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Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP): What You Need to Know

Dividend reinvestment plans are a great way to automatically reