Order Types for Buying or Selling Stocks

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Tweet Buying or selling stock couldn’t be easier with today’s technology. Investors can go online or call an automated trading platform to instantly place a trade. But just because it’s easy, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a mistake. There are a number of different order types that can be used to help you protect losses and […]

My Employer Stopped Matching My 401k – Should I Still Contribute?

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Tweet This is one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been receiving lately both at work and via email. Companies across the country are trying to find ways to cut costs during this recession and a prime target is the matching program on a 401k or 403b. This is bad news for employees, but […]

Mutual Fund Fees for Beginners – Loads, Expense Ratios, and Share Classes

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Tweet Mutual funds are one of the most common investment tools for the average investor. You’ll find them in your 401(k) plan, in your IRA, and everywhere in-between. Mutual funds are popular for good reason. They provide instant diversification without requiring a lot of money. Instead of having to pick all of the individual stocks […]

6 Funds To Hedge Against a Recession

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Tweet The word recession has investors searching for safe investments until the market rebounds. Just take a look at how the market has reacted recently. Investors want the maximum yield with the least risk involved. Luckily, options are available for investors to weather the storm until the economy improves. Mutual or index funds are a […]

Using Morningstar's Mutual Fund Comparison Tool to Compare Funds

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Tweet Morningstar is great, and it is one of my favorite investing research sites out there. They have a ton of tools available for researching stocks, mutual funds, and now options. While some of these tools do require a premium membership, there are plenty of great tools that are free and available to everyone. You […]

ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: Which One is Right for You?

Tweet ETFs and Mutual Funds Both Have Advantages – Find Out Which One is Best For You Lately I’ve received a few questions from readers asking about the difference between an ETF and an index or mutual fund, and which one is better. Well, as with almost all things, there are pros and cons to […]

How To Start Investing With Very Little Money

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Tweet You Can Begin Investing Today With as Little as Five Dollars If you have survived the economic downturn, you may be happy just to be paying your bills on time. Investing for your future might not even be on your radar and many folks assume that if they do not have large amounts they […]

Investing Made Easy With Betterment – Plus a $25 Bonus

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Tweet Do you know what prevents most people from getting started with investing? The fear of choosing the wrong investment. This fear delays the decision to get started for weeks, months, and often even years. After all, when it comes to your hard-earned money, the last thing you want to do is see it vanish […]

Should You Invest in the Stock Market or Hold Cash?

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Tweet Let me paint a picture for you really quick.  A man is sitting at his desk looking at his Scottrade account.  He’s been noticing the volatile market swings and doesn’t know what to do with his money.  He start sweating.  He starts to wonder if he should place his money under his mattress instead. […]