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 [...]

Time in the Market Dividend Review – June 2018 – Get by with a Little Help from my VIIIX

Time in the Market Dividend Review – June 2018 – Get by with a Little Help from my VIIIX

Welcome to the June dividend update. It's the big one and all my friends are here. That includes VIIIX, VMCPX, VSCPX, UNH and others too! Even RERGX makes an appearance. That's quite a cast of characters! If you're new to this series and think those names are weird then you're not alone! Those weird random [...]

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 [...]

Time in the Market Savings Rate Report – May 2018 – Getting Ahead on my Car Payments

Time in the Market Savings Rate Report – May 2018 – Getting Ahead on my Car Payments

[This post about car payments may include affiliate links at no cost to you.] Car payments are on my mind lately. I bought a new car in 2014 with a standard 5 year loan. The interest rate is low(2%) but I'm the type of guy who likes not having debt. That means I've been throwing [...]

Career crossroads – my insurance job is boring

Career crossroads – my insurance job is boring

An insurance job is decent. It's often low stress, steady and predictable. Sometimes, in rare spurts, it's even interesting. However, most times, an insurance job is just plain boring. Hmm, maybe that just applies to most office jobs. I, like many Americans, sit in a cubicle all day. It's a spacious cubicle so I'm lucky [...]

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 [...]