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Your Fall Investing To-Do List

Fall is here. Time for apple cider, warm tights—and your fall investing to-do list. Tackling this now gives you time to make necessary adjustments before the holiday chaos arrives. Here are four tips: Review. Do you know what you’re invested in?...

How High's Your Risk Tolerance?

A lot of lingo gets thrown around when people talk about retirement planning: asset allocation, diversification, passive versus active investing. But there’s an essential investing concept that merits a closer look because it’s often folded into...

Your Fall Reading Assignment

With fall nearly here, it’s time to set aside the summer beach reads and move on to more serious fare. (But did you read The Paris Wife? Good stuff.)So what about an investing book? Before you recoil in horror, let us direct you to the classic...

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...

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