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How to Feel Confident in Your Investing Choices

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Investing is not something that comes easily to everyone overnight. It’s something that you need to work at in order to feel more confident in.

When it comes to the stock market, investor confidence is very important.

The best thing you can do to become more confident and rational when you invest your money is to really understand what you’re buying.

Having confidence as an investor helps you to make better decisions when owning a stock over time while allowing you to really understand what is going on at a specific moment in time. Read more.

Invest in What You Love

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When it comes to investing, conventional wisdom says to hand your money over to a financial advisor and let them diversify your investments for you. Why think too much about where your money is going if you don’t have to?  But there’s a problem with that mindset: your values matter and you should be investing in what you love.  Read more.

6 Money Traps to Avoid in Your 40s

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By the time you’ve reached your 40s, you’re probably earning more, saving more, traveling more, and feeling more comfortable…

But, be careful!

You still face the potential to have your cost of living creep up to a level that could cause problems.

Here are six common money traps to avoid in your 40s so you can set yourself up for financial freedom in retirement. Read more.

5 Red Flags When Valuing a Company

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When you’re searching for companies to invest in, there are endless resources that will tell you what you NEED to do to make sure you’re buying the right stocks and taking the least risk. But, one of the main principles of Rule #1 Investing is sticking to what you know. Read more.

20 of the Best Investing Books Every Investor Should Read

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When it comes to investing, Rule #1 investors take a similar approach to billionaire Warren Buffett’s views. It’s only fitting that some of my favorite investing books are also some of Buffett’s as well. Did you know that Warren Buffett reads 500 pages per day?

Buffett says that, “Knowledge builds up like compound interest.” He actually devotes 80% of his day just to reading. Now, I know you all have jobs, kids, and a life so you probably can’t devote that much time to reading. Regardless, I’ve got some great investing book recommendations for you for this year. Start with these. Read more.

Is Value Investing Dead?  

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Buying low and selling high makes a lot of sense in theory. But try and apply that to the complex moving parts of today’s stock market, and it won’t look quite as simple as it sounds. The reason behing this is that not very much is on sale right now. Read more.

International Investing Using Rule #1 Investing Strategies

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The U.S. stock market may be the largest and most well-known market, but it is not the only one available. If you’re thinking about international investing there are stock markets in countries all over the world, ranging dramatically in size, volatility, and every other factor. Read more.

5 Smart Ways to Make the Most of Investing in Your 30s

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The time value of compound interest simply can’t be overstated. If you begin investing in your 30s by putting aside $5,000 per year, you can expect to have around $1 million by the time you retire at age 65.

Meanwhile, someone who doesn’t start saving until their 40s will need to set aside three times this annual amount to achieve the same total return. Read more.

Will The Stock Market Crash? Why I’m Waiting for the Next Crash

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“You don’t make money when you buy stocks. You don’t make money when you sell stocks. You make money while you wait.” – Charlie Munger

Most of the time, successful investing is a waiting game. Just as there are poor times to sell your stocks, there are poor times to buy them as well, and sitting on money (cash) while you wait for a better opportunity is often one of the best investing decisions that you can make. Read more.

How to Avoid Investing in Corrupt Companies (Don’t Get Burned By a Bad CEO)

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Nothing can sink a company and all of its investors quite as fast as corrupt companies, corrupt CEOs, or management teams.

You don’t have to look very hard to find examples of CEOs and other executives who sent their companies into a tailspin due to shady deals, ethically questionable behavior, and corporate corruption. Read more.