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For anyone unfamiliar with the stock market, the idea of investing can sound distressing, intimidating, and confusing at best. There are plenty of reasons you might feel like this, and you’re not alone! According to the NY Times, only ⅓ of millennials aged 22–37 currently hold stock and 80% of those investors describe their investing strategy as conservative. However, with some basic knowledge of the stock market and the economy, you can already get started valuing stocks and investing. Let’s start by defining stock investing in the simplest terms:

Simple Breakdown…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

There seems to be an unfair amount of negativity and criticism surrounding young investors with limited experience. Truth is, the biggest difference that separates beginner and intermediate investors is the mistakes they make. Not because seasoned investors don’t make mistakes, but rather, they’ve used their past experiences to learn and grow from the mistakes they’ve made when they were starting out.

If you’re an investor with less than 5 years of experience, you have a great opportunity to identify and learn from your (or others’) mistakes, so you can strive to…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

If you’re not yet familiar with the concept of an Investment Club, check out this post.

Investment clubs exist for mutual benefit; beyond the obvious lack of management fees, there are logical and emotional reasons as participants consider starting an investment club to utilize the collective knowledge to increase their wealth and status.

If you’re wondering whether or not you should you start an investment club, here are 4 reasons you may want to consider:

1.) Fees seriously hurt returns

We all know this intuitively, yet a surprising number of us have accepted this drag on…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

If you’ve ever worked on a team project, you understand the value of collaboration. Whether you’re strategizing on the best way to handle a difficult client or working together to meet a stressful deadline, there’s strength in numbers. Regardless of the project, when a group of people with diverse skills and interests work towards a shared goal, they are often able to achieve greater than if they acted individually.

With people you know and trust by your side, you can feel confident that you’re making informed decisions. That’s the idea behind…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

Do you know that feeling when you leave money in your jacket pocket, only to find it years later? The excitement and euphoria you experience because now you’re $10 richer than you thought? That’s exactly what compound interest is like. Unlike that crumpled tener in your pocket though, the phenomenon of compound interest can be lived over and over again.

The “Live Now, Save Later” Attitude

Truth is, too many people plan on “living now and saving later”. …


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the pessimism surrounding millennials and money. There are countless articles about how the younger generation, in particular, is struggling to become financially independent based on their spending and living habits. A few forecasted potential realities included lower marriage rates, higher student debt, and more young adults living at home due to increasing housing costs. In fact, The Institute for College Access & Success found that 71% of all students, or 1.3 million people, attending four-year colleges will graduate with student loan debt.

If you’re currently…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

The day you threw your cap in the air and rejoiced about graduating was likely accompanied by a short-lived feeling of euphoria and relief. When your cap came back down to the ground and reality set in, you might have experienced the sinking feeling of, what now? Combine that thought with a crushing average of $39,400 of student loan debt post-graduation, and you’re off to a stressful start to your future.

There’s no doubt that student debt is a staggering issue in the United States. According to Student Loan Hero, student…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

A great stock watchlist allows you to spend less time getting your portfolio to the next level.

What is a watchlist?

A stock watchlist is a list of stocks that you monitor because you are interested in buying them once they meet a certain investment criteria; this list allows you to make more informed and well-timed investment decisions.

The stocks that will live on your watchlist are stocks that you are familiar with and that you have researched. Typically, an investor will monitor the list either daily or weekly and place a trade once certain criteria have been met. …


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Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

Put $1000 in a savings account for an entire year and you would earn a mere 60¢ on that chunk of money.

You know better than to leave your money in an account earning 0.06%. So now you’re faced with the daunting task of creating an investment portfolio. Assuming you already know how to get money into an investment account, there are two things you need to know:

  1. How to pick a stock (what to invest in) and;
  2. How to allocate your money between assets (how much to invest in each stock)

So, how do you pick a stock?

As you are just starting out, complicated valuation models are out of the question. A likelier option is implementing the popular…


Originally published on www.myvoleo.com on the Investment Community Blog.

If you remember Facebook’s IPO back in 2012, you might also remember its rocky start. For an entire year, Facebook’s stock performed poorly, with heavy criticism of the slow adoption rates of the social platform. During that time, you can understand how the technical hiccups and skepticism surrounding Facebook’s profitability might have influenced shareholders to sell their stock. Today, Facebook is worth over $226 billion and anyone holding shares at the IPO has seen their investment grow more than five times.

The situation above is the ideal setup for panic selling…

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