Investing in ETFs: Exchange Traded Funds

A popular way to invest in the market today is through what’s called ETF’s, or Exchange Traded funds. They work much the same as regular stocks; they are portfolios of stocks, bonds, or other investments that trade on the stock exchange. All ETF’s are an index fund, which means that they track the performance of … Continue reading Investing in ETFs: Exchange Traded Funds

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Investing in Mutual Funds

The Advantages: Diversification: A single mutual fund can hold securities from hundreds or even thousands of issuers. This diversification considerably reduces the risk of a serious monetary loss due to problems in a particular company or industry. Affordability: You can begin buying units or shares with a relatively small amount of money (e.g., $500 for … Continue reading Advantages and Disadvantages of Investing in Mutual Funds

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Buying Stocks: Doing your Own Investing with DRIPS

If you’d like to enter the stock market but are not prepared to purchase a large quantity of stocks or don’t have a large amount of money to invest, then you might find buying stocks through a dividend re-investment plan (DRIP) is the best avenue for you. Here’s how it works You buy one share … Continue reading Buying Stocks: Doing your Own Investing with DRIPS

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The Benefits of Index Funds

The toughest part of investing in stocks for most people is stock selection. There are thousands of listed companies in the marketplace that you may invest in by doing your own work and research. An easier way to invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks is to invest in index funds. Here is some information on … Continue reading The Benefits of Index Funds

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Basic Types of Investments — Financial Instruments you should Know

Are you new to investing? Then it is important that you know and understand the basic types of investments that are available to you. The following financial instruments are the investment options generally available to you in the investments marketplace. Savings Accounts Savings accounts are a safe haven to store your emergency funds. They provide easy … Continue reading Basic Types of Investments — Financial Instruments you should Know

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Investing Basics: Income Streams and Annuities

It is very important to understand an income stream from a conceptual standpoint in the world of financial management. In short an income stream is a regular inflow of money. Another more technical name for this flow of money is an “annuity”. Though there are some technical differences in the income stream you receive from your employer versus … Continue reading Investing Basics: Income Streams and Annuities

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