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Everything You Need to Know About Expense Ratios

If you want better investment returns, one of the smartest things you can do is find lower-cost investments. Not only are smaller fees a good

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Lean Financial Independence: Early Retirement on a Supertight Budget

Sarah and I are at an interesting crossroads in our financial journey, one we’ve alluded to a few times recently. As we’ve said before, our

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Best Roth IRA Accounts for 2017

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

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Rules of the Roth IRA: Income Limits, Contributions, and More

For many financial growth professionals, Roth IRAs are the most exciting play in the retirement savings game. It’s easy to understand why: tax-free growth and

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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

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Why Save for Retirement If You Have Social Security?

Dana asks a great question: My husband and I are in our early forties. Our house is paid off in the last year and we

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Do Non-Deductible IRA Contributions Ever Make Sense?

Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs are fantastic retirement accounts, but not everyone is allowed take advantage of the tax benefits they offer. Roth IRAs are

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Why Retirement Is Out and Financial Independence Is In

“How late it is to begin to live just when we must cease to live. What foolish forgetfulness of mortality to postpone wholesome plans to

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Five Key Things to Think About If You’re Considering a Path to Early Retirement

Going down a path toward retiring early, whether you’re in the middle of your career and looking to just shave a few years off or

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2017 IRA Contribution Limits and Rules

Whether you don’t have access to a work-sponsored retirement plan, you’re unimpressed with your 401(k), or you simply want to save more each year, an IRA is a

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Your Vision for Retirement – and How to Save for It

Retirement means different things to different people. To my parents, it largely means a simple day-to-day life. It means plenty of time to engage in

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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

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