Category Archives: In the Classroom

Buying your First Home: an Investment in the Future

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There are a few important milestones that mark the significant moments in our lives — such as graduating from college, starting a career, or getting married — and buying a first home is high on that list.  But before you take the plunge on such a monumental purchase, it is paramount that you find the answers to a number of preliminary questions, or risk being overwhelmed by the ordeal.  As you might imagine, unfamiliarity with the home buying process can cause someone to make a series of poor decisions.  This, in turn, may lead a person to purchase an unsatisfactory property (that he or she is then shackled with for the foreseeable future).

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Additional Online Brokerage Services — Mutual Funds and ETFs

‘A random walk down Wall Street’ by Sage Ross (Complete photo credits are located at the end of this article.)

Hello again!

Welcome to the third installment of Earl’s step-by-step guide to selecting an online brokerage firm.  So far in this series, we’ve discussed the importance of identifying the target demographics of online discount brokers, made some top online brokerage fee comparisons, and I even dished out some healthy advice to personal investors who are unsure where their relationships — with their stockbrokers — are headed. (Eat your heart out, Dear Abby!)

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Online Brokerage Fee Schedule Analysis — Made Easy!

<center>A brokerage firm can bleed you dry with fees if you aren't careful! (Complete photo credits are located at the bottom of this page.)</center>
A brokerage firm can bleed you dry with fees if you aren’t careful! (Complete photo credits are located at the bottom of this page.)

Welcome to the second installment of Earl’s step-by-step guide to selecting an online brokerage firm!  In this article, we’ll discuss the methods that online discount brokers employ to wrestle your hard earned money from you, wax philosophical about the relationship between brokerage firms and personal investors, and learn a handy little procedure for determining which firms offer the most cost-efficient services according to your personal investment strategy.  Moreover, I have constructed a table of values for your convenience, which includes some top online brokerage fee comparisons, located at the end of the page. (Isn’t that just swell?)

Right, then!  Let’s get to it:

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Find the Best Online Brokerage Firms (for Your Investment Strategy)

‘Wall Street — a New Era’ by Henry Han (Photo Credits are located at the end of this article.)

The “Undisputed Best” Online Brokerage Firms Myth

Welcome to Earl’s step-by-step guide to selecting an online brokerage firm!  In this multi-part tutorial, I’ll demystify the process of choosing among the many online discount brokers available, in a simple and systematic way according to your personal investment strategy and financial situation.  But, let’s be honest: if it were as easy as typing “best online brokerage firms”, or “cheapest online brokers” (or perhaps even “bestest cheapest online discount brokers”) into a search engine bar and clicking on the top result, then you wouldn’t be reading this guide.

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Mutual Fund Investing for Beginners

Mutual Fund Tutorial for the Working Man (by E.N.B.)
Finally — an easy mutual fund tutorial for the busy working Joe/Jane! (Photo credits are located at the end of this article.)

Mutual Fund Investing for Beginners

Tell me if this sounds familiar —

You work hard for your money!  At least eight hours a day (five days a week) you’re out there paying your dues and making a contribution to society — just trying to carve out that well deserved slice.  Even more than that: you’re responsible.  You aren’t drowning in debt, and every payday you squirrel away a percentage of your earnings.  As a result, you have a tidy sum lying around collecting dust — maybe in a separate savings account at the bank (earning abysmal returns), or maybe even stuffed inside your mattress (earning zero returns).

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