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Thomas asks…

How to get ahead without Investment Mombo Jumbo?

I funded my Roth to the max. My job does not offer 401ks. What can I do next?

I don’t want to go into the Stock Market. Risk is my worst enemy. Where can I go for advice besides “Investing for Dummies” ?

I go to investment websites and all I read is Blah Blah Blah.

(I’m 25 years old, and a single mother, if it helps)

financi4 answers:

Investing is easy when you invest in America and you can do that with a S&P 500 or total market index fund. Just dollar cost average into the account. You should also consider a simple portfolio of 50% bonds and 50% stock. Both are available through indexes.

Indexing is simple, mimics that market, is low cost, is low taxed, and will solidify your financial future. You need the mindset that these are investments for the future. Don’t worry about the daily changes of 1 or 2 percent that television freaks out about. How often do you freak out when ketchup goes on sale for 2% off?

Read “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits)” by John C. Bogle

Paul asks…

Books about investing?

I currently have ‘Stock Investing for Dummies‘ and Benjamin Graham’s ‘The Intelligent Investor’. About halfway through ‘Stock Investing for Dummies‘, and it’s getting a little boring, but I’m going to try to finish it before I read The Intelligent Investor.

Any ideas on what I should read after I finish both of the above?

financi4 answers:

Unfortunately, there are many books out there that make great reading, but promote investment systems that don’t work. Finding good investment books is difficult.

One excellent book is Burton Malkiel’s “A Random Walk down Wall Street.” It discusses how to build a safe, balanced portfolio of stocks. You can find it in most libraries.

Other good books are:

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing
The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between
The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio
The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need: The Way Smart Money Invests Today
The New Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get on with Your Life

Chris asks…

what books would you suggest for a beginner investor?

besides “investing for dummies” are there any other books someone would suggest as a great start for investing on your own using vanguard/ameritrade/etc. mutual funds, small cap stocks, etc. i want to know how to start, how to manage, and how to know when to get out. thanks for your suggestions! my goals are for long term and short term, id like to have a diversified portfolio
website links are welcomed suggestions as well. ive already visited motley fool, vanguard, ameritrade, and beacon.

financi4 answers:

You’re on the right track with Vanguard. Stick to low cost index funds. If you’re not already in a 401k or Roth IRA, then START. Just stuff as much money as you can into a “target retirement fund” and let it swell up over time.

Dont move your money out when the “stuff hits the fan” like it did today. If anything, buy more when the market tanks. Stocks are on sale! If you are going to let this money grow for 20 or 30 years, it doesnt really matter how bad things are currently because it will work itself out and you’ll be way ahead over the long haul if you just stay your course and KEEP INVESTING.

This takes care of your “long term”.

Short term, stay away from stocks. Stuff money into I-bonds at Treasurydirect. Ladder your CDs. Consider rental real estate property.

Stay away from individual stocks. Stay away from the “get rich quick crap” on late night TV and spam e-mails. Stay away from normal brokerage accounts that eat you alive with fees.

Work to cut your cost of living so that you can maximize your contributions to a 401k and a Roth IRA. Diversify your investment.

If you’re already maximizing Target Retirement funds in a 401k and Roth, consider investing in Real Estate so that you dont have all of your gold in one bag.

Investing is simple. Do the above for 20 or 30 years and retire a multi-millionaire.

Oh and here are some good books:

“Grow Your Money” by Jonathan Pond.

“The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing” by Paul B. Farrell.

“The Quiet Millionaire: A Guide for Accumulating and Keeping Your Wealth” by Brett Wilder.

All available on Amazon. Read up and study but dont fall victim to “paralysis by analysis”, which means to study something endlessly but have zero action. Learn just enough to be dangerous and then ACT.

Good luck!

Michael asks…

On line investing /Trading?

i am looking for information on how to do on line trading , or how to invest.. you know something like stock trading or investing for dummies.

financi4 answers:

They’re is way to much involved to give you s fair outlook here. Check out Charles Scwab’s website. These great info there to help you understand what is involoved. Just google the name.

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