Category Archives: Investments

3 Income Investments for Retirement

In Ecclesiastes, the Bible tells us that “to every thing there is a season.” The season of retirement is famously a time for preservation of capital and maximization of income, not for aggressive risk-taking. Some options, like savings accounts and Certificates of Deposit, emphasize preservation of capital to the exclusion of almost all else, tradingContinue Reading

Is My State Financially Literate?

Is My State Financially Literate?

FINRA, The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the President’s Council on Financial  Literacy came together to survey American across the country to determine those States with the most and least amount of financial literacy.  Specifically, The Financial Capability Study, …highlights how many Americans are disadvantaged by their lack of financial capability, and offers aContinue Reading

What Does it Mean When an ETF Jumps the Track

What Does it Mean When an ETF Jumps the Track

I was reading Investment Advisor Magazine the other day when I saw an article titled, “Despite Growth, More ETFs ‘Jump the Track’” and I thought to myself how could an ETF jump the track? Is that like jumping the shark?  Well, as it turns out the term, jump the track, has very little to doContinue Reading

Using Your 401(k) to Start a Business

I recently read a fantastic article highlighting how to start a business using your 401(k) titled, “Rolling Over, Starting Up” in Financial Advisor Magazine.   The Author, Alan Lavine, goes through the technique known as Roll-Over as a Business Start up (ROBS). How Do You Use Your 401(K) To Start a Business? Borrowing from a 401(k)Continue Reading

Updating My Dividend Portfolio For 2011

Updating My Dividend Portfolio For 2011

One of my favorite monetary accomplishments this year is creating a dividend portfolio.  When I created that portfolio my first step was to use the dividend aristocrat index, which is a basket of stocks “within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years.”  IContinue Reading

Choosing Which State’s 529 Plan to Use

Choosing Which State’s 529 Plan to Use

There are tons of articles discussing which State’s 529 Plan to use, however, most seem to focus on expense ratios and fund choices.  While those variables are obviously important I believe there is another issue that is often ignored.  By living in a certain State and participating in that certain State’s 529 Plan you may receive anContinue Reading