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The $1,000 Investment Throwdown

Happy 2014!  While everyone is busy looking backwards I’m looking forward and I’m looking forward to doing things differently.  This year I have joined the Grow Your Dough Throwdown by Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents.

What Jeff and a bunch of other personal finance bloggers are doing is investing $1,000 various ways.  The goal is for each blogger to report back monthly on how their portfolio is doing and I guess whoever ends up with the most money at the end of the year gets serious bragging rights. While they’re mostly investing in the stock market, and honestly, who wouldn’t since the markets returned something like 30% last year, I’m going to be a little unorthodox. […]

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We all like investing, right?

Sandy is investing her face off, buying rental properties faster than most of you buy underwear. Other people are buying the usual – stocks and bonds – usually within their 401k or Roth IRAs. And still others are investing in more non-conventional assets, like peer to peer lending or commodities or whatever else it is you kids spend your money on. Alas, buying 100 cheeseburgers is not a good investment, even though everyone likes cheeseburgers. […]

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Balancing Investments And Savings

You want your money to make more money for you. The best way to make that happen is to save or invest the money that you earn. But how do you choose which one is best for you and your future goals? Why do you have to choose? According to Pete Briger, Board of Directors at Fortress, finding a balance between the two is the best way to keep yourself covered.

First, let’s look at what both options entail.

Putting Money into Savings

This is the easiest and certainly the least risky of your options. You simply set aside some money out of every paycheck and then leave it alone. […]

Survey of the Best CD Rates on 1 Year

Survey of the Best CD Rates on 1 Year CDs

There are many people who seek the best CD rates when buying a 1 year CD. After all, it is only normal to want the best possible interest rate when buying any investment products. 1 year certificates of deposit are very popular financial instruments among those who want their savings to grow for a few reasons.

Certificates of deposit are guaranteed by the bank and the government not to lose any of their value, so there is no chance of you ending up with less money than you started with after the investment comes to maturity. The value of a CD grows at a constant rate, unlike market based investments such as stocks, whose value fluctuates on a daily basis. […]

Finance 101: Introduction to Bond Lesson 1

Finance 101: Introduction to Bonds Lesson 1

All of my life I’ve heard about diversifying your assets by having stocks and bonds. I kind of know what a stock is but the other day I wondered, just what’s a bond, and why would I want one? If you have the same questions then stay tuned for the latest installment of my basic finance course: Finance 101.

I actually own some bonds as part of my investment strategy. My last employer offered employees the ability to purchase bonds automatically through a direct payroll deduction on a monthly basis. I figured, hey, why not and allocated $100 each month for about 6 months towards bonds. They were mailed directly to my mom, and I promptly forgot about them until I bumped into an old pay stub last week. I began to wonder, just what the heck did I purchase anyway? Let’s begin with definitions. According to, a bond is “simply an ‘IOU’ in which an investor agrees to loan money to a company or government in exchange for a predetermined interest rate.” Great! So who’s the investor? Well, in this case that would be me or whoever purchased bonds. Sweet! I’m an investor. Now, how do I make money from this? This is where it gets interesting. It all depends on what types on bonds you’ve purchased. […]