learned from Gary and how we can all apply it…

4 Common Mistakes That Investors Make

4 Common Mistakes That Investors Make

Investing is not a science: it is not possible to put your portfolio on autopilot and just watch your money grow, Grow, GROW.

There is no one fixed, guaranteed path that leads to investment success.

However, there are certain paths that will lead to guaranteed failure.

Before you know what to do, you must first know what NOT to do.

I’m going to go over 4 common mistakes the investors make…

20 Foundational Financial Principles You Can Live By

20 Foundational Financial Principles You Can Live By

MoneyMiniBlog 2.0 is here!

Every Monday, I’ll post an article to help you with your finances.

Every Thursday, I’ll post an article to help you be more productive.

Check out the new “Learn More About” link at the top of the page. Hover over it to learn more about getting started, budgeting, paying off debt, investing, saving money and credit cards.

Also, be sure to check out my new about page, while you’re here.

Let me know what you think of the new design and layout.

I’ve been putting together a list of the principles that this blog is founded on. Without further ado…

These are the 20 financial principles I’ve compiled over the last year…

How to Build a Rock Solid Retirement Portfolio

How to Build a Rock Solid Retirement Portfolio

A little diversity here, a little security there.

There are several components to a well rounded retirement portfolio.

You shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, but you don’t need a whole bunch of baskets.

It’s all about balance.

There are all kinds of ways to create a great portfolio, but you have to start with a solid foundation.

An IRA is a great foundation for retirement, whether it’s in addition to your company retirement account or on it’s own. Let’s look at 3 parts to a great IRA…

How to Determine the Size of a Company You Invest In

How to Determine the Size of a Company You Invest In

What makes a company a large cap or a small cap?

What the heck is a “blue chip” stock?

It’s important to know the difference if you’re interested in the Stock Market.

There are ways to organize all sizes of companies into different titles, though it’s not an exact science.

These titles are given for a reason. So that you can easily determine the size of different companies.

So let’s get into what the different sizes are and what it all means…

How to Tell If You’re a Stock Trader or an Investor (With Checklist)

How to Tell If You’re a Stock Trader or an Investor (With Checklist)

“Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.” -George Soros

“I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.” -Warren Buffett

Most of you know that I am a huge Buffett fan, and I consider myself an investor like him. (Well, maybe not like him, but an investor nevertheless.)

George Soros is more of a trader.

One is not right and the other wrong. Buffett and Soros both have billions of dollars to prove that.

But it is important to know which one you are…

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