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  • Is your target-date fund ripping you off? CNNMoney.com - 22 hours ago

    Target-date funds have become a wildly popular option among those seeking a hands-off approach to retirement investing. But not all of these funds are created equal. Based on the year you expect to retire, ...

  • Diversification Beyond Stocks @ Investopedia - 23 hours ago

    If you think holding several stocks means you're diversified, think again - there's much more to be done to reduce portfolio risk.

  • The Lowdown On Penny Stocks @ Investopedia - 23 hours ago

    Think penny stocks will make you rich? If you don't understand the risks, you could end up penniless.

  • Accumulators: Is Your Retirement Plan on Track? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Rules of thumb won't cut it for this important question; how to customize based on your own situation.

  • Preferred Stocks versus Bonds: How to Choose @ Investopedia - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 4:00 AM EST

    What is the difference between corporate bonds and preferred stock? The following are a list of pros and cons for each investment.

  • 7 Steps To A Successful Investment Journey @ Investopedia - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 3:00 PM EST

    Before you start investing, educate yourself on financial ideas and develop a strategy that agrees with your personality.

  • How to Determine the Value of Your Pre-Revenue Startup Entrepreneur - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST
    How to Determine the Value of Your Pre-Revenue Startup

    Here are the formulas and turns of phrase the experts use to determine what your work is worth.

  • Overcoming Compounding's Dark Side @ Investopedia - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 4:00 AM EST

    Understanding how money is made and lost over time can help you improve your returns.

  • Options -- Accessing Stakes In Apple At Less Cost @ Investopedia - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 10:01 PM EST

    Finding Apple stock costly to trade? Here are multiple ways to trade it through low-cost Apple options.

  • Five Minute Investing Tutorial @ Investopedia - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 8:00 PM EST

    A tutorial for people who want to manage their portfolios aggressively without having it consume their lives.

  • Opinions Abound In The Market; Avoid Them For The Best Results Investor's Business Daily - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 5:36 PM EST

    It's easy to develop opinions quickly about the stock market, but opinion doesn't often jibe with reality. Interest rates, for example, often fuel bullish or bearish sentiment. When interest rates rise, ...

  • New Equity Income ETF With A Twist Benzinga - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:18 PM EST

    A Boston-based FFMC LLC, advisors to the QuantShares ETFs , have created a new ETF with two appealing characteristics: high dividend income and capital appreciation. The QuantShares Hedged Dividend Income ...

  • Betting on Starbucks' Future GuruFocus.com - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:04 PM EST

    In this article, let's take a look at Starbucks Corp. (SBUX), a $61.91 billion market cap company, which is the world's leading coffee retailer of high-quality coffee products, which it sells through its ...

  • Diversifying Your Portfolio With Real Estate And Infrastructure @ Investopedia - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST

    Real estate and infrastructure are important sectors for risk-averse investors.

  • Why Investors Need to Rebalance Their Portfolios @ Investopedia - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 2:00 PM EST

    The best way to explain why one should rebalance their portfolio is to show what could go wrong if one doesn't.

  • 8 Tips for Bond Investors Watching Rising Rates US News - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:24 PM EST

    Interest rates will rise. As the economy improves, the Federal Reserve gets closer to raising interest rates. U.S. News contributors and Smarter Investor bloggers share their tips on how to rebalance your bond portfolio in preparation for rising rates. Consider buying a bond fund.

  • Investor amnesia can doom your portfolio @ MarketWatch - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:14 PM EST

    The worst days of the Internet bubble of 2000 will soon fall off 15-year track records for mutual funds and indexes. It could change how investors view the stock market, writes Chuck Jaffe.

  • Successful Investing Goes Beyond Index Funds @ Forbes - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 10:04 AM EST

    With so many different index funds to choose from, picking a few can be a gamble.

  • BofI Holdings: 10 Bagger On Sale For 25% Off @ Forbes - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    When most things get marked down 25%, crowds of buyers appear out of nowhere. But when a stock gets marked down 25%, most people take it as evidence that something is wrong and wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. That is how great companies with the potential to change whole industries, can sometimes become great bargains. …

  • A Low-Tech Index Offering Exposure to the High-Tech Sector @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The case for the tech-heavy, large and liquid PowerShares QQQ ETF remains a strong one.

  • How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility @ Investopedia - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM EST

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios for such volatility.

  • I Continue Recommend Adding Aflac to a Diversified Portfolio GuruFocus.com - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 5:16 PM EST

    In this article, let's take a look at AFLAC Inc. (AFL), a $26.18 billion market cap company, which provides supplemental health and life insurance in Japan and the U.S.

  • Which Is Better For Me: MarketWatch Or Bloomberg? @ Investopedia - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 3:01 PM EST

    As part of a series comparing popular finance websites, Investopedia conducts an unbiased review of MarketWatch and Bloomberg.

  • Goldman's 'Underdog' Strategy Beats the Market @ Barrons.com - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 2:53 PM EST

    While the European Central Bank’s plan to purchase more than one trillion euros worth of bonds by 2016 is helping stocks today, it’s unclear what it means for Europe’s sclerotic economy and global economic growth. Conversations with leading market participants, ranging from senior traders at top trading firms to the heads …

  • Goldman Sachs Actually Read the Volcker Rule @ Bloomberg - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 1:51 PM EST

    Basically, if you're a bank, you can buy assets using your own money -- "proprietary" trading or investing -- if you either plan to hold them for more than 60 days, or plan to get rid of them quickly to satisfy "reasonably expected near term demands of clients, customers or counterparties." But you can't buy assets using …

  • Equities are the best performing asset class in the long term Market Realist - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 8:41 AM EST

    The CAGR for equity for the last 20 years is 7.8%. Equities outperformed investment-grade corporate bonds. Equities are the best performing asset class.

