Here you’ll find articles on traditional and not-so-traditional approaches to investing — primarily in individual stocks, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and bonds. Along with my breakdown and scrutiny of general strategies are first-hand experiences in implementing these approaches. Specific topics include building an investment portfolio and possible ways to determine whether a stock is bargain priced. Information and insights in the Investing category can help you develop a framework for making investment decisions.

4 Easy Steps to Overcoming Your Fear of Investing

One of the topics I find fascinating (and important) to explore is the idea of overcoming fear or other emotion that prevents people from investing in the stock market. Though some cynically view investing as a system gamed against the average investor, I believe it can provide opportunity for regular people to build wealth, gain greater freedom over their lives by becoming less dependent on employment, and improve financial security.

Vanguard Review: Low-Cost Index Investing and More

Vanguard is an investment management firm that serves personal investors with a broad range of offerings, including low-cost, market-index mutual funds and ETFs, discount brokerage services, and advisory services. The company is owned by its clients (who own Vanguard funds) so investment costs are relatively low.

The company’s founder, John (Jack) Bogle, launched market-index mutual funds for individual investors through Vanguard. The company remains a leader in index investing through its mutual funds and ETFs but also offers actively managed funds and facilitates investing in individual stocks and non-Vanguard funds through its brokerage service. Learn about the mutual fund company and brokerage firm in this review.

Wealthfront Review

Investment services offered by Wealthfront are targeted to the busy investor who wants to 1) develop a diversified portfolio; 2) save money on taxes through tax-loss harvesting; and 3) outsource day-to-day investing decisions.

TradeKing Advisors Review

TradeKing Advisors offers professionally managed portfolios for investors as an alternative to self-directed investing. Investing in one of the firm’s Core Portfolios and/or Momentum Portfolios for a relatively small fee (less than 1% of assets under management).