Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2016

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

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Budgeting Software Showdown: Alternatives to Mint.com

Since its founding in 2006, Mint.com has grown from a small financial startup into a formidable personal finance tool with more than 15 million users.

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Risk, Return, and Relationships

Have you ever been in a meaningful relationship with another person? It could be a friend. Or a parent. Or a sibling. Or a significant

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Rent-to-Own Homes, Explained

“If you’re renting, you’re just throwing your money away.” No doubt you’ve heard this oversimplification many places. Of course, a decision about whether to rent

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The Secret to Getting a College Kid to Start Investing

I am 28, and my sister is 19. That kind of age gap presents positives and negatives. One clear positive for me is that I

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So the U.S. Has a Lot of Debt. What Does That Mean for Me?

If you’ve been watching the national news lately, one of the topics creeping back into the discussion is the federal debt ceiling. Our nation’s debt

10.18.15
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Is This Your Last Chance to Refinance?

If you follow any sort of financial news, it’s hard to escape buzz about interest rates. After intense scrutiny from every corner of the media,

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Should You Continue Investing in a Bear Market?

She’s up. She’s down. And according to many industry experts, she’s spiraling into a bear market, or what many would call an ongoing decline in stock

10.14.15
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TradeKing Review: Can a Discount Broker Meet Your Investing Needs?

TradeKing is a discount online financial trading platform. Why “discount”? As you’ll see below, its fees are lower than those of many other online brokers.

10.11.15
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The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

“Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.” — Warren Buffett Buffett’s quote seems to state the

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Being a Pro Athlete Made Me a Terrible Investor

After much thought and deliberation, I’ve developed a theory on why such a staggering amount of NFL and NBA players go broke shortly after retiring.

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Robinhood Review: Free Is the New $7 Stock Trade

Did you ever think you could trade stocks for free? Before the dawn of the Internet, it might have cost $50 or $100 to trade a

09.25.15
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Clearing the Smog Surrounding Annuities

I’m convinced that annuities are the most misunderstood financial and insurance product in the financial services universe today. I think there are several reasons for

09.14.15
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Why I’m Willing to Bet Your Retirement Projection Is Flawed

My industry, the business of providing financial advice, should be ashamed of itself. We’re supposed to be professionals versed in the knowledge of investments, financial

09.10.15
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Interest-Only Mortgages Are Making a Comeback

By Peter Miller Interest-only mortgages are back, a return which many people will likely regard with some anxiety. After all, weren’t interest-only loans one of those

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E*Trade vs. Scottrade

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

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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

09.02.15
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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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