Why Is Investing So Complicated?

An economist in the New York Times admits something most of us have suspected for years: investing your money is unnecessarily complex and off-putting.

Robots and Money

On robo-advisors and why none of us really care.

The Rarity of the Alpha Investor

According to the Time, an Alpha investor is someone with “the ability to beat an index fund without adding risk to a portfolio.” If you have a retirement account or an investment account, the standard advice has been to invest in low-cost index funds and not touch your money for many many years (which is what I practice).

Investment Advice from Warren Buffett (It’s All About Low-cost Index Funds)

The latest edition of Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter champions the low-cost index fund as the smart way to invest (as we’ve mentioned previously.

How I Learned to Love Investing

Rachel Laban didn’t think she would ever invest money in the stock market—until one day when she did.

No Longer Just for the Moneyed, Financial Advisors Are Coming After All of Us

Financial advisors are no longer for the wealthy. They’re now paying attention to the mass market.

The Publicly Traded Man

Here’s a really crazy story from Wired about a 30-something-year-old man named Mike Merrill who in 2008 decided to divide himself into 100,000 shares of stock and sell himself on the open market.

Don’t Ask a Banker for Stock Tips

Billfold pal Matt Levine’s new “Ask A Banker” column is up at Planet Money.

‘Hedge Funds, LOL’

Josh Brown is an investment advisor in New York City who runs The Reformed Banker, his commentary blog covering the markets, politics, economics, media, culture and finance.

What Are Stocks?

The idea of stock should be simple really, but it’s scary, because on MSNBC, there’s this rolling ticker with hundreds of stocks on it, and they show all these graphs and talk about opening and closing prices. It’s hard to imagine that Facebook—something that I use every day to look at pictures of my friend and other people I don’t know yet—can be worth some amount one day, and then the next day, it’s worth some wildly different amount.