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How to Create a Stress-Free Investing Strategy

(Guest post by Joseph Hogue, CFA): The idea of stress-free investing for the individual investor is one of the best themes in The Intelligent Investor. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a little vague on how you can apply the concepts and create your own portfolio. For that, I use investing tools to create a simple portfolio and save money investing.

Investing in Relationships: Thoughts on Making Choices

There’s a prevailing stance on relationships that I find both intriguing and disturbing. It starts with the idea that each of us is the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Where this leads can be beneficial or dangerous – depending on whether I continue to embrace loved ones who may (or may not) fully represent what I aspire to become or reject them in favor of pursuing relationships based on superficial and possibly meaningless measures. I turned to the Bible and Jesus’s teachings to discover truths about investing in relationships.

What a Half Ironman Taught Me About Investing

This summer, I raced in a half-ironman competition. If you’re uninitiated to the world of triathlon, the half-ironman event involves a 1.2 mile open-water swim and a 56-mile bike ride, finished with a half-marathon (13.1 miles). Lessons from this race reinforced what I knew about investing, and offered new insights that surprised me.

Why 401(k) Default Options May Not Be Enough

Many employers automatically enroll their employees in retirement plans. While that’s helpful, the default options within 401(k) plans may fool you into thinking that you’re saving enough. Learn why these defaults have been set and what you should do about them to become more financially secure.