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Your Investments Are Up: When To Sell And Take A Profit

Everyone loves a winner. Success in the stock market draws a crowd like a celebrity spotted out shopping -- and it's all the more exciting when you're the one that made the discovery. When a stock or mutual fund you own is up, the last thing … [Read more...]

Don’t Lose Your Shirt To The Next Stock Market Bubble: The Easy Guide To Smart Portfolio Diversificaiton

As an investor, do you have a difficult time understanding -- or implementing -- diversification? If so, you aren't alone. When I used to work as a financial advisor, diversification was one of the hardest concepts to convey to my … [Read more...]

How To Start Saving For Your Kids’ Education (Plus: The Biggest Mistake Parents Make Saving For College)

As parents -- whether current or prospective -- we all want the best for our children. We hope to give them better opportunities than we had earlier in life than we had them and we want them to grow up and surpass us in life. Imagine the pride … [Read more...]

End Your Fear of Investing

You're ready to invest. You sit down at your computer with a stack of investment guides and mutual fund prospectus’s haphazardly laid out next to it and pull up your new brokerage account. You rub your hands together and prepare to buy that stock y … [Read more...]

Be a Smarter Investor: The Best Investments to Make When Markets Waver Between Up and Down

If you've passed Investing 101, you understand the principal of buying low and selling high. When markets start low and trend up, you want to buy until the price becomes too rich, when you sell. If you're content with passive, long-term investing, … [Read more...]

23 Things Beginners Absolutely Must Know About Saving For Retirement

If you're reading this, good for you. It means that you're at least willing to admit that you should get around to doing something about saving for retirement. Ugh. I know. There's nothing fun about this. Saving hurts, for one. And retirement … [Read more...]

Want a Quick Win? Here’s an Easy Way to be Smarter With Your Money than the Average American

With tax time around the corner, it’s all about time: time to organize and crunch the receipts, squeeze in a meeting with an accountant, or perhaps even wait by the mailbox for a refund. (May you be so fortunate.) And when tax time is done, most o … [Read more...]

Got Side Income? Pay Fewer Taxes and Juice Your Savings at the Same Time

Comedian Jay Leno is a master of the side hustle. Jay has said “I live on the money I make as a comedian, and I put all the TV money in the bank.” For years, we all knew Jay as the host of Tonight Show, but to him, that was his side gig! He knew th … [Read more...]

How Does the Federal Reserve Affect Your Portfolio? The New Investor’s Guide to Monetary Policy

Why are financial reporters obsessed with the Federal Reserve? How can a bunch of stodgy old economists be so interesting? Well, to be honest, they're not all that interesting. It's just that what they say and do can have broad influence on the … [Read more...]

5 Penalty-Free Early IRA Withdrawal Options

An individual retirement account (IRA) provides tax incentives to save this year's income and not touch it until you retire. But what if you have an emergency and need money today. Are their ways to take a penalty-free early IRA withdrawal? The … [Read more...]