consumer price index

Investor Facts: What Is The Consumer Price Index?

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is an official government statistic that measures inflation. Inflation expresses the rising cost of living. Governments track inflation by following a selection of goods and … Read more

Posted on October 5, 2017 by
frugality

Frugality Is The First Step Toward Financial Success

You’ve probably hard that you should save more. And you’re heard that the best way is to “pay yourself first.” Paying yourself first is actually the easy part. If you … Read more

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
annuity

Investor Facts: What Is An Annuity?

An annuity is a contract that takes in cash and then pays a fixed income stream to its holder for a set period of time. As retirement nears, the shift … Read more

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
invest

Invest Like An MBA — Get Someone Else To Pay For It

A fundamental lesson of business school is that the best kind of financing is free financing using OPM — Other People’s Money. You see this all the time in business. … Read more

Posted on September 22, 2017 by
joint account

Investor Facts: What Is A Joint Account?

A joint account is an asset or account with more than one owner. For a variety of reasons, financial accounts might be owned by more than one person. Usually, this … Read more

Posted on September 22, 2017 by
bubble

Would You Recognize A Bubble Before It Popped?

Robert Shiller, the Yale professor best known for predicting the dot-com crash and the later housing debacle, just called bitcoin a bubble. Not sure what bitcoin is? You’re not alone. … Read more

Posted on September 15, 2017 by
real estate investment trust

Investor Facts: What Is A Real Estate Investment Trust?

A real estate investment trust (REIT) type of security that holds real estate investments. Much the way a mutual fund holds shares of many companies, a real estate investment trust (REIT) owns real … Read more

Posted on September 13, 2017 by
brexit

Brexit: A Case Study In The Danger Of Trading The Headlines

It has been more than a year since British voters decided to leave the European Union, a huge and costly divorce that promises to take years to fully enact. Five … Read more

Posted on September 11, 2017 by
actively managed fund

Investor Facts: What Are Actively Managed Funds?

Actively managed funds buy and sell investments rather than buy and hold them. Investors typically compare a mutual fund’s performance against the return of the entire stock market. In an … Read more

Posted on September 7, 2017 by
three questions

Answer Three Questions Right and Be Among America’s Money Smartest

There are millions of things to know about finances and investing, literally thousands of pages of law, math and history. Yet an amazing 70% of Americans can’t answer three questions … Read more

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