Shake It up a Bit and Get Over Your Money Hump

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Ever heard the one about the lemmings following each over and falling off the edge of the cliff? This story is typically used in motivational seminars to illustrate the very real dangers of always following the crowd. What if (gasp!) the crowd is wrong? print

Crowdfunding Investment Cheat Sheet

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As the saying goes, you want to be in the know before you go. Or in this case, before you open up your wallet and put down your hard earned money on the latest investment scam. You surely don’t want to end up like one of Bernie Madoff’s “investors” now do you? At the same [...]

Apple Pie: Will a Slice Whet Your Appetite?

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Monday, June 9th, 2014 marked the effective date of Apple Corporation’s (AAPL) seven for one stock split, bringing the cost of owning a share of this tech giant to less than $100 at current prices. This is Apple’s 4th stock split since it began trading publicly in 1980. Dominique explains stock splits and reverse stock [...]

Reader Question: Debt vs. Investing

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If you have questions about your finances, you are not alone. In fact, here at Your Finances Simplified I often receive financial questions from my readers. For example, one of our readers, Tamika, sent me the following:

Investment Mood Rings?

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You would think that making money in the investment world is pretty cut and dried, right? Either you are up or you are down, and your emotions should follow right along. Not so much, in fact, not even close. A recently published study examining investors and their emotions over up and down cycles revealed the [...]

How to Buy Real Estate with No Down Payment, No Mortgage and No Land Contract…Ever!

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I know what you are thinking—just another misleading headline to attract attention. Nope! The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) really does allow you to invest in real estate with none of the entanglements you normally associate with owning property and it is as easy as buying  stock. The Real Estate Investment Trust is an indirect [...]

Reader Question: Roth IRAs and 401(k)s?

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If you have questions about your finances, you are not alone. In fact, here at Your Finances Simplified we often receive financial questions from our readers. For example, Reginald recently emailed me asking about the benefits of a Roth IRA versus a 401(k).

Your Financial Relationships: How Should We Invest?

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This post is part of our Your Financial Relationships series. This series is designed to help you discover the financial topics you should discuss with your significant other in order to have a financially healthy relationship. Today, we’ll discuss investing your money and why you should ask your significant other, “How should we invest?”

Investing—Gambling—Betting: That Which We Call a Rose

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You may have read my last post on lotteries where mention is made of the incredibly poor odds suffered by those who participate. If not, reading it takes only minutes of your time. The topic today is investing, which, to be completely objective, can also be regarded as a form of gambling. This is particularly [...]

Worse than Sweeping it Under a Rug? The Lowdown on Investor Conference Calls

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Hey, you know the old schtick about the bear in the woods right? If a bear (insert your favorite activity right here) in the woods and no one is around to see it, did it really happen? Well, perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that what you think you know about corporate earnings and [...]

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