How to Pay Down Student Loans

How to Pay Down Student Loans

Student debt is a real problem for many college graduates.  Over 70% of students will graduate with loans in 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal, and the average debt per borrower is an astounding $35,000.  What are some of the best ways to pay down that student debt as quickly as possible?

Roth VS. Traditional 401(k) - Calculators and Behavior

Roth VS. Traditional 401(k) - Calculators and Behavior

If you’ve been reading my blog you’d know that I think Roth savings are a great opportunity for many, many investors.  If you plan to max out your contributions this year you can effective save more by saving in a Roth, whether an IRA or 401(k).  Recently I’ve run across a common calculator available on the internet.  When a user puts in their details it is supposed to help you compare saving in a Roth 401(k) or traditional 401(k).  However, the default assumption is that when you decide how much to contribute you will reduce the amount you will be saving in a Roth by the amount of taxes you would have to pay.  That seems like something a rational investor would do, right?

Why a Market Crash May Be Good For Your Investments

Suppose that you’re a middle-aged professional with a 30 year retirement time horizon. Your portfolio is 100% invested in U.S. equities–it consists of 100 shares of the S&P 500, worth $187K at current market prices.  Assuming that the fundamentals remain unchanged, which outcome would leave you wealthier at retirement: (1) for the S&P 500 to soar 200% in a glorious bubble-like melt-up, or (2) for the S&P 500 to plunge 66% in a brutal Depression-like crash?