What Should you do with a Windfall?

We all dream of the day when we're gifted with a winning lottery ticket or an inheritance; a dream that we spend an inordinate amount of time during our working lives thinking about. But if you got it, what should you do with a windfall? We … [Read more...]

How to Trade Stocks for the First Time

So you've decided to take financial matters into your own hands and open a brokerage account and you want to know how to trade stocks for the first time. Entering the world of stock trading a big decision and one you shouldn't make unless you've … [Read more...]

What are Leveraged ETFs?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a popular investment vehicle for experienced and beginning investors alike. ETFs appeal to people looking for diversification, who want the ability to trade them like stocks but also want at least some level of … [Read more...]

With Mutual Funds, you may not be as Diversified as you Think

Out of all the investment products out there, the one you have probably heard most about is the mutual fund. Ironically, you may still not know quite what to buy. You're not alone – there are more than 14,000 different mutual funds available. It's … [Read more...]

How to Tell the Good Mutual Funds from the Bad: Four Must-know Performance Metrics

There are few things more exciting than buying a new car. If you're anything like me, you do a lot of research beforehand. You read reviews of the handling, towing capacity, horsepower and resale value – basically whatever statistics you place value o … [Read more...]

The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Share Classes

The investment industry has tens of thousands of possible vehicles for parking your cash: ETF's, stocks, bonds, options, futures, currencies and more. With so many choices out there, it's hard to find the right one that fits your needs. You may … [Read more...]

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Investing for your future is a theme that's been beaten into your head so much at this point that you may not even think about it anymore. You have a 401(k), a Roth IRA and even a small brokerage account you play around with. You make monthly … [Read more...]

Should I Invest in my Employer’s Stock?

Some employers allow employees to purchase company stock either through a 401(k) plan or stock options. These incentives are provided as employee benefits that can be used for retirement or as a bonus. Over time, your employer's stock can add up … [Read more...]

Leverage in Your Porfolio: How Advanced Investors Trade on Margin

For you risk taking investors, the concept of leverage is enticing but shrouded in uncertainty as to how you might actually use it in your portfolio. What is leverage? In investing parlance, leverage describes ways you extend the capital with … [Read more...]

How Investing Just $50 a Month can Kick-start Your Retirement

The story of the tortoise and the hare is particularly applicable as an investment metaphor. Instead of trying to time the market and buying stocks that could either make you a fortune or lose you everything, a far more lucrative option is just to … [Read more...]