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E*Trade vs. Scottrade

Scottrade and E*Trade both have a reputation as leading online brokers. Beginning investors view them as easy places to get their feet wet in the world

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Not Investing Yet? Here’s How to Get Started

Everyone knows that saving for retirement is important. Unfortunately, far too many of us aren’t saving nearly as much as we should. But why? A

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A Retirement Tax Trick You May Not Know About

In my recent post I highlighted the looming problem that taxes will create for many investors when they retire due to the bulk of retirement assets

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Why You Can’t Time the Market: Thoughts on Investing in Stocks

Marcus wrote in with a great reader mailbag question that really couldn’t be answered in brief, so I expanded my answer into a post. Here’s

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And the Stock Market Outlook Is… Who Cares?!

As I write this article on the morning of Aug. 24th, the Dow just opened down over 1,000 points and CNBC is going crazy with

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The Backdoor Roth IRA

Earning too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA — and its unique tax benefits — is what most people would call a nice

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Uncle Sam Wants YOU… to Retire?

When I meet with investors, most believe health care will be their single largest expense during retirement. They’re surprised when I tell them if I

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The Best 529 Plans in America

Saving for college is overwhelming for even the most meticulous financial planners, but the best 529 plans can help you reach your goals. Simply put, a

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How Can Donald Trump Declare Bankruptcy Four Times… and Still Be a Billionaire?

By Doug Hoyes I took my family on a short vacation to New York City this summer, and we had the sense that Donald Trump’s

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Rental Property

When I was a little kid, a cousin of mine owned several rental properties in the small town near my home. This was basically his

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Roth vs. Traditional IRA: Retirement Showdown

IRAs, or individual retirement accounts, allow you to sock money away for retirement in a way that offers certain tax advantages over other savings methods.

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USDA Loans: Not Just for Farmers

If your income level, credit score, or down payment (or all of the above) are a bit too low for you to qualify for a


How Betterment Won My Retirement Account

Earlier this year, I began writing a series chronicling my decision to roll over my old 401(k) into a new IRA with an automated investment advisor

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Will Mortgage Rates Go Up if the Fed Raises Interest Rates?

By Peter Miller There’s a widespread view that if the Fed ultimately raises interest levels then mortgage rates will also rise. Financial history shows that’s

10 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

In the summer of 2007, my wife and I purchased our first home. As a first-time home buyer, I knew we needed to spend a


How to Do a 401(k) Rollover

When you leave an employer, whether it’s for a new job or retirement, you’ll probably hear about a 401(k) rollover. What does that mean, and

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

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Choosing Your Personal Financial Focus

When I first started my professional life, my main financial focus was on my career. I tried really hard to establish a great professional foundation

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