What You Should Be Scared Of In The Stock Market

It’s almost 2013, and there are potentially a lot of changes happening in the economy, in government, and as a result, in the stock market.  I’m not trying to be a doomsday predictor, but I do believe that you should be scared of a few things, and plan accordingly.  Remember, there are no unexpected expenses, […]

The 5 Most Common Money Problems

Money problems plague all of us, and not all of them have to do with unexpected expenses.  In fact, most money problems we create are self imposed. Why do I talk about money problems?  Having money problems keeps you from getting out of student loan debt, prevents you from saving, and ultimately, prevents you from […]

Preparing for Financial Emergencies and Unexpected Expenses

It’s always the most joyous time of the year when the unexpected seems to occur, and so it is important that you’re prepared for financial emergencies and other unexpected expenses.  These can range from the mundane – needing to get your car repaired, to catastrophic emergencies like Hurricane Sandy.  The funny thing about financial emergencies and […]

Investing in MLPs: Yields are High, but Complications are Many

Master Limited Partnerships are all the rage on Wall Street. Known for high yields, favorable taxation, and exposure to a very popular sector (oil and gas, primarily), MLPs are the new “designer drug” for enterprising investors. Let’s work through the basics of MLPs, their tax structure, and their suitability in your portfolio. So, what is […]

How To Discuss Stocks on Social Media

If you’re planning on discussing individual stocks on social media, or if you have an investing article where you mention individual stocks, it’s really important that you discuss them on social media the right way.  You may ask, “What’s the right way?”  Well, let me show you what I’m talking about.   How To Tweet […]

Why Best Buy Will Fail: They Made Me Showroom

I’m written about my terrible Best Buy customer service experience before, and that was just the beginning of their current problems.  Now, Best Buy (BBY) has clearly explained that one of the biggest weaknesses with their business model is so-called “showrooming”, where customers simply come to their stores to look at the products, and then […]

What is a Spin Off and How Do They Work?

Ahead of tax concerns from the fiscal cliff, there is potential that the investing universe will again shift its focus to taxation. One integral method of avoiding corporate and personal taxation is the spin off. What Happens in a Spin Off? A spin off is what happens when a piece of a company is disconnected […]

Betting on Crime: Investing in Private Prisons

One of my (foreign) economics professors always said that Americans are good at two things: gaining weight and human storage. Human storage was referring to the millions of Americans locked behind bars. More than 2.2 million Americans currently call a jail cell their home, and the industry is booming. Thanks to a favorable legal environment […]

These Schools Offer Their Students Hedge Funds to Run

Earlier this week I talked about how joining an investment club in college and how that can be a great way to learn about investing.  However, some colleges take it to the next level, and offer their students a chance to run an actual hedge fund or investment fund.  These funds are managed by the […]

Is Buying a House While In Debt Irresponsible?

All along, my plan has been this: Get Out of Credit Card Debt Pay Off my Student Loans Pay Off my Car Start Saving for a Down Payment on a House But then, a few things happened to make me change my mind. The first was the end of a relationship. No longer was I […]

Reader Question: I’m Maxing Out My IRA, Now What?

Thank you everyone for continuing to send me great questions to answer each week!  This question comes from Suzanne, who is in an awesome financial situation!  I hope to be in her shoes very soon, and it’s something that I think everyone should aspire to be in! The Question Robert, I was hoping that you […]