Stock Investing Strategies for 40-somethings

The very second post that I ever wrote for this blog just over four years ago was entitled Tips for the Investor Who Started Too Late.  Looking back on it, however, I realize that the tips I gave actually apply to a person of any age starting out in stock investing.

So I’m re-visiting this idea with two goals in mind:  first, targeting a more specific age group and second, walking you through how I’m thinking and making decisions as a late 40-something myself with not a whole lot of time left to my advantage. Continue reading “Stock Investing Strategies for 40-somethings”

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Stock Starter Series, Part 5: Final Insights

Welcome to the final post of a 5-part series for the brand-new stock investor – or the person still thinking about it! My goal in this series has been to try to simplify how to get started in this most exciting financial journey and now I will provide some final insights. If you’re just jumping in at this post, you won’t get a whole lot out of this series unless you go back and start with the first post.

I realize that the first four posts in this series have perhaps been a bit of a marathon.  Trying to simplify how to get started in something as multi-faceted as stock investing doesn’t necessarily mean that things would be short and sweet!

Also, I didn’t want to make any of those posts longer than they were, so I’ve saved some final insights for this one. Continue reading “Stock Starter Series, Part 5: Final Insights”

Stock Starter Series, Part 4: When to Sell a Stock

Welcome to Part 4 of a 5-part series for the brand-new stock investor – or the person still thinking about it! My goal in this series is to try to simplify how to get started in this most exciting financial journey. If you’re just jumping in at this post, you won’t get a whole lot out of this series unless you go back and start with the first post.

In the last post, I gave some (hopefully) very practical tips on how to go about buying your first stock, but there comes a time when a person eventually wants or needs to sell a stock.

So let’s get right to it: when should you sell a stock? Continue reading “Stock Starter Series, Part 4: When to Sell a Stock”

Stock Starter Series, Part 3: Buying Your First Stock

Welcome to Part 3 of a 5-part series for the brand-new stock investor – or the person still thinking about it! My goal in this series is to try to simplify how to get started in this most exciting financial journey.  If you’re just jumping in at this post, you won’t get a whole lot out of this series unless you go back and start with the first post.

My hope is that you’ve taken some time to think about the last post, namely which source(s) you’re going to choose to find which stocks to invest in. Again, whether you choose to seek professional advice through an investment advisor/stock broker or not, I strongly urge you to Continue reading “Stock Starter Series, Part 3: Buying Your First Stock”

Stock Starter Series, Part 2:  Finding Stocks to Buy

Welcome to Part 2 of a 5-part series for the brand-new stock investor – or the person still thinking about it! My goal in this series is to try to simplify how to get started in this most exciting financial journey.

If you didn’t read the first post, then you should really read it before this one.

If you did and you sincerely answered ‘yes’ to the five questions near the end, then you’re reading this post because you’re pretty convinced that stock investing is for you. Continue reading “Stock Starter Series, Part 2:  Finding Stocks to Buy”

Stock Starter Series, Part 1: Why Stocks?

Welcome to Part 1 of a 5-part series for the brand-new stock investor – or the person still thinking about it! My goal in this series is to try to simplify how to get started in this most exciting financial journey.

So let’s get right to it: with all the different things into which a person can invest some spare money, why do I think that you should make stocks your top choice? Continue reading “Stock Starter Series, Part 1: Why Stocks?”

The Real Key to Investing Success

I’ve devoted two other posts in the past to the mindset needed to be a successful stock investor, this one and this one, but if you’re not into investing or specifically stock investing, those posts also apply to managing one’s money in general.  But since this is a stock investing blog, I want to focus specifically on the one key trait that one absolutely needs to have in order to become a successful stock investor. Continue reading “The Real Key to Investing Success”

Building an Investing Cushion

People who are invested in the stock market are enjoying one of the longest periods of sustained growth in its history.  Following the recession of the late 2008-09, the U.S. markets in particular have moved steadily upward, having only short periods of minor setback and few at that.  It’s really quite an amazing run when compared to the overall history of the market.

Even if an investor has started buying stocks of quality companies only within the last five years and held onto them, they will typically have already experienced Continue reading “Building an Investing Cushion”

Advice for the Young Investor

Don’t be fooled by the title of this post.  The advice I’m going to give will be of tremendous benefit to anybody of any age who’s just starting out on this great adventure of stock investing, or who’s still thinking about it but doesn’t know where to start.  (For you late-bloomers like me, perhaps another post I wrote will also be of benefit.) Continue reading “Advice for the Young Investor”