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401(k) Vesting: What It Is and Why It Matters

You’ve almost certainly heard that if you’re saving for retirement, taking full advantage of your 401(k) employer match should be your first step. That match

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The Pros and Cons of Investing With Robo Advisors

The last few decades have been very good for individual investors. Vanguard introduced the first publicly available index fund in 1976, and since then index

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I’d Rather Be ‘Average’ Than Broke

When you read up on investing, it’s easy to get the sense that there’s one way to invest for “average” people, and another way to

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Everything You Need to Know About Expense Ratios

If you want better investment returns, one of the smartest things you can do is find lower-cost investments. Not only are smaller fees a good

12.27.16
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The Glass-Steagall Act, Explained

Glass-Steagall refers to four sections of the Banking Act of 1933, which were set to remedy the absolute power of the financial sector by creating a

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Binary Options Trading: A Not-So-Cheap Thrill

Binary options trading might sound like a complex, technologically advanced thing to do, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you can understand prop

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Best Options Brokers for 2017

Like many people, I was intimidated by options when I first started investing almost 10 years ago. They seemed complicated, because they are. It soon

09.26.16
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Best Online Brokers for Beginners

Meet the Author Jeff Reeves is a financial commentator with 20 years of newsroom and stock market experience. His work has appeared in numerous finance

09.16.16

TD Ameritrade Review

TD Ameritrade’s prices are slightly higher than its competitors, but the services it provides more than make up for it. is one of the largest

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Best Day Trading Platforms of 2017

There’s a lot of talk these days about index investing and passive money management. Many investment firms are streamlining operations to reduce their expenses and

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Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2017

I’ve had an online stock trading account since I was 13 years old. I’ve used at least a dozen of the best online stock trading

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How Can I Buy Stocks Online?

That you can buy stocks online is no surprise — what can’t you buy online anymore? However, knowing you can buy stocks online is different

05.16.16
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Should New College Grads Pay Down Student Loans, or Start Investing?

Read any personal finance site and you’re going to find the same piece of advice over and over again: Start saving and investing as early and

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Can Socially Responsible Investing Add Meaning to Your Money?

How would you like to earn a little money while also making the world a better place? That’s the premise behind socially responsible investing, a

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How to Choose the Right Mix of Investments for Your Personal Goals

There are only a few investment decisions that really matter. Your savings rate is one of them. The amount you pay for your investments is

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How to Handle This (or Any) Stock Market Slump

It’s been a rough year for investors so far. As I write this, the U.S. stock market is down more than 10% since Jan. 1. That’s a

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A Surprisingly Easy Way to Predict Future Investment Returns

In August of 2010 the renowned investment research company Morningstar released the results of a study they had conducted to determine the best way to

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Smart Money? Colleges Divest from Fossil Fuels, Dodge the Oil Bust

Last year was the hottest year ever, handily beating the previous record — set in 2014. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have