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 […]

Reader Question: What is the Difference Between a Roth IRA and an ETF?

As long as you keep sending me questions, I’ll do my best to answer them each week (if you’re comfortable letting me).  You can ask a question here. This week’s question comes from Solomon, who was wondering what the difference is between a Roth IRA and an ETF…check it out: The Question I have a […]