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What to Do If You Think the Stock Market Is About to Start Going Down

The stock market has been on an unprecedented run of success over the last decade or so. Here are the average annual returns of the

11.03.17
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Don’t Let These Fears Stop You From Investing

If investing scares you or feels out of reach, you can take heart in the fact that you’re not alone. A recent survey commissioned by

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Even the Experts Can’t Beat the Market. Why Would You?

There’s this idea out there, perpetuated by financial professionals and online “experts” alike, that if you take the right approach, do the right research, and

10.22.17
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Eight Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Anything

There’s no shortage of investment recommendations out there. Your family members have opinions. Your friend that works for that financial company has suggestions. The internet

10.03.17
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Withdrawal Rate and What It Means for You

One of the most important factors to consider when thinking about retirement is your withdrawal rate. It comes up time and time again in articles

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Are You Ready for a Stock Market Crash?

I’m not in the business of predicting stock market crashes. Plenty of so-called financial experts have died on that hill and I have no intention

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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

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Why I Chose this Controversial ‘All-Weather Portfolio’ for My Life Savings

I had a brief foray into stock market investing back in 2010. I was fresh out of college and earning my first real paycheck. I

10.22.17
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Why Employer Stock Is One of the Riskiest Investments You Can Own

I have a client who works for Apple. He’s been there for years, loves his job, makes good money, and would like to spend the

10.22.17
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Sorry, But Your Home Isn’t an ‘Investment’

“It’s the best investment I ever made!” “Why haven’t you bought a house yet? You know you’re just throwing your money away on rent, right?”

08.24.17
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10 Financial Advisors Share the Craziest Ways Clients Have Invested Their Money

Most people who hire a financial advisor do so because they truly need the help. They may have a complicated financial or tax situation, or

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Outrageous Investing Fees You Should Never, Ever Pay

Worried about paying too much in investing fees? It might be time to take stock of your investments and their ongoing costs, then search for

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All About Bonds: How They Work and When to Buy Them

Stocks get most of the play when it comes to investment news, books, and articles, with bonds typically playing the role of the sidekick. But

07.25.17
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Can This Simple Mathematical Rule Minimize Investing Regret?

I recently read a great book called “Algorithms to Live By” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. It’s a fascinating look into how computer scientists

07.18.17
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Three Myths About Your 401(k)

With traditional pensions all but disappearing, the workplace retirement plan has become the bedrock of many people’s retirement savings strategy. Four out of five Americans

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Five Reasons to Consider Investing Your Emergency Fund

You probably already know that it’s important to have an emergency fund. You know, money that keeps you out of debt and on track, even when

07.02.17
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Rebalancing: The Simple Way to Keep Your Investment Plan on Track

The best investment strategies are fairly easy to maintain. Once you’ve figured out how much to save, which accounts to use, and what your asset

10.22.17
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When and How to Use Your Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund

In an ideal world, you’d always have enough money to put toward all of your goals without making any sacrifices or compromises. But that’s not