11.21.16
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Why Do You Want to Beat the Market?

Just about every investor at some point compares his or her investment returns to the market. Professional investment managers advertise their services by comparing their performance to

Can Alternative Credit Scoring Help You Get a Mortgage?

By Peter Miller Lenders have an ongoing problem: No matter how many loans they create, they want to make even more. And that brings us

11.08.16
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Best Brokers For Penny Stock Trading of 2017

For most investors, a simple buy-and-hold portfolio of index funds is the way to go. The majority of my own portfolio, which I’ve been managing

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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

11.07.16
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Can You Use Life Insurance as a Retirement Investment?

At some point in your life you will almost certainly be pitched the idea of life insurance as an investment. The pitch will sound good. It

11.02.16

Vanguard Review

Vanguard is an excellent choice for investors thinking about retirement, but if you intend to actively trade, you can find a better deal elsewhere. is

10.31.16
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Zillow Zestimate vs. Reality: How Much Is My House Worth?

Almost everyone these days begins their search for a new home inside their old home. That is, if you’re looking to buy (or sell) a house, you’re

10.26.16
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Best Discount Brokers of 2017

Whether you’re an active day-trader who makes several trades a week, or a patient buy-and-hold investor who just makes a few trades a year, you

10.25.16
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Merrill Edge Review

Merrill Edge is a full-service broker with low fees that’s free to access for Bank of America customers, but isn’t the best option for experienced

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What Is Investing? How Do I Start?

Tell me if this sounds familiar. At some point earlier in your life, you had no sense whatsoever about your finances. For whatever reason –

10.21.16
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401k Contribution Limits for 2017

If you work for a traditional employer, there’s a good chance you’re saving for retirement in a 401k (or some variant, such as a 403b for

10.17.16
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Why You’re Guaranteed to Lose Money in the Stock Market

Let’s say you loan me $10 dollars and a few months later I haven’t paid you back. So you ask me for your money, and

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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

10.13.16
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TradeKing Review

TradeKing offers low prices with a robust platform, but it falls short on mutual funds, ETFs, and it charges an inactivity fee. Launched in 2005,

10.11.16
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How to Choose the Best Mortgage

You’ve found a home you love. That’s great! But for most buyers, it’s only half the battle — next you have to secure a mortgage. The idea

10.03.16
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Roth IRA vs. 529 Plan: Which Is Best for College Savings?

College is expensive, and the cost continues to rise. It’s enough to make any parent nervous about whether they’ll be able to provide their children

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

09.23.16
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Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: Retirement Showdown

An IRA, or individual retirement account, offers a tax-advantaged way to sock away money for retirement. There are actually many types of IRAs, but for most