08.23.16
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E*Trade vs. TD Ameritrade

In the age of the internet, average investors are able to control and closely monitor their own investments through online stock brokerages in a way that never

08.22.16
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What to Do If Your 401(k) Stinks

Your 401(k) is often the easiest place to start investing because the account is already set up for you and your contributions can automatically be

08.19.16

How to Find the Best CD Rates in 2016

The first thing you should ask yourself before searching for the best CD rates is how long you’re OK being without your money. Maybe you’re

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Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2016

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

08.17.16
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How and Where to Open a Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is one of the coolest parts of the tax code. Basically, you put aside money for retirement that you’ve already paid taxes on.

08.11.16
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The Six Things I Care About Most When Looking at an Investment

For most people, one of the most intimidating parts of signing up for a 401(k) or a Roth IRA or another investment account is looking

08.08.16
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How to Choose the Right Retirement Account

You want your retirement savings working as hard for you as possible. The harder your money works, the quicker you’ll get to retirement, and the

08.07.16
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Five Home Flaws Worth Overlooking for a Better Deal

By almost any standard, it’s a competitive housing market out there. National real estate brokerage Redfin said June marked the fastest and most competitive housing market since the

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Why Expenses Really Matter When It Comes to Your Investments

So, how exactly does an investment house make money? Let’s use Vanguard as an example. You can go there, sign up for an investment account

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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

07.25.16
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Why and How to Open a Roth IRA for Your Child

The Roth IRA is one of the most powerful retirement tools available, giving you the benefits of tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals. It’s also an

07.18.16
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Retirement Investing 101: The Basics of an IRA

One of the best strategies to save for retirement is to use a tax-advantaged account such as a 401(k) or 403(b) offered through your employer. However,

07.15.16
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How Much House Can I Afford?

I often receive emails from readers concerning whether or not the sender can afford a particular house – or how much house they can afford.

07.13.16
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What Is a Brokerage Account and How Do I Open One?

So you’ve got your emergency fund taken care of — great! Now what? While you need cash you can easily access in the event of an emergency, once

07.09.16
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Why Don’t Professional Investors “Beat the Market”?

My strategy for investing is really simple. I ignore all of the talk about individual stocks and mutual funds that you’ll find in places like

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12 Key Principles of Goal-Oriented Personal Finance

Different people approach personal finance in different ways. Some people simply like to follow “rules,” like “put 10% of your money toward retirement” or “spend

07.04.16
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Do Target-Date Retirement Funds Hit the Mark?

Target-date retirement funds were originally created by Barclays in 1993 as a way to make it easier for regular investors to get access to a

06.20.16
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Investing in International Stocks: Does Your Portfolio Need a Passport?

If you’re an American, is investing in the U.S. stock market good enough on its own? Or do you need to invest in international stock

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