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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...]

This Simple Nugget of Investing Advice is Timeless; Do You Follow It?

It's some of the most common advice for investors seeking fortunes on Wall Street: "Invest in what you know". The idea was coined by famed investor Peter Lynch and remains one of the most widely espoused mantras by both Wall Street pros and … [Read more...]

Stop! Don’t Do Your Taxes Until You Read This: The Best Tax Software Compared

The good news for those who haven't filed their 2013 taxes yet is that there’s still plenty of time—about a month and a half—to meet or beat the April 15 deadline. But with taxes, it’s too often a matter of procrastination: Wait long enough, and that … [Read more...]