In light of the recent economic volatility, a lot of people are wondering what's going to happen next. No one can see the future, but I want to paint a broad picture of what could likely happen, and how it will affect you in 2009.
Like many young people my first priority after high school was to go to college. However, upon doing further research (hours of Googling and browsing Craigslist for jobs), the future employment market for college grads didn't seem as lucrative as it had been made out to be. So I took the opposite approach. I figured I could get a house and rent out the rooms for income when I was ready to attend school.
The stock market is complicated. Most people only invest through their 401k or IRA retirement plans. It takes a person obsessed with money, or at least numbers, to truly enjoy watching the stock market. From afar it's just a bunch of meaningless graphs and charts, but there's a lot more to it than that.
Investing can seem like a complicated and mysterious beast. How are we supposed to make sense of all of the jibber-jabbery jargon and numbers? Company-matching 401ks, Roth IRAs maxed out at $5,500 annually, $3,000 minimum investments, $8.95 fees for every trade, any time you trade and many more mind-boggling figures.
April 15 is Tax Day, and nearly 90 percent of people have already received their refunds. The average refund at this point? $2,893.
Got a passion in need of promotion? If you need a little help raising money for a cause (no matter what it is), you’ll probably want to take a few notes.
We won't be surprised if you haven't heard these stories in the media, but they're important because they impact our young, thin wallets.
If you’re new to the stock market, you may have been told on more than one occasion not to obsess over your portfolio on a daily basis, and for good reason. Depending on the nature and amount of your investments, it’s very possible to see your balance take a dive to the tune of several hundred or several thousand dollars in a mere 24-hour span.