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, [...]

The first $100,000 is the hardest – the miracle of compound interest

The first $100,000 is the hardest – the miracle of compound interest

Compound interest is an amazing little thing. It has been called the eight wonder of the world. There's even a claim that Albert Einstein called it the most powerful force in the universe. I'm not sure if that's true but it sounds cool on paper. Whether he said it or not, compound interest is the [...]

Time in the Market’s book club – Deep Value and The Millionaire Next Door

Finance books are COOL Finance books are on the menu! Deep Value and The Millionaire Next Door are the first books in my book club! Finance is the topic at hand and will likely be for the foreseeable future. I read a good amount of books about investing. My problem is that don't have many [...]

Portfolio Review – February 2018 – Stock market volatility makes a comeback

Stock market volatility came roaring back in a big way this week. We saw days where the stock market moved more in an hour than it moved on a weekly basis in the past year. It wasn't wholly unexpected given the flat stock market volatility we've had for such a long time. As an example [...]