The Growth Of An Investor

There was an interesting discussion on the White Coat Investor forum, which was started by a poster named Krentist (emphasis mine): "As I’ve become more...

VTSAX Review: Invest In The Largest Mutual Fund In The World

There are nearly 10,000 mutual funds available to investors. The biggest one of them all is Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX). With over $813...

Keep Bonds Out Of Your Roth IRA

There's a significant debate in the financial community about where investors should put their bonds. Some people keep it simple and purchase their desired asset...

Freedom, Freedom Index, or Freedom Blend: Understanding Fidelity’s Confusing Lineup Of Target-Date Funds

For beginning investors, I've long advocated for target-date funds as a great way to get started with investing. In a single target-date fund, you are...

Making Money In The Stock Market Is Not Easy

It's really hard to make money in the stock market. No, I'm not saying that the process of investing in index funds is difficult. In...

How To Minimize Investment Returns

Warren Buffett told a parable in his 2006 shareholder letter to teach us how to get rich. This post is based on his thought...

How To Get To Your Retirement Number Faster

I was driving up to Northern MI recently for a nice vacation with family, and like any long road trip, before I left, I...

Ten Things You Should Know About Index Fund Investing

When I first became interested in investing 20 years ago, investing in individual stocks and actively managed mutual funds dominated financial magazines and television. These...

Should You Hedge Your Portfolio Against A Bear Market With Stock Options?

The bull market has been going strong since March 2009, defying analysts' frequent predictions of its demise. Nevertheless, a lot of investors continue to...

How Do Vanguard, Fidelity, and Schwab Make Money Offering Low Expense Ratio Index Funds?

People have been marveling at how Fidelity is able to offer two index funds (FZROX, FZILX) with zero expense ratios to their investors. There's something...