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What Does it Mean to “Short” a Stock?

When watching a sports game, would you bet on who’s going to lose? That’s essentially what “short-sellers” do: they bet that a stock, sector or broader benchmark will fall in price. (“Long investors” bet that prices will rise.) Here’s a simplified...

What to Expect when You Raise Your Rates

You’re ready for a raise, but you work for yourself. Stand strong—it’s time to raise your rates. How do you justify the increase? First, remember that inexpensive can be seen as "cheap." Raising your rates sends a signal that you know the value...

The One-Fund Plan

If you’re stymied about where to start investing, consider a basic all-in-one fund called a target date fund that puts your financial plan on cruise control. Well, sort of. Let us explain: First, you pick a fund that’s targeted toward your desired...

Rollover Details You Need

When you leave a job, should your 401(k) account go with you? Many financial planners say yes. How come? You can move your 401(k) to an IRA at the brokerage firm or fund family of your choice, presumably giving you more (or better) investment...

3 Free Investing Apps

From left: Chaiken Power Tools, Retire Logix, and Market Millionaire. Today’s task: Find three fabulous and free smartphone apps that can make us better investors. Truth? It was slim pickings. Don’t get us wrong: the apps below are great. But our...

Should You Borrow Your Own Money?

Does this stat surprise you: Nearly 28% of 401(k) users currently have outstanding loans, according to a recent survey by employee-benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. That’s up from about 22% in 2005.Yes, we get that times are tough and that a 401(k)...

Earn More in Your Bank Account

I’ve got some cash sitting in a savings account at a big bank. Yes, it’s super accessible and federally insured. But my annual interest rate is a paltry 0.35%. I want more—while still keeping it liquid and safe. If I’m willing to jump through...

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?...

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