Are you ready to begin your investing journey? This entry is a step-by-step guide on how to buy your first ETF. You’ll learn how to avoid common pitfalls new investors face. You’ll also find out about best practices for every subsequent purchase. Before you begin… Many uninitiated investors make the mistake of jumping too fast…Continue readingYour first ETF purchase
You’ve probably heard of a stock exchange before. After all, it’s your supermarket for stocks and ETFs. But do you know how exchanges work? In this entry, you’ll learn how markets clear, what’s the bid and the ask price, what’s liquidity, and what type of order you should use when. From financial markets to exchanges…Continue readingExchanges, liquidity and order types
The time value of money is a critical concept in finance. It affects the value of every financial asset. From stocks & bonds to mortgages. Yet the meaning of ‘time value of money’ often remains cryptic. What exactly is the time value of money? And how does it affect you? The intuition behind time value…Continue readingTime value of money and the compounding effect
We shouldn’t time the market, yet we do In the entry market timing and perspectives on why to avoid it we saw evidence that market timing is a bad idea. Yet many of us still find it difficult to refrain from it. At least implicitly. It almost feels like it’s human nature to try time…Continue readingWhy is it so difficult not to time the market?
This entry builds on the first part of investing 101. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out that one first! Choosing your asset classes How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case. Robert G. Allen An asset class is a grouping of…Continue readingInvesting 101 (2/2)
Investing means to allocate money in the expectation of a future benefit. It’s a core pillar of your personal finance. But before you invest in any financial product, you should invest in your own financial literacy. This entry level guide will provide you with the essential background knowledge that you need before you start your…Continue readingInvesting 101 (1/2)
Timing the market is a typical beginners mistake. You’ve probably done it already. What does it mean to time the market? And why should you avoid market timing? Let’s find out. What is market timing? “There will be a correction in the next 3-6 months”. “Better to wait until prices drop further”. “We’ve seen the…Continue readingMarket timing and perspectives on why to avoid it