Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. But since moving to Houston, I look forward to fall with the cooler weather even more. Baseball playoffs and World Series are two events I really look forward to.
This fall we also have an important election! We are headed fast in the wrong direction. I’m hoping we make a dramatic change of course toward a sane fiscal and monetary policy! Without it I’m afraid we are not to far from conditions similar to Greece.
Here are the investing submissions to the SDIFR Carnival – Fall Edition:
Boomer & Echo write Will Changing Demographics Affect Financial Markets? It’s clear that changing demographics will affect the economy and financial markets in the years ahead, but worries about a dramatic negative effect are exaggerated. Here’s why:
Asset Allocation and Diversification
Jamie at Financial Footsteps writes How I Invest For Retirement. International funds cost more but hold a lot of US stocks. I explore my portfolio and explain why I own two stock market index funds, not just one.
[Editors Note: Jamie also doesn’t have any bonds! I think this is a wise decision and I explain why in a comment at the end of the post.]
Investment Planning Strategies
Miranda at Planting Money Seeds writes Learn About Building a Dividend Stock Portfolio with Mike Heroux. One of the ways to create a passive income is to build a dividend stock portfolio.
Glen Craig at Free From Broke writes Roth IRA 5 year Rule on Withdrawals. Understanding the Roth IRA 5 year rule for withdrawals isn’t that hard but it’s important to understand should you need to take money from the account.
Dividend Growth Investor writes The Most Challenging Aspect of Dividend Investing. Many dividend investors spend countless hours analyzing companies. Yet, when the companies they have so painstakingly identified appreciate in price, investors decide to cash in and move onto the next idea.
My Own Advisor writes Why I Left the Mutual Fund Industry. For decades, mutual funds have been a hugely popular way for Joe or Jane to own pieces of companies. For years, I thought this was a great way to invest too. Not anymore…
Specific Investment Ideas
Roger Wohlner at The Chicago Financial Planner writes Choosing A Mutual Fund – Avoid These 6 Mistakes. Choosing the right mutual fund is always tough, but picking the wrong fund can have dire consequences. Here are a few mutual fund selection mistakes to avoid.
JT at ETFBase writes Gold Miner ETFs vs. Gold: Finding a Fair Ratio. There’s been a stark disconnect between returns on gold itself and gold miners. Here are some ways to exploit this development.
Darnell at Excess Return writes Which Stocks Will Benefit From QE3? On September 13, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Federal Reserve would expand its holdings of long term securities in a third round of quantitative easing. This article will focus on four sectors of the stock market that should benefit from the initiation of QE3.
Investor Junkie writes LearnVest Review. Lately, there has been increased interest in encouraging women to learn more about money management, and get involved in their own finances – especially when it comes to investing. Enter LearnVest, a financial management web site aimed at women.
JT at Darwins Money writes Why Target Date Bond Funds Beat Bond Index Funds. Who would have thought target date bond funds beat index funds? They do! Here’s why.