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A Lesson in Wall Street Slang

Wall Street’s traders are known for their, um, colorful language. Much of it is NSFW (not safe for work), but some of it is quirky and useful to know: Catch a Falling Knife: This refers to investors who try to time the bottom of a stock or stock...

Niche ETFs Are Sprouting All Over

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) that follows the new “cloud” computing industry (SKYY)? Check!. The lithium sector (LIT)? Yep. What about the future price of corn (CORN)? You got it.Exchange-traded funds—the nimble cousins to index mutual funds—can...

Bonds vs. Bond Funds: What's the Diff?

If the recent stock market insanity has you craving more stability and you're considering adding more bonds to your portfolio, first ask yourself: bonds or bond funds? These are two different beasts. An individual bond offers certainty: usually a...

Lower Cost Funds Tend to Perform Better

When you're deciding where to invest your money, the natural instinct is to go for the best possible mutual funds—the ones ranked 4 or 5 stars by Morningstar. But it turns out you should pay just as much attention—maybe even a bit more—to cost....

Selling Gold? Expect Less

The scenario: Late July. Gold prices are above $1,600 an ounce. I have a brilliant idea: sell my broken gold bracelet for some easy money!The reality: At a local San Francisco jewelry store, my bracelet is weighed and tested. A calculator is...

Know What 'Long-Term' Means for You

As we wrote on Monday, market downturns can be good buying opportunities for long-term investors. But what is a long-term investor these days? Given that the 10-year annualized total return of the S&P 500 is now 1.9% and over five years it’s 0.6%,...

Get Regular With Your Investing

If you’re looking at the markets, and your instinct is to run screaming, let’s all remember 2008. I know I am. In December of that dreadful year, my husband and I were shopping at a car dealership. On TV, a huge graphic showed the Dow plummeting...

Making Sense of the Market Drop

This morning I was watching my son, now almost five, finish his first jigsaw puzzle—100 pieces, which taxed his patience never mind his ability to sit still. Trying to make sense of yesterday’s market plunge, a harrowing 513 drop in the Dow,...

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