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  • How to Get Started Investing When You Don’t Have Much Money Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    If you want to open a brokerage account at Charles Schwab, you’ll need $1,000. Over at Fidelity, the minimum investment is $2,500. The hefty minimums required by many firms can make it seem as though holding investments is the preserve of the rich.

  • 9 Things You Must Know About ETFs @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 29, 2016 8:50 AM EST

    There's no question that exchange-traded funds are becoming a big part of the investor's toolkit. Assets in ETFs and similar exchange-traded products now exceed $2.3 trillion, nearly 10 times what they were a decade ago, according to the Investment Company Institute, the fund industry's trade group. Some ETFs try to enhance …

  • Why You Need a Roth IRA @ Kiplinger - Mon, Dec 19, 2016 2:10 PM EST

    With this indispensable savings tool, your money grows tax-free, you can invest in almost anything and you get several cool perks.

  • Stock Basics: Avoid Common Errors @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 15, 2016 12:30 PM EST
    Stock Basics: Avoid Common Errors

    One requirement for successful investing is keeping mistakes to a minimum. These eight mistakes recur with unnecessary frequency.

  • Stock Basics: 5 Scenarios When Selling Stocks Makes Sense @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:50 AM EST

    Hint: It has nothing to do with the market, and everything to do with your personal circumstances.

  • Stock Basics: Getting Started @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:30 AM EST
    Stock Basics: Getting Started

    Stocks come in a variety of flavors. Be sure you understand what you're adding to your portfolio.

  • Make a Plan for Your Retirement Savings @ Kiplinger - Thu, Dec 15, 2016 9:00 AM EST
    Make a Plan for Your Retirement Savings

    The first step to effectively using your 401(k) is to assess your retirement needs.

  • From 2011 through 2014, the average number of healthcare exchange traded funds appearing on a particular year’s list of top 10 sector ETFs is almost four. That theme is being extended this year as seven ...

  • Before You Short A Stock, Read This StreetAuthority Network - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 11:30 AM EDT

    Normally at StreetAuthority, we focus on the "long" side of the market, but today we're going to spend some time explaining the other side: shorting stocks. If shorting stocks isn't already

  • Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary? US News - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 9:01 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of fiduciary standards for financial advisors could have significant implications for the investment industry. Said differently, the president is pushing to require financial advisors to put the client's needs before their own. Your advisor may not have your best interests in …

  • 3 smart ways to invest your tax refund US News - Fri, Mar 20, 2015 3:51 PM EDT
    Money

    Don't blow your windfall -- either on the obvious (a shopping spree) or the insidious (the one investment you probably shouldn't make, according to financial advisors). "Pay yourself first," says Kathleen Hastings, portfolio manager with FBB Capital Partners, based in Bethesda, Maryland. If you channel most of your windfall …

  • 3 Chicken Ways to Rebalance @ Morningstar - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 7:00 AM EDT

    While rebalancing in a pure form will do a better job of controlling risk, these strategies can help add a contrarian tilt to a portfolio.

  • The Only S&P 500 Index Funds You Will Ever Need @ Morningstar - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 7:00 AM EDT

    We highlight the five best funds in a crowded field.

  • Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin @ Investopedia - Thu, Mar 19, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on accessing penny stocks.

  • Betting on Emerging Markets Like Ray Dalio GuruFocus.com - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 5:22 PM EDT

    Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio)’s Bridgewater Associates is one of the largest investors in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (ETF) (EEM) as it reported holding 78.54 million shares, down by 2% on the quarter....

  • 4 Big Stock Gainers: Hold or Sell? @ Investopedia - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 1:35 PM EDT

    These four stocks saw big moves higher on March 17. Is it time to take profits or hold out for more. Here's what the charts say.

  • What is the difference between diversification and hedging? @ Investopedia - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 11:22 AM EDT

    Learn what diversification and a hedge are, how investors can diversify and hedge their investments, and the main difference between the two.

