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Regular visitors may want to look at our new articles.
For US investors:
- Getting started - Start here.
- Investment philosophy - Our investment principles.
- Investing start-up kit - A top-down approach to start investing.
- Investment policy statement - Identify your investment objectives and how you plan to meet them.
- Prioritizing investments - Choosing where to save your investing money, such as an employer's retirement plan or a savings account.
For non-US investors:
- Getting started for non-US investors - Start here.
- Investment philosophy for non-US investors - Our investment principles.
- Investing start-up kit for non-US investors - A top-down approach to start investing.
- Outline of non-US domiciles - Overview of topics specifically for non-US investors.
Personal finance covers not only investing, but day-to-day finances, budgeting, insurance, taxes, estate planning, and retirement.
For US investors:
- Personal finance planning start-up kit - Start here.
- Financial planning - The first thing you should do.
- Household budgeting - Understand how much you make and how much you spend.
- Emergency fund - Have cash on-hand for life's unexpected events.
- Insurance - Auto, home, medical
- Estate planning - Be prepared when bad things happen.
Retirement is a major event in many people's lives. It is not only a lifestyle change, but a change in income and spending.
Planning for this life-changing event is important.
- Retirement planning start-up kit - Start here.
- Preparing for retirement - Steps you should take before retiring.
- Retirement policy statement - Lay-out your retirement plans and strategies.
From today's featured article
Saving early is important, as the power of compound interest will help you to reach your savings goal, even with low expected returns. The concepts apply for savings towards any goal, such as retirement, purchasing a home, or saving for an education. The longer the timeframe, the larger the impact of the power of compounding.
If you start late, you can still catch up. However, you'll need to invest more money, as compounding has much less time to have an effect. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1974 - The Fidelity Daily Income Trust (now Fidelity® Government Cash Reserves) became the first money market fund to offer check writing privileges. Source: This day in financial history, Houston Finance Club
- 1996 - The Tallinn Stock Exchange in Estonia began trading on May 31, 1996. The exchange is now part of the Baltic Market component of the NASDAQ OMX Exchanges. The OMX comprises eight Baltic and Nordic exchanges.Source: History
- 1932 - Benjamin Graham, writing during the nadir of the depression-era bear market in US stocks, published the first of three articles in Forbes, where he pointed out that over one-third of the market's stocks were being valued at less than liquidation value. Source: Forbes Magazine: “Is American Business Worth More Dead than Alive?” by Benjamin Graham (1932), available for download
- 1992 - Eugene Fama and Kenneth French published the paper, The cross‐section of expected stock returns, introducing the Fama/French three-factor model of stock returns. Source: Google scholar
- 1997 - On June 2, 1997, the minimum tick size on the NASDAQ stock exchange changed from 1/8 to 1/16 on all stocks with a bid price of $10 or more. The New York Stock Exchange implemented a similar change on June 24, 1997. Source: Spreads, Depths, and Quote Clustering on the NYSE and Nasdaq, available for download.
- 1968 - The Standard & Poors 500 index closed over 100 for the first time in history on June 4, 1968. Source: Closing milestones of the S&P 500 Index
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