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Nouriel Roubini Offering Free Access for Financial Crisis

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

We advise you to sign up for RGE Monitor, run by Nouriel Roubini.

We aren’t economists, here at StocksAndMutualFunds.com.

We are investors, and we’re web developers; but we’re not economists.

For real economists, you usually have to pay.

Usually.

One of the best economists in the world is Nouriel Roubini.

He is a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he is highly sought after for his advice by think tanks and politicians.

He started talking about the U.S. national debt in the nineties. He started talking about the housing bubble in 2004. He started talking about the credit crunch in 2005.

He’s on top of things in a way that most of us, who work too many hours per week to adequately inform ourselves, can be.

His online service, RGE Monitor (short for Roubini Global Economic Monitor), is available at rgemonitor.com, and it contains a number of useful, if controversial, points of view about the current state of our economy.

Usually he offers his premium service for hundreds of dollars per year.

During this economic crisis, premium services at rgemonitor.com are free.

We are in no way affiliated with Nouriel Roubini or rgemonitor.com, and we only see this as a way to educate our readership in a way that we are not capable.

The legislation currently running through the U.S. Congress will need additional legislation to make it work for the long term. The Paulson Plan is a short-term solution, which will be ineffective come January 20, 2009, when we will have a new president and a new Congress.

It is of unequivocal importance that our citizens take the time to educate themselves about the oncoming economic crisis that this bill is prolonging (not avoiding, but prolonging).

The first step in educating yourself is getting acquainted with Nouriel Roubini’s ideas, particularly his HOME plan, which combines relief for lenders (banks, investors), as well as homeowners.

As web publishers, there are a lot of things we want our readership to do:
— Make good financial decisions about their futures and retirement
— Sign up for brokers we recommend
— Retire comfortably and early
— Protect their nest eggs so that they have something to pass on to the next generation

As citizens of the United States, however, we want our readership to educate themselves about the dangers of the credit markets that are looming beyond bad mortgages.

The crises we’re now experiencing are only symptoms of larger problems described by Mr. Roubini.

We do not make recommendations on stocks, or mutual funds. We just report what’s going on.

This is our first recommendation since our founding in early 2006:

Signup for rgemonitor.com now, while it’s free.

It is an unprecedented opportunity to educate yourself on the potential crises ahead, and an outline for how to protect yourself and your assets during these difficult times.

Start Investing With Just $100

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

While there really is no comparison to a professional investment adviser to help make investing decisions, for most people it’s just too expensive to get that advice. Further, most advice centers on investing with $1,000 or $10,000, and most just don’t have that to risk in the stock market.

We’re going to tell you how to do it with as little as $100.

Ultimately, whether you have $100 or $1,000,000, the story is the same: create a diverse portfolio of stocks and bonds that will withstand stock market dips while increasing in value over the long term.

Here are three simple steps to achieve this with $100:

  1. Open a brokerage account with a discount broker that has no investment minimums and low transaction fees. We recommend Zecco, which offers 40 free trades per month and no hidden fees or account minimums.
  2. Fund the account. This is where you send money to the account by check, wire transfer, or automated clearing house (ACH). ACH is preferred because it is faster than a check and wire transfers are relatively expensive.
  3. Make your first investment.

You’re going to want, as mentioned earlier, a widely diverse portfolio that covers all sectors and countries. You can’t exactly do that with $100 if you’re going to invest in stocks. Also, corporate bonds and mutual funds are out, since they require more capital than $100.

ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), however, are like mutual funds that trade on the stock market, and you can purchase partial shares. Many ETFs track widely diverse indices, such as the S&P 500 or the MSCI-EAFE global index, or the Lehman Brother Aggregate Bond Index.

If you were to invest $100 in a different ETF every month for three months, you could have a well-diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds that would withstand most market volatility while steadily growing as the market does over time.

Of course, you would want to add to your investment on a regular basis, and I would invest no less than $100 at a time to keep transaction fees from limiting your growth. And when your account reaches $10,000 you’ll want to seek professional advice or at least move your funds over to traditional mutual funds, which typically have lower cost structures and are easier to manage.

But this is a pretty simple, inexpensive way to start investing.