401k and IRA contributions limits for 2019 are going up!

401k and IRA contributions limits for 2019 are going up!

Our good pal, the IRS has issued guidance on contribution limits for 2019. The news is good for those already maxing out their tax-advantaged space or planning to do so next year. According to the IRS news release, 401k, 403b and most 457 plans are changing from an $18,500 max to $19,000 next year. That's [...]

Portfolio Review – July 2018 – International Stock Market Struggles

Portfolio Review – July 2018 – International Stock Market Struggles

[This portfolio review about the international stock market may contain affiliate links at no cost to you] The international stock market hasn't been the best place for investors in the past few years. That trend has continued this year. It was especially clear this month as foreign stocks lagged domestic by quite a bit. That's [...]

Most Vanguard ETF trades will soon be free

The 56 Vanguard ETFs that are currently commission free are getting some new friends in August. Vanguard announced today that they will expand their commission free ETF lineup. This expansion will include ETFs from a variety of competitors. As a result, in August, nearly 1800 ETFs will be commission free on Vanguard. This won't include [...]

Portfolio Review – June 2018 – Buying Bonds and International Stocks

Portfolio Review – June 2018 – Buying Bonds and International Stocks

[This portfolio review about buying bonds may contain affiliate links at no cost to you] The U.S. stock market has had a good year so far. Sure, there have been some dips like the ones in February and April but the results YTD are positive. On the flip side, bonds and international stocks haven't been [...]

Portfolio Review – May 2018 – the stock market today

Portfolio Review – May 2018 – the stock market today

The stock market today is an interesting one. Investors have benefited from a nearly uninterrupted run up this decade. That's why it almost seemed out of character to see the small stumble this year. The stock market can fall? What madness is this? January started off strong with the S&P 500 returning over 5%. However, [...]