Ask the Piggy Bank: What is An Index Fund?

Ask the Piggy Bank: What is An Index Fund?

Today I am pleased to answer a reader question about investing. Here it is: I’ve heard a lot lately about the advisability of investing in index funds. What is an index fund? If you’ve been reading advice about investing lately, … More »

Beating the Bear Market: Focus on Allocations

Beating the Bear Market: Focus on Allocations

One of the keys that Paul Farrell mentions in his MarketWatch article on beating the bear market is the importance of allocations: Once you determine exactly what asset allocations fit your particular needs, stick to them. Remember, the mix of … More »

Beating the Bear Market: Do-It-Yourself

Beating the Bear Market: Do-It-Yourself

Earlier today in my quest to find ways of beating the bear market, we looked at going contrarian. This post is related to that concept, with Paul Farrell at MarketWatch recommending a do-it-yourself approach to investing: Remember Buddha’s advice: “Believe … More »

Beating the Bear Market: Go Contrarian

Beating the Bear Market: Go Contrarian

Yesterday I mentioned that I will be devoting some time to an article written by Paul Farrell for MarketWatch. This article gives 10 things you can do to beat the bear market that has already begun. Today’s first advice is … More »