The Best Decision vs. The Financially Smart One

The financially smart decision isn't always the right one. When I say this, it usually irritates engineers and economists, who love to believe that we all behave rationally. This just makes me even more gleeful, resulting in an upward spiral of doom. Seriously, I love messing with them. Anyway, my friend told me an interesting story the other day: After ...

All about mutual funds (repost)

This is a repost from a January 2005 article I wrote about mutual funds. Read this, ask questions, and we'll continue on with the financial makeover. Most adults in America invest in some kind of mutual fund. They’re an easy, hands-off way to buy and diversify part of your portfolio. But there are costs to handing off your investment ...

All About Stocks and Bonds (repost)

This is a repost from an April 17, 2004 (almost exactly 2 years ago!) article I wrote about stocks and bonds. Today: stocks and bonds. Tomorrow, mutual funds and index funds. Then we'll continue on with the financial makeover. And yes, I know my writing style has changed since 2004. Stocks When you own a company's stock, you own part ...

Financial makeover is not done yet

Carl writes: Whatever happened to the rest of your 2006 Makeover? I see you stopped after step 3. I know, I know. I'm not done. There's still more to write, including Roth IRAs and other stuff. Let me try to get it up in the next few days. If you have specific things you want to see in Step #4, ...

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You spend even when you don’t

A couple of weeks ago, I went the entire week without spending one cent. I was really proud of myself. But then I realized that even when you don't spend money, you really do. With car payments, rent, food, gas, etc, you probably spent over $60 today--even if you didn't take your wallet out once. Now think how much you ...

2006 Makeover, Step #3: Thinking about Investing

This is step 3 of my 2006 financial makeover (see step 1 & step 2). Today, we're going to start the process of investing. I'm also going to try to give you some ammo to tell your friends who are earning money--but aren't investing any of it. So by the end of the article, you'll know how to get started investing ...