Category Archives: Investing

How to Place an Order to Buy or Sell a Stock

Originally posted on The Small Investor:
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy your first individual stock.  Now what?  In order to place a stock order, it is important to learn the lingo of stocks trades.  This allows you to communicate clearly with your broker to avoid misunderstandings.  If you’re buying online, knowing what the different orders are…

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Gold mining shares have a negative correlation to the stock market

A study by Ibbotson Associates shows that gold mining shares have a negative correlation to the stock market, that precious metals performed best when they were needed the most by providing positive returns during the years that traditional asset classes had negative returns. Ibbotson determined that investors can potentially improve the risk-to-reward ratio in conservative, moderate and aggressive portfolios by

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Is a Roth 401k Better than a Traditional 401k?

Originally posted on The Small Investor:
We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom.  If you have an old, stodgy traditional IRA you should convert to a snazzy new Roth IRA.  There is now even a new Roth 401k.  Sure, you’ll need to pay all of the taxes since the money was initially invested tax-deferred and the conversion requires that the taxes…

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What Effect will a Donald Trump Presidency Have on the Stock Market?

Originally posted on The Small Investor:
Wednesday morning, many commentators expected the US stock market to fall through the floor after Donald Trump’s surprise victory.  Their expected moment of schadenfreude, however, quickly evaporated as the stock market opened and proceeded to go…. up!  So, what happened, and what will this mean for the stock market going forward? Well, the stock market…

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