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Andrew Black is a personal finance and investment writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in creating passive income and financial security through value investing and real estate.
Betterment Review – Insider Investing Scoop
  • Betterment Review – Insider Investing Scoop

Betterment Review – Insider Investing Scoop

By |October 11th, 2017|

Betterment Review – Insider Investing Scoop
Betterment in a Nutshell
Betterment remains the most well-known robo-advisor in the market, with more than a quarter-million clients and $10 Billion in assets managed. We think Betterment is pretty much perfect for new investors who don’t want to spend many hours learning about investment. It’s also a great place […]

How to Tell If a Cryptocurrency is Undervalued
  • How to Tell If a Cryptocurrency is Undervalued

How to Tell If a Cryptocurrency is Undervalued

By |August 17th, 2017|

Money continues to pour into cryptocurrencies, both for Bitcoin and the seemingly endless supply of altcoins (Ethereum, NEO, ARK, etc.). Traditional investors see incredible returns happening literally overnight, but many don’t know how to begin evaluating these digital coins for value.

In stock market investing, publicly traded companies always have balance sheets. Here investors […]

Alan Greenspan Predicts Imminent Bond Market Collapse
  • Alan Greenspan Predicts Imminent Bond Market Collapse

Alan Greenspan Predicts Imminent Bond Market Collapse

By |August 9th, 2017|

Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, has been making headlines after suggesting that government bonds may be a bubble about to burst. Greenspan is no stranger to calling crises before they occur. His “irrational exuberance” speech which preceded the Dot-Com bubble created a term that has helped define the latter part of […]

Groupon ($GRPN) is on the Rise. Is it Worth Buying?
  • Groupon ($GRPN) is on the Rise. Is it Worth Buying?

Groupon ($GRPN) is on the Rise. Is it Worth Buying?

By |August 8th, 2017|

It may or may not have been a long time since you last used a Groupon. For many, the couponing giant has all but disappeared, but for others it appears more vital than ever. After a sudden 8% jump at the beginning of August, a 42% rise since June, and a solid Q2, investors […]

Are Index Funds Wrecking Capitalism? Paul Singer Thinks So
  • Are Index Funds Wrecking Capitalism? Paul Singer Thinks So

Are Index Funds Wrecking Capitalism? Paul Singer Thinks So

By |August 5th, 2017|

Passive investing is all the rage, with more than $500 billion torrenting into companies like Vanguard and Blackrock. Passive investing is typically accomplished with ETFs and/or index funds, which are comprised of all of the stocks within a specific market index. Thus, the funds grow (or shrink) in value at the same rate as […]

Can Philip Morris ($PM) Stay Strong Through FDA Cigarette Crunch?

By |July 28th, 2017|

You can’t say that Philip Morris isn’t persistent. If you’re more than a couple of decades old, you’ll recall numerous attacks to the tobacco giant and their competitors. “Attacks” doesn’t imply these events were unwarranted.

Big tobacco companies like PM had the gall to claim that it was impossible to know if cigarette smoke […]

Don’t Sleep on Nvidia ($NVDA)
  • Don’t Sleep on Nvidia ($NVDA)

Don’t Sleep on Nvidia ($NVDA)

By |July 21st, 2017|

People who own Nvidia stock are a happy bunch. The technology stock company continues to soar upward, height on height, with no end in sight. But, because we don’t see stocks like this everyday, and because the average investor has a sketchy notion at best about what Nvidia even does, people are missing opportunities […]

Using Your 401(k) To Fund Your New Business With No Tax Penalty
  • Using Your 401(k) To Fund Your New Business With No Tax Penalty

Using Your 401(k) To Fund Your New Business With No Tax Penalty

By |July 19th, 2017|

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Guidant Financial for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you become financially literate, you start to learn tips and tricks that the average person knows nothing about. One of our favorites is Rollovers for Business Startups – a way to use your 401(K) […]

Is the Market Going to Crash or Not: Comparing Two Perspectives
  • Is the Market Going to Crash or Not: Comparing Two Perspectives

Is the Market Going to Crash or Not: Comparing Two Perspectives

By |July 14th, 2017|

As the stock market has steadily surpassed its own record highs all summer long, two distinct personalities have emerged among investors. Bulls and Bears both have ample ammunition to deploy Optimism or the classic combo of Fear, Uncertainty, and Despair (FUD). The question is: which opinion is right, if either?

To illustrate this perspective […]

Stocks to Buy and Hold for 5 Years ($JNJ, $RACE, $COST, $BUD, etc.)
  • Stocks to Buy and Hold for 5 Years ($JNJ, $RACE, $COST, $BUD, etc.)

Stocks to Buy and Hold for 5 Years ($JNJ, $RACE, $COST, $BUD, etc.)

By |July 12th, 2017|

Even though day trading gets all the press, I remain an advocate for Buy and Hold. The investment strategy has a number of benefits, including 1) lower taxes paid for long term capital gains (stocks owned for more than 1 year), and 2) you don’t have to be glued to a screen constantly, trying […]