  • 5 Stocks Insiders Are Scooping Up Right Now @ TheStreet.com - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 11:04 AM EDT

    Insiders at these companies have been buying shares of their own stock lately.

  • What is a good interest coverage ratio? @ Investopedia - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 11:00 AM EDT

    Learn the importance of the interest coverage ratio, one of the primary debt ratios analysts use to evaluate a company's financial health.

  • Oppenheimer Sees Bullish Indicators In These 6 Tech Charts Benzinga - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:47 AM EDT

    In a recent report, analysts at Oppenheimer took a technical look at the market and chose some of their favorite stocks in different sectors based on what they see in the charts. Analysts like what they ...

  • Ordinary Investors Now Have an Advantage Over the Pros @ Bloomberg - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

    Pigs still can’t fly and hell hasn’t frozen over, but interest rates have gone negative, and that’s weird enough. On March 9, six-month Germany Treasury bills—Unverzinsliche Schatzanweisungen—were auctioned to yield an annual rate of –0.22 percent. Keep those Unverzinsliche Schatzanweisungen in mind as you look for ways …

  • Millennials: How to become a 401(k) millionaire US News - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 9:57 AM EDT
    millionaire

    "When I get new clients who are under age 35, I ask them, 'Do you know how old you will be when you become a millionaire?'" says Jerry Love, a certified public accountant and financial planner based in Abilene, Texas. "There should be other components, such as individual savings, equity in real estate and a Social Security …

  • Oppenheimer: Bullish Technical Analysis Of 5 Healthcare Names Benzinga - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 8:10 AM EDT

    In a recent report, analysts at Oppenheimer took a technical look at the market and chose some of their favorite stocks in different sectors based on what they see in the charts. Analysts like what they ...

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  • Writing Covered Calls On ETFs @ Investopedia - Wed, Mar 18, 2015 4:00 AM EDT

    The strategy of writing covered calls on ETFs can limit your losses and hedge risk, but they cap your upside potential.

  • Top Brokers Offering Tools For Covered Calls @ Investopedia - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 7:01 PM EDT

    Here are the brokers that offer the best tools for investors and traders to write covered calls and covered puts.

  • Helping Young Investors Avoid Financial Pitfalls @ Investopedia - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 3:55 PM EDT

    Young investors are especially prone to financial mistakes. Here's what you can do to help them.

  • 5 Golden Rules for Avoiding Problems with Physical Precious Metals

    The Federal Trade Commission sent checks totaling more than $2.4 million to over 100 investors who had fallen victim to the Premier Precious Metals scheme. The fraud conned consumers into buying precious metals on credit without clearly disclosing significant costs and risks, including the likelihood that buyers would …

  • Learn about some of the primary benchmarks utilized by investors and analysts to track the performance of the financial services sector.

  • Are These 2015's Most Promising Mutual Funds? @ Investopedia - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 1:02 PM EDT

    For 2015, the mutual funds covered below are likely to offer more upside potential than the vast majority of mutual funds in existence.

  • Three Possible Fed Rate Hike Scenarios And ETFs To Trade Them @ Forbes - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:56 AM EDT

    The anticipation over the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates has reached a fever pitch, with investors beginning to reshuffle assets in preparation of a rising interest rate cycle. The problem they face, however, is that there are numerous possible outcomes for upcoming rate hikes and it appears some investors are betting …

  • Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best Mutual Funds @ Investopedia - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:55 AM EDT

    These 10 mutual funds offer strong potential for 2015. Here's why.

  • 10 Questions to Measure Your Financial IQ US News - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:20 AM EDT

    There's a storm of information and opinion that swirls around the Internet and the financial press concerning your retirement savings, and how to make sure you're financially secure after you leave the workforce. You can get more income from corporate bonds, municipal bonds, preferred stocks and high-dividend stocks.

  • Don't Let Bad News Drive Your Investing @ Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 9:40 AM EDT

    The market's already one step ahead of you when it comes to digesting the impact of geopolitical turmoil.

