Hi there, welcome to ABCs of Investing – there are lots of short, informative investing article on this site.

I’ve taken the liberty of grouping the articles into categories, which are listed on their own pages.  Links to all those pages are provided below.  Enjoy!

  • Investment accounts – 401k, Roth IRA, 529, traditional IRA, TSA.
  • Stocks – Various topics.
  • Dividend stocks – What are dividends, cash or reinvest, dividend yield, dividend increases.
  • Index funds and ETFs – The basics of index funds and ETFs.
  • Financial planning – Financial goals, investment policy statement, investment time horizon, safe investment witdrawal rate.
  • Bonds and fixed income – Interest payments, types, effect from interest rates, CDs, money market funds, tax-free municipal bonds, TIPs, junk bonds.
  • Asset allocation – Asset classes, strategies, rebalancing, diversification.
  • Investing – Discount brokerages, bull markets, MER, transfer-in-cash, transfer-in-kind, hedge funds, commodities, dollar cost averaging, forex, REITs.
  • Economics – GDP, inflation, recession, CPI.
  • Mutual funds – Target date funds, balanced funds.
  • Stock market indexes – Stock market exchange, stock market index, different types.
  • Investing methodologies – Index investing, growth, value, bottoms up, top down, timing the market, technical analysis.
  • Tax articles – Capital gains, losses, taxable and non-taxable accounts, tax brackets.

Articles About Investment Accounts on ABCs of Investing

Here is a list of common investment accounts and explanations. 401k plan Roth Ira Reasons For A Roth Conversion From 401K Or Traditional Roth How To Convert To A Roth IRA 529 Educational savings plan How to set up a 529 plan Traditional IRA account TSA – tax sheltered annuity Fixed annuities and variable annuities

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Articles About Stocks on ABCs of Investing

Stocks are the cornerstone of any investment portfolio – read all about them. What is a stock? What are bluechip stocks? Stock prices do not represent stock value Stock and ETF trading symbols How limit orders work. How market orders work. An explanation of short selling stocks Bid and ask prices Reverse stock splits

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Carnival of Financial Planning – Nov 5 Edition #164

Best Personal Financial Planning and Personal Investment Articles this Week from Personal Finance Blogs Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #164 – November 5, 2010 Welcome to the November 5, 2010 Edition #164 of the Carnival of Financial Planning. The Carnival of Financial Planning takes a long-term view of personal financial planning for individuals and […]

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Dividend Stock Articles on ABCs of Investing

Dividend investing is very popular – read these posts to understand the basics. What are stock dividends? Should I invest in dividend stocks? Dividends – cash or reinvest? – Should you buy more with your dividends in your account or withdraw them as cash? Dividend yield – How to calculate it. Dividend increases and cuts […]

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Index Fund and ETFs Articles on ABCs of Investing

Index funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are the best investment products for couch potato investing. Find out all the basics in these articles. What are exchange traded funds? Should I buy ETFs or Index funds? Should I buy ETFs or Index funds? A far more detailed look at this question. Not all index funds […]

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Articles About Financial Planning on ABCs of Investing

Financial planning involves setting goals and proper asset allocation. How to set your financial goals. How to create and investment policy statement Investment policy statement example – active investor Investment policy statement example – passive investor Investment time horizon – Determine your appropriate asset allocation. Investment time horizons for retirees Safe investment withdrawal – the […]

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Articles About Bonds and Fixed Income on ABCs of Investing

Fixed income includes bonds, high interest savings accounts, CDs and TIPS. Read all about them here. What are bonds? What is an interest payment? What is fixed income? Types of fixed income investments. How interest rates affect bond prices. What are CDs – certificates of deposit? Money market mutual funds Fixed income risks Tax free […]

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Asset Allocation Articles on ABC of Investing

Everything you need to know about asset allocation is right here. What is asset allocation? Reasons for owning different asset classes Retirement asset allocation strategies Asset allocation strategies Portfolio rebalancing Investment diversification

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Investing Articles on ABCs of Investing

Here are some general investing topics. What is investing? Online discount brokerages Bull and bear stock markets Investment real return MER – management expense ratio Transfer-in-cash Transfer-in-kind What are hedge funds? What are commodity investments? Dollar cost averaging Financial statement analysis Foreign exchange or forex trading What is the difference between small cap and large […]

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Articles About Economics on ABCs of Investing

Here is a list of the posts on this site dealing with economics. These are four common and useful terms to learn. GDP – Gross Domestic Product Inflation Recession CPI – Consumer Price Index

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Mutual Fund Articles on ABCs of Investing

Here are a few mutual fund posts. What are mutual funds? – Basic explanation of mutual funds. Target date retirement funds – These funds change their risk profile as you get older. Balanced mutual funds – Combination of stocks and bonds.

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Articles About Stock Market Indexes on ABCs of Investing

All individual stocks are traded on stock exchanges. Whether you own individual stocks, index funds, etfs or mutual funds – these articles are important to read. What is a stock market exchange? What is a stock market index? Different types of stock market indexes More information on stock market indexes

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Investing Methodology Articles on ABCs of Investing

There are an infinite number of investing styles – read about some of the more common ones. Index/passive/couch potato investing Growth investing Value investing Bottoms up investing Top down investing Timing the market Chasing investment returns Technical stock analysis

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Tax Articles on ABCs of Investing

Taxes are an unfortunate aspect to investing. These articles will help you understand some of the tax issues with investing. What are capital gains and capital losses? How to calculate capital gains and losses Taxable and non-taxable investment accounts Tax brackets and marginal tax rates Prepare taxes by hand or use software

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Asset Allocation Strategies

One of the key steps to investing is deciding on your asset allocation.  What is an asset allocation you ask?  It’s the relative amounts of different asset classes in your portfolio which will determine how much risk your portfolio has. Asset classes An asset class is a grouping of similar investments whose prices tend to […]

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