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

05.01.16
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How to Choose Investments in Your 401(k)

Your 401(k) is the first place you should look when you start investing. The account is already open, so all you have to do is

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Is Building a New Home a Better Deal Than Buying an Existing One?

Just the other day, a friend of mine argued that building a new home is more cost efficient than buying an existing property. Her new home

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Our Nine Biggest Missteps on the Road to Financial Independence – and How We Are Fixing Them

Over the past 10 years, my wife and I have paid off literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt on salaries that, except for one

04.23.16
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10 Things You Need to Do Before You Start Investing

Over the years, I’ve answered literally thousands of questions from readers in the weekly Reader Mailbag articles here on The Simple Dollar (these great questions

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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

04.04.16
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Four Ways to Use a Roth IRA That Have Nothing to Do With Retirement

The Roth IRA is one of the most widely touted retirement accounts, and for good reason. It’s one of the only accounts that offers tax-free

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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

03.09.16
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Why ‘Beating the Stock Market’ Is a Lie

Marvin writes in: I don’t understand why ‘beating the stock market’ is such a big deal. In theory, couldn’t you just buy a stock at

03.03.16
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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to 401(k) Plans

Since day one, I’ve been an advocate for people taking advantage of the 401(k) plans offered in their workplace. It is an incredibly useful tool

02.29.16
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Good Investing Goes Beyond the Stock Market

When people talk about investing, they almost always talk about the stock market. Heck, if you check out my archives here at The Simple Dollar,

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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

02.15.16
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Investment Calculator: Is Your Financial Plan on Track?

Creating a long-term investment plan is essential if you hope to enjoy a secure retirement, pay for end-of-life care, and leave something behind for your

02.11.16
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What Should I Do With My Newfound Money?

It happens several times in the lives of most adults. For some unexpected reason, you suddenly have more money than you had yesterday. Maybe that

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Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad

Millennials, many of whom are burdened with huge student debt loads, have been slow to buy their first homes — holding up the housing economy to some

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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

01.24.16
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What to Do With Your 401(k) When You Change Jobs

What happens to the money in your company retirement account when you leave your job? Does it have to stay there? Do you lose any

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