Your Future, One Step at a Time

Legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.”

He’s probably right. But some folks have day jobs. And hobbies. And several back episodes of Parenthood to watch. So let our top five investing stories of 2011 help you out: Financial advisors aren’t just for the 1%. Find a planner that can help you maximize your money. Still don’t think you qualify for custom advice? Maybe you need to reclaim the concept of wealth and start living abundantly. Maxed out your 401(k) and IRA contributions? Now it’s time to investigate the ins and outs of taxable accounts. College tuition rises about 10% a year—but you can offset some of those crazy costs when you open a 529 savings account. Still counting your home equity as part of your retirement plan? Financial planner Galia Gichon explains why your nest isn’t a nest egg. Make gains. What investing lessons did you learn this year? What do you want to figure out in 2012?