  • Portfolio Analysis: A $1.4 Million Portfolio Flunks on Risk US News - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 9:00 AM EDT

    All of us are 15 years older since the Nasdaq passed 5,000 the first time, but are we smarter? My latest portfolio report card is for a married couple, C.G. in Lake Orion, Michigan. He is 56, she is 48, and they asked me to grade their combined $1.4 million investment portfolio. Let's do a portfolio report card for C.G. …

  • Allianz Shuns Germany’s Negative Yields for Spanish, Irish Debt @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:35 AM EDT

    Allianz SE has been investing in Spanish, Irish, emerging market and U.S. government bonds, which carry higher rates, according to Andreas Gruber, chief investment officer of its Allianz Investment Management unit. While Gruber draws the line at buying sovereign bonds from Portugal and Greece, he does like commercial mortgage …

  • Why I'm Still Bullish on Bonds @ Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:00 AM EDT

    If you buy funds that own high-quality debt, you'll get a bit of income and stand a good chance of getting some price appreciation.

  • The Worldwide Deficit of High-Quality Debt @ Bloomberg - Tue, Mar 17, 2015 7:50 AM EDT

    Expectations of economists and pundits notwithstanding, interest rates are falling around the world.

  • Does It Matter When Stocks Are Overvalued? Benzinga - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 12:25 PM EDT

    The major stock market indices have been moving in a volatile, back-and-forth, up-and-down fashion for three and one-half months now. For anyone attempting to stay in tune with the trend of the market, ...

  • The Dangers of Investing With a Home Bias US News - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 9:23 AM EDT

    Because it's a widely diversified measure of the domestic stock market, the S&P 500 has become the de-facto benchmark for most U.S. investors. The total U.S. stock market, including companies of all sizes -- not only those in the S&P 500 index -- makes up about 50 percent of global market capitalization.

  • The Free Money You Might Be Missing Out On Credit.com - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

    If your employer offers a 401(k) match, you'd be wise to figure out what you need to do to collect that available cash.

  • Attack of the Algorithms! @ Bloomberg - Mon, Mar 16, 2015 12:01 AM EDT

    Few people have profited more from the so-called smart-beta craze than Tom Dorsey. Dorsey calls himself a money manager, Bloomberg Markets  will report in its April issue, but his methods are more robot designer. If Dorsey and his team got abducted from their Richmond, Virginia, office by aliens, their algorithms could …

  • Here's Where to Invest When Markets Overvalue GuruFocus.com - Sun, Mar 15, 2015 11:40 PM EDT

    Median indicators, such as the median P/E & P/CF ratios of stocks on the NYSE, are showing that markets are at historic overvaluations.

  • Hate investing? Target-date funds are for you @ USA TODAY - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 7:19 PM EDT

    Many people would rather spend the day fixing coat hangers than watching their portfolios.

  • The Must-Know Risks Involved In Fixed Income Investing Market Realist - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 3:05 PM EDT

    There are some important risks involved in fixed income investing. Here's what you need to know.

  • Technology vs. Financial Management @ Investopedia - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 2:01 PM EDT

    Technology is creating more tools that help individuals avoid the common financial management and money management firms.

  • Cut down on fees and boost long-term returns with a simple allocation framework.

  • Why You Should Hold On To High Yield Municipal Bonds Market Realist - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 11:06 AM EDT

    High yield municipal bonds look attractive. H high yield municipal bonds, like high yield corporate bonds (HYG)(JNK), have higher yields.

  • Greenblatt's Top 3 Stakes for the Fourth Quarter GuruFocus.com - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 11:03 AM EDT

    Hedge funds have been filing their 13-F forms, which are quarterly reports of equity holdings by filed institutional investment managers with at least $100 million in equity assets under management, as ...

  • Rigging and Manipulation @ Bloomberg - Fri, Mar 13, 2015 8:01 AM EDT

    Is the stock market rigged? "That's such a stupid expression," Bogle said in an interview in January with Bloomberg.

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