Paul Merriman
Sound Investing For Every Stage of Life 


After Rich Buck and I submit an article for the Marketwatch site, we post it on our website.  While we would like each article to be helpful to our readers, some are definitely more helpful than others.

I recently reviewed all of the articles we have submitted.  They published all but a couple as they concluded I was being too hard on Wall Street.  Of course I don’t think I’m as hard as I could or should be.  In many cases Wall Street advice is leaving retirees with literally half of what they should have to live on and leave to those they love.

The following are the articles that I believe are the most potentially life changing for our readers and their families.

I have given the link to the article on our site but each article has a link to the Marketwatch article.  If you link to the Marketwatch article you can read the many comments from readers, and in some cases, my response.

If you have a favorite article that is not on the list,  let me know why and I will consider it in the next update.

The ultimate buy-and-hold portfolio

30 reasons to fall in love with index funds

Here’s how investors can fine tune their bond-to-stock allocation 

Do you think you have enough to retire?

The ultimate retirement-distribution strategy 

12 numbers you need to know for retirement

The ultimate all-value equity portfolio 

How to double your target-date retirement fund’s return in a single move

10 things you should know about portfolio performance

A half a percent that can change your retirement

Buy the best performing stock sector for 87 years

22 things you should know about bear markets

How to turn $3,000 into $50 million

10 can’t-fail lessons of diversification

How to use time to double your retirement income in five years

10 decisions guaranteed to change your financial future

The 10 toughest investment decisions

Don’t discount the impact of luck on your portfolio

The best investment advice ever

10 things every investor should know about asset classes 

For advanced readers I recommend articles on each of the important asset classes I think you should hold in your equity portfolio. 

Understanding performance: The S&P 500 Index

Looking for action: Try large-cap value

How to make money with small-cap stocks

Small-cap value is the gold ring of investing

10 things you need to know about REITs

Six reasons you should invest internationally

What global large-cap stocks do for your retirement portfolio

Foreign big-cap value stocks outshine U.S. counterparts

How international small-caps spice up a retirement portfolio

It’s a small world after all: International small-cap value

Tap into emerging profits from emerging markets