Stocks vs. Real Estate

Both real estate and stocks have had their day, but the question you need answered is this: Which contender is the superior long-term bet today?

Effort
Round 6
Effort
Stocks are the easy winner here. Owning property - even your own house - can be a pain in the neck. Every time you turn around you have to fix, or pay to fix, the havoc wrought by a mechanical or natural disaster.

Some folks may thrill to the drama of termites and broken pipes, but that's a pretty small group. If you consider such events nuisances, you're better off sitting in a plush chair and choosing from a manageable list of big, well-know stocks (see the Sivy 70). Or choosing mutual funds that are run by a professional manager or that track an index.

Performance Leverage Costs Taxes Transparency Effort Volatility Diversification Decision
Shoppers finally have the upper hand. Here's how to maximize that advantage. (more)
2 families were struggling to sell their homes. Money Magazine came up with 11 simple moves to help. (more)
These million-dollar mansions are located in neighborhoods where the median income can top $500,000. (more)
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.