Tag Archives: Individual Investors

401(k)s for the Self-Employed

Guest post by Contributing Editor, Matthew Amster-Burton, Mint.com.

Every once in a while, I receive a stack of paper in the mail from Vanguard addressed to “Plan Administrator,” which gives me an undeserved sense of self-importance.

No, I didn’t select “Plan Administrator” from a drop-down list of salutations that also included “Dr.,” “Lord,” and “Marquis”; I am actually the administrator of a 401(k) plan. The plan has one participant. Guess who? Continue reading

Individual Investors Dip Toe Back into Stocks: Wall Street Journal Warns Top May Be Near

The “dumb” money (ie. that of individual investors) is back in the stock market — and that means the market likely is at its peak, according to the Wall Street Journal. The evidence: rising investment in ETFs and equity mutual funds, as tracked by EPFR Global. The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) also found a striking growth in bullish sentiment when polling its members last week (graphic courtesy of the WSJ): Continue reading

Portfolio Investing 101: David Neubert

How would you build a portfolio?

We put that question recently to David Neubert.

A man of wide experience, Neubert spent ten years at Morgan Stanley in a number of trading roles including head of Global Portfolio and Program Trading. Then he moved on to Lehman Brothers where he was Head of Equity Trading Strategy and Technology for a couple of years.  He knows how the big institutions on the Street trade. After retiring (early!) in 2005, he spent a few years working on investor education initiatives. Continue reading