Getting Started With Investing

If you are just getting started investing, it is natural to feel like you are entering an intimidating new world. Luckily, while investing is a topic that can be as complicated as you want it to be, it is also one that can be relatively simple. <\p>

Even better, "simple investing" is often more effective than "complicated investing," as it is much easier to make costly mistakes with a more complicated strategy.

This tutorial will look at how you can embrace the "Pareto Principle", simplify investing, and get started off on the right foot. <\p>


The ETF: A Primer on the Most Exciting New Three Letters in Finance

The most intelligently conceived asset-allocation does little good unless it is actually implemented somewhere in an investor's portfolio. In the past, investors had to go to mutual funds to implement a diversified asset allocation. But today, they have a great new option in the form of exchanged traded funds, or ETFs as they are ubiquitously known.

ETFs have become the cool new kids on the block in the financial world lately - and with good reason. They can be great instruments for individual investors to get low-cost exposure to the markets. This article will look at what ETFs are, how they are classified, and what you should consider in picking one.

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When a Firm Handshake and Nice Smile Isn't Enough: How to Get Good Advice and Avoid Getting Ripped Off

In the 2000 movie "Boiler Room," Seth Davis is a 19-year old college dropout who joins a New York brokerage shop in order to strike it rich and make his father proud. Along the way, Seth learns how to cold-call the Wall Street way, and finds he...

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Mutual Funds, ETFs, VC, and More: A Survey of the Landscape of Financial Products

It would be foolish to go shopping for a new automobile without understanding the basic difference between a sports car, an SUV, a pickup truck, and a minivan. Yet many people today do go shopping for investment funds without really understanding the categories available to them. This article surveys the investment landscape and looks at what mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs, and private-equity funds actually are.