I will be continuously updating this page over time with a variety of resources that I have found to be useful for managing my finances and expanding my knowledge of investing and trading. I may receive a small commission for referring people to some of these, but any product I promote on this page is one that I have personally used or use. I’ll never recommend something just for the sake of potentially making a quick buck.
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The book that got me into dividend investing. A real gem. If you could only read one book on the subject matter, this would be it.
The system I use to trade currencies. If you are interested in Forex swing trading and looking for a sound strategy that will make you profitable in the long run, this book is a must-read.
The stock brokerage with whom I hold my equities. Robinhood is a newer, commission-free brokerage, and my experience with them so far has been absolutely fantastic.
Yes, Robinhood really does offer 100% commission-free transactions. There’s no catch. I also personally do not get any commission or compensation of any kind for recommending them, just in case you were wondering. I would highly suggest you give them a whirl. You really don’t have anything to lose!
The Forex brokerage I use to trade currencies. They have transparent, very reasonable commission rates and No-Dealing-Desk, ECN execution. Their spreads have no markups and are extremely low (under 1 pip for most majors). If you have less than $2000 in capital, you can even open a “mini account” which allows you to trade with as little as 50 bucks. Mini accounts are commission-free, but they are subject to Dealing-Desk execution and slightly higher spreads.
FXCM offers support for a variety of trading platforms, including the popular Metatrader 4. I personally use their proprietary “Trading Station” platform, as I find it to be better than anything else I’ve tried.
Pretty much the go-to budgeting software. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably at least heard of Mint. I use it to create budgets and keep track of all my expenses. It works great and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. And it’s free, and free shit is awesome.
Much like Mint, Personal Capital allows you to monitor your finances and set up budgets, though I personally slightly prefer Mint’s interface. However, Personal Capital also gives you some handy tools to track your investments, and this is an area where, in my opinion, it outshines Mint. As such, I use the latter for budgeting and expense tracking, and the former solely for my investments. Like Mint, Personal Capital is totally free.
A fun little calculator that I coded, this tool allows you to enter hypothetical parameters to model how your dividend income would increase over time. I highly recommend checking it out, as it presents the power of compounding in an eye-opening, tangible way.
All for an easy one-time payment of $999.99. Just kidding, it’s free ;P