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ETFs: Get to Know Exchange-traded Funds


Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are bundles of securities you buy or sell on a stock market in a single transaction. Learn more about ETFs and how to invest.

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Do You Need a Financial Advisor

Once you’ve determined you need a financial advisor there are some basic things you need to know about them. Such as, what credentials they have and their past work experiences. You will want to know if they get paid by commission or directly from you.

Asset Allocation: Your Key to Investing Success

Pie chart showing an example of asset allocation among stocks, bonds, cash, and other investments.

“If you have trouble imaging a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn’t be in stocks.” -– Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard. If you invest 100% of your money in stocks, and the stock market has a bad year (or ten), you lose money. That’s why asset allocation is one of the most important […]

Beginning Stock Investing: A Starter Guide

Beginning Stock Investing A Starter Guide

When you are just getting started investing the amount of information available is overwhelming. With so much advice and strategies it’s hard to decide which is best. What you need is quick guide to getting started investing. Here are the five things you need to know to get started.

What is an IPO? Facts for New Investors

IPO is an investing acronym we haven’t heard much in a while…until recently. This week, General Motors went through the world’s largest-ever IPO following the embattled automaker’s bankruptcy last year. GM shares are available for trading as of today. Now that the economy is stabilized and capital is once again flowing to businesses, many companies […]

When To Buy A Stock: Three Signs It’s Time To Load Up On Shares

Are you wondering if it’s time to load up your stock shopping cart? The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up well over 11,000 and investors are slowly returning to the market. The economy is gradually improving and economic activity is slowly on the uptick. You might be wondering if you should take the plunge and […]

The Best Places for Your Short-Term Savings


It’s time to give yourself a ten-second financial check-up: Are all of your hard-earned dollars earning interest? Savvy investors know that every dollar deposited at a bank, brokerage, or financial institution should be making money… and that includes your short-term savings, cash investment balances, even your checking account. If not, you should be looking for […]

Invest in America: Four Made-in-the-USA Stocks to Buy Now

Are you interested in constructing a portfolio of companies to invest in the good ole U.S.A? If so, then I have a portfolio for you. It’s a diversified portfolio of American companies stocks that should benefit as the economy recovers. Unlike many companies, these companies have the bulk of their operations in the United States […]

Three Small Financial Tweaks You Should Make Before Winter

The end of the year is fast approaching. Soon you’ll be bellying up to your Thanksgiving feast and perhaps playing chicken with other holiday shoppers in some mall parking lot. Of course, you may be thinking about your holiday shopping already. And if you’re smart, you’ll also start working on your financial plans for 2011. […]

Foreign Investing 101: What You Should Know Before Investing Your Dollars Abroad

Emerging markets have been the hot investment areas over the past few years. Investors have rushed to invest in the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). These countries have seen double digit growth rates as their economies have burst onto the national scene. Institutions and investors alike are dying to get a piece of this […]