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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...]

Avoid These Investments at All Costs!

You see these ads all the time: "This stock could go up 1,000 percent in the next week!" or "I made millions trading currencies and you can too!" If you get sucked in, your heart starts racing and you start to imagine the thrill of a quick win -- … [Read more...]

The Roth IRA: A Saver’s Best Friend

Ready to start investing on your own? Then a Roth IRA is the first place to look. Jump to: Roth IRA Contribution Limits Roth IRA Income Limits Before I took a job at SmartMoney Magazine, terms like 401(k), Traditional IRA, and Roth IRA … [Read more...]

myRA: What You Need to Know About the New myRA Savings Account

If you watched President Obama’s State of the Union address a few weeks ago – or paved attention to any of the ensuring press – you may have heard about something called myRA. No, myRA is not some special healthcare plan for people with Rheumatoid … [Read more...]

Scared to Invest? Income Investing Offers a Lower Risk Approach

Living in our generation, if you want a shot at having enough money to live comfortably into old age, you need to be an investor. They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but you mind as well add inflation, too. On average, … [Read more...]

The Surprising Reason Millenials Aren’t Building Wealth as Fast as We Should Be

When it comes to figuring out the financial needs of the so-called “Generation Y or Millenials, you have to take a step back and consider what good age labels are in the first place. Are all Baby Boomers narcissistic, nostalgic and selfish? Are all m … [Read more...]

Leverage in Your Portfolio: How Call Options Make Your Money Go Further

Previously we have discussed borrowing funds as a tool for leverage in order to amplify gains or take advantage of opportunities that would otherwise be missed. For this article, we'll cover the use of options both for leverage and a risk management … [Read more...]