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Review: New Site Takes the Stress Out of Investing

  Square one Every day we get the same plea from readers: "I have a little money to invest, but where do I start?"Betterment, which offers online investing accounts with built-in portfolios, is an interesting solution for the getting-started...

Decoding Financial Adviser Alphabet Soup

  Is an MBA better than a CPA? Is a CDFA more qualified than a CFP? How do you sort through the alphabet soup credentials to pick the right financial adviser? We'll tell you, PDQ: CFA—A chartered financial analyst is a prestigious designation,...

Deflate Your Expectations

It hasn't been a good week for the economy—you've probably heard. There's been a steady buzz about deflation, the depressing jobs report, a recent statement issued by the Fed, and something called "The New Normal."What's going on? The recovery...

Back2School: 18 Years to Save

We don’t want you stuck paying full freight for college in 10 or 15 years, so let’s explore that 529, shall we? You may not know that... There are two types of 529 plans: a pre-paid tuition plan and 529 savings plan. The pre-paid is what it...

Investing Starts Here

Q: How can a lower- or middle-income couple invest? We don't have much money.A: Investing doesn't have to be a big bucks endeavor, and you don't need a Ph.D. in Wall Street.Let's take one step today. In some ways, it's wiser to get moving and...

ATPT, Episode 5 - Julie Takes Control

After her night cap with Mr. Bond, Julie returns home and Skypes with her best friend, Cristina.Cristina: But who IS this guy? And why are you letting him tell you what to do with your money?Julie: I'm not 'letting him' do anything! He works in...

Put a Cap on It

Investing pros have a number of criteria they use when choosing their investments. An important one to know is the difference between large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap companies. Cap means capitalization The secrets of the investing world can be...

So You Want to Be a Landlord

  Just say the phrase "rental property" and people's eyes light up. Everyone knows that rentals have the potential to generate income above and beyond the cost of carrying the property. And some folks do turn a nice profit from rentals. But the...

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