index funds

Investing Basics: When ETFs Are Better Than Index Funds

As the offering of low-cost investment funds gets more and more competitive, confusion is bound to set in. Phrases such as “indexing” can get applied to funds and strategies that … Read more

Posted on April 7, 2014 by
investing

Investing For Retirement, What You Know Can Hurt You

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? That fun thought experiment, one you likely heard as a kid, actually has … Read more

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
retirement plan

The Case For Ignoring Your Retirement Plan

Ignorance is bliss, as the adage goes. But should you simply ignore your retirement plan investments? Probably, yes. There’s a lot to be said for being just informed enough about your retirement plan to … Read more

Posted on March 31, 2014 by
target-date retirement funds

Understanding Target-Date Retirement Funds

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to successful retirement is saving enough and investing well. Retirement companies and workplace 401(k) plans have attempted to tackle that by harnessing the strongest force in human history … Read more

Posted on March 28, 2014 by
maximize investment gains

3 Steps to Maximize Investment Gains With Less Risk

If you’ve ever been on the losing side of a stock market investment, you know the feeling: An optimistic bet turns sour, the pit of your stomach rumbles, then the … Read more

Posted on March 24, 2014 by
risk tolerance

Understanding Your Investment Risk Tolerance

Most people, once they get safely past their teenage years, have a pretty concrete list of risks they don’t care to take. Skydiving, for instance, is either on your bucket … Read more

Posted on March 14, 2014 by
retirement plan

A Retirement Plan for Any Market

The biggest risk you face as a retirement investor? It probably isn’t the stock market or even the economy. It’s you. Emotions are a major risk factor for any serious long-term … Read more

Posted on March 7, 2014 by
retirement investing

Safe Retirement Investing In The ‘Middle Lane’

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that we’re having far fewer fatal crashes, down 42% for older drivers and 30% for middle-aged folks. The news on older … Read more

Posted on February 21, 2014 by
mutual funds

A Hidden Way Mutual Funds Cost You Money

You likely already know that mutual funds cost more to own than index funds — a lot more. A typical active mutual funds charges fees of between 1.5% and 2% … Read more

Posted on February 17, 2014 by
investment management

Investment Management For Serious Savers

There are two kinds of investors in the world: Hands-on and hands-off. Investment management either requires daily attention from an experienced manager — or it doesn’t. Most of us would vastly prefer the … Read more

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