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, […]

Socially Responsible Investing: Where’s Your Limit?

The reality is that, as investors, we make money from the success of American and international businesses. When Walmart sells groceries, investors benefit. When McDonald’s sells a Big Mac, investors benefit. The effect of one sale is marginal. The effect of millions of sales leads to quarterly profits, which lead to dividends, and hopefully appreciation […]

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 […]

The Pay Gap: Underpaid Women Blame Themselves

Just to be clear, I am a feminist. I believe in equal rights for women, I believe that little girls should be told that they can be whatever in the world they want to be, but in my life, I think I stumbled upon part of the reason that women are underpaid. Talking about money […]

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 […]

How Much Should Parents Help Their College Student Financially?

A challenging question that most parents will face as their kids are ending high school is – how much should they help their college student financially?  It’s a tough question, because with the rising cost of tuition (and room and board, and textbooks, etc.), the return on investment of education is starting to be pretty […]

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 […]

Set Financial Rules, and Live Within Them

Last week on the FrugalPortland channel, we talked about how saving isn’t very sexy. And I’m back this week to tell you what I’ve discovered. It may not be sexy, but discovering what you can do with money that you save is as close as I can get! I realized over the weekend (post forthcoming […]

Reader Question: What is the Average Christmas Spending for a Family?

Welcome to another reader question!  I love the questions, so if you have something you want to ask either me, or The College Investor readers, please use my contact page and get in touch. This week’s question comes from Leslie, who is curious about what people spend for Christmas gifts… The Question I’m on a […]

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 […]