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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...

A Simple Attack Plan for Retirement

When I started working with Julie for the Money Fix, she was great with budgeting and saving—but investing overwhelmed her. So I drew up a simple action plan. Research investment options. Julie has a military service background, which means she...

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...

3 Must-Dos to Keep Your Money Safe

Everyone is telling you to “sit tight” regarding your retirement investments. But financial planner Galia Gichon, founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, says there are three things you should do to ease fears and feel more in control of your money:   ...

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...

It’s Not Just About the U.S. Anymore

Whether you’re an avid day trader or your portfolio is on set-it-and-forget-it, we have some news from the market frontlines. The days of thinking and behaving like a U.S. investor are over. Done. Sayonara. Auf wiedersehen. Why? Three words:...

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