  • Investors should consider investing in municipal bonds Market Realist - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 8:04 AM EST

    Municipal bonds are an attractive investment choice for investors seeking a steady stream of tax-free income. They're also a safer bet than corporate bonds.

  • Staples/Discretionary Ratio Spins a Cautionary Tale ETF Trends - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 7:30 AM EST

    An efficient and ideal method for gauging risk appetite is the consumer staples/discretionary ratio, which is easily applied with the large, highly liquid Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: ...

  • How to Boost Returns When Interest Rates Totally Stink @ Money - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    With bond rates looking bare, income investors are eager to grab greener options. Higher payouts are out there, but watch your step: Some are riskier than others.

  • Steady Growth Stocks Win The Race @ Investopedia - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 5:00 AM EST

    Take a page from the fable of the tortoise and the hare by investing in these constant growth stocks.

  • What Dividend Stocks are the Billionaires Buying? @ Forbes - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 9:29 PM EST

    iBillionaire—the creators of the index backing the Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF—are at again, launching a new index that tracks the dividend stocks being bought by hedge fund masters of the universe and other financial billionaires. The iBillionaire High Dividend Index, which was just launched today, is an equally-weighted …

  • The 2015 outlook from top investment advisers @ USA TODAY - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 7:40 PM EST

    Not Wall Street strategists. People who are likely to advise you on your own money.

  • Do Good Buys Remain Among Beaten-Down Financials? @ Investopedia - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 4:40 PM EST

    The financial sector performed the worst last month (besides energy, of course). Here's a look at some financial stocks that have bucked that trend.

  • Buy Huntington Bancshares Ahead of Fourth-Quarter Earnings Report @ TheStreet.com - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 12:21 PM EST

    With its yield of 2.46% and loan growth projected to rise, Huntington looks like a good bounce-back candidate in 2015.

  • Almost Everything You Know About Investing Is Wrong US News - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 9:14 AM EST

    Many of you have some fundamental beliefs about the process of investing. When I mention "bonds," I am referring to 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds. I suspect most investors, and even many financial advisors and brokers, believe that 10-year Treasury bonds are "safer" and less volatile than stocks.

  • How to make a 6% yield with Microsoft shares @ CNBC - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 9:06 AM EST

    How one trader is trying to squeeze an extra $2 million out of a Microsoft holding.

  • Millennials Don't Know Enough About Investing, Despite What They Think @ TheStreet.com - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 8:09 AM EST

    A new survey of millennials reveals they think they know a lot more about investing than they actually do.

  • Buying Treasurys Is About the Worst Investment You Can Make Now @ TheStreet.com - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 6:05 AM EST

    The S&P 500 current yield tops the 10-year Treasury note yield, and that's unusual.

  • 4 Tips to Plan for Retirement in an Upside-Down World @ Money - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 6:00 AM EST

    The economic outlook appears a lot dicier these days. These moves will keep your retirement portfolio on course.

  • Invest With A Thesis @ Investopedia - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 4:00 AM EST

    Writing down a thesis for every investment may seem almost too simple to be effective, but lessons from behavioral finance tell us that bias and fear of loss often cloud our views, even for the most disciplined ...

  • Find out about a forex trading strategy that uses the RSI, and profit from retracements that occur when a market is overbought or oversold.

  • 10 things investors won’t tell you MarketWatch - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 4:45 PM EST

    Investors’ bad habits and blind spots can be bad news for their portfolios.

  • What proportion of equity should you have? Market Realist - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM EST

    It's been said the amount of equity you should hold in your portfolio is inversely proportional to your age. The proportion of equity is 100 minus your age.

  • Trading Opportunities on Short-Term Pullbacks @ Investopedia - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 4:20 PM EST

    Short-term pullbacks provide opportunities to enter trades in the longer-term trend direction.

  • Acquisitions Are Part of Growth Strategy GuruFocus.com - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 2:52 PM EST

    In this article, let's take a look at PVH Corp. (PVH), a $9.15 billion market cap company, which designs, sources, manufactures, markets, licenses and distributes a broad line of men's and women's apparel ...

  • Why stock ownership has dipped in the United States Market Realist - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 12:41 PM EST

    The percentage of stock ownership has been dipping since the financial crisis. Currently, it stands at 54%, much lower than the 65% pre-crisis level.

  • How To Select A Penny Stock Broker @ Investopedia - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 10:00 AM EST

    Penny stocks' potential for high yield can be enticing to some investors, but due to the sordid history of such stocks, it's vital to research your broker.

  • Become Your Own Stock Analyst @ Investopedia - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 10:00 AM EST

    Learn how to do your own stock analysis and become a wiser investor.

  • Do You Have the Stomach to Be a Stock Investor? US News - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 9:39 AM EST
    A trader places his hand on his face next to other traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    How should individual investors decide whether to choose stocks or funds, and, if using both, how should they allocate? Elyse Foster, founding principal of Harbor Financial Group in Boulder, Colorado, constructs client portfolios using mutual funds and individual securities. Foster uses a combination of actively managed …

  • What's a telltale sign of a poorly designed investment portfolio? Answer: A portfolio that underperforms indexed yardsticks. Question: Is it reasonable to expect this type of portfolio, which is unable ...

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