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 Poor Won’t Get Richer Until They Get Smarter

Although I don’t always trust the credibility of facts and statistics that I see on social media, I saw a recent Facebook post that had a lot of truth to it.  In a nutshell, it illustrated how big-ticket items like a car and home were a few times less expensive a few decades ago when compared to an average person’s annual wage than they are now.  The point:  the spread between what the average person makes and the things that he/she needs or wants to buy is growing larger.  This made me think about Continue reading “The Poor Won’t Get Richer Until They Get Smarter”

The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock

I hope that what I’m about to share will help you recognize possibly the greatest reason why people lose money in the stock market.  If you can overcome this hurdle, I’m confident that you can experience long-term success as a stock investor.  Why I’m so confident is because I’ve had to overcome this same hurdle myself not just once, but every time I buy new shares in a stock and often with very good long-term results.  One of those times occurred recently  Continue reading “The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock”

So You’re Following this Blog, Eh?

A few months ago, a very curious thing started happening with this blog.  I started getting regular and numerous e-mail notifications about new followers, all with an @outlook.com e-mail address and mostly non-sensical user names.  However, none of them show up in my list of followers and so I’ll call them “mystery followers.”  This is a bug of sorts that other WordPress bloggers have noted in forums, but which nobody seems to have an answer for.  Allow me to entertain some thoughts. Continue reading “So You’re Following this Blog, Eh?”

What to Make of the Storm Clouds

Being a stock investor had been a relatively exciting ride until a couple of months ago.  Until then, the stock market had been on an unprecedented upswing, barely being knocked off course since the bottom of the Great Recession in early 2009.  Prior to this current turmoil, the market last underwent a bit of a correction from mid-2015 until early 2016 and had been on a tear until recently.

However, storm clouds have gathered and have been tossing the markets around for a couple of months now, Continue reading “What to Make of the Storm Clouds”