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Beyond the Hype, the Real Reasons Some Investors Buy Gold

Watch any financial news network for 30 minutes and you'll likely hear someone talk about gold prices at some point. There's a lot of volume in the precious metal trading hands on a daily basis and it’s easily one of the most popular asset classes o … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw Good Money After Bad; When To Sell A Losing Investment

Editor's note: This post originally ran in October, but with the recent stock market dips lots of readers have been asking whether they should sell losing stocks. Let this post be your guide. Sell a stock if a). it no longer match your investing … [Read more...]

Active vs. Passive Investing: Why Your Investing Style Matters

Let's be honest — investing can be a lot of work. It's easy to be overwhelmed, drowning in an endless and often-contradictory deluge of information from active trader blogs like SeekingAlpha, passive investing forums like Bogleheads.org, or ev … [Read more...]

Want a Future Without Debt and with Plenty of Sunny Beach Vacations? Do THIS Every Three Months

Every year around the end of December, we get inundated with media and advice about New Year’s resolutions. And many of us do set goals around the New Year as we aspire to do everything from eat better and lose weight to earn more money or finally s … [Read more...]

401k Asset Allocation: Two Methods for Headache-Free Diversification

Want to do one thing to ensure the money you’re saving today in your 401k or IRA will be around tomorrow? Diversify. Too many Americans have watched their retirement dreams disappear because they invested solely in the company stock of their e … [Read more...]

Where To Invest: 401k, IRA Or Both?

Decoding retirement savings is as thrilling as an all-day cram session for a standardized test. I get that. But just like that grad school exam, your future depends on it. A few weeks ago, I sent my focus group a quick survey on 401k plans. I … [Read more...]

Are Your Investments Tax Efficient? 3 Things to Check

In the investing world, tax efficiency refers to how well your investment portfolio takes advantage of legal ways to avoid or defer paying taxes on your returns. Tax-efficient investing sounds intimidating, but the basics are easier than you might … [Read more...]

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...]