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How To Open Your First IRA

Unfortunately, most of us in our 20s and 30s can't rely on the government or a fixed pension to provide financial security when we grow older. As a result, we face a sobering choice: Save -- often and early so you can one day stop working … [Read more...]

Your First Investment Account: In Search of the Friendliest Brokers for New Investors

Here are two questions I get all the time: “Okay, I know I need to open an IRA. But where? E*Trade? Fidelity? My local bank?”“How can I start investing with just $500?” Today, I’m going to quickly tackle both. If you’ve been holding out on star … [Read more...]

Scottrade Review: A Friendly Online Broker for New Investors

One of the most common questions I get here on Money Under 30 is: "I want to start investing but I don't know where. How do I go about opening a brokerage account or IRA account?" Fortunately, the answer is fairly easy. Just invest! I point … [Read more...]

Motif Investing Review: At new Broker, Trade ‘Buckets’ of Themed Stocks for $9.95

As somebody who avoids stock picking and frequent trading, it’s hard to get excited about the latest research tools and bells and whistles offered by online brokers like E*Trade or TDAmeritrade. Quite frankly, as long as I’m investing in a few low … [Read more...]

Betterment Review: A Simple Investing Solution

I’m a fan of simple investing. Traditionally, simple investing meant investing in a index funds, securities that track the entire stock market or large sectors of it in a single low-cost investment. But even index investing isn't that simple. T … [Read more...]

ShareBuilder Review: Alternative to Online Brokers Targets Automatic Investors

If you want to start investing, you need at least a couple grand to get you going, right? Brokers have minimum opening deposits, and then you need to buy enough shares of stock to justify paying trade commissions. Although that may be true at many … [Read more...]

Where’s the Best Place to Open an IRA?

I’ve been bugging my wife to open an individual retirement account (IRA) in addition to her state retirement plan. Of course, she’s looking to me for the basics like…”OK, where do I open the account?” Easy question; tricky answer. I’ve held IRA … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Stock Broker

Finding the right stock broker can be overwhelming. There is a glut of brokerage companies out there---both online and full service---and each service claims to be the best. So how, exactly, can you tell which broker is right for you? As you … [Read more...]