Category Archives: Investments

Using Morningstar’s FREE Instant X-Ray Tool to Evaluate your Portfolio

Using Morningstar’s FREE Instant X-Ray Tool to Evaluate your Portfolio

Despite having my Series 6 and 63, I am not an investment expert, by any means, nor do I pretend to be.  Luckily, there are free tools out there for people like me to allow me (and maybe you lol) to analyze your portfolio and investments. I personally use Morningstar X-Ray Tool What is Morningstar?… Continue Reading

Sweet Prosper is Back!

Being that I am in debt elimination mode I haven’t talked about my investments that much.  But on February 15, 2007, I was intrigued by the idea of Prosper and have since built a very very small portfolio. As the P2P Lending market grew so did the competition and Prosper and LendingClub both went into… Continue Reading

Financial Loss Syndrome Doesn’t Just Affect the Wealthy

Financial Loss Syndrome Doesn’t Just Affect the Wealthy

I was reading the June Edition of Trusts and Estates Magazine, my favorite magazine, and found a very interesting article which is aimed at advisors and attorneys for very wealthy individuals; however it applicable to everyone during these turmoil times.  Trusts and Estates Magazine is an industry standard for those in estate planning – each… Continue Reading

How to Easily Evaluate your Asset Allocation with Morningstar Instant X-Ray Tool

How to Easily Evaluate your Asset Allocation with Morningstar Instant X-Ray Tool

Despite my licenses, I am not an not an investment expert, and I don’t begin to pretend to be one.  That being said everyone should know their asset allocation, and have an elementary understanding of asset allocation.  I repeat, everyone should have an idea as to what they are invested in, whether they have an… Continue Reading

Sometimes Saving Hurts! Declining Interest Rates Shouldn’t Lead to Rate Chasing

Sometimes Saving Hurts! Declining Interest Rates Shouldn’t Lead to Rate Chasing

I always thought one of the smartest things the Wife and I did when we got our wedding presents (read: cash) was to separate those gifts which we had to pay back (read: have the donor’s upcoming wedding), I even wrote a post it titled, “The Simplest Personal Finance Advice for Newlyweds.” In addtion to… Continue Reading

The More You Know About Investing, The Less You Know About Investing

The More You Know About Investing, The Less You Know About Investing

A professional baseball player knows more about baseball strategy than does a little leaguer.  A nutritionist is more likely to be able to figure out why you have been feeling run-down lately than is your next-door neighbor.   The buyer in a woman’s fashion store is better informed about what colors are trendy today than you… Continue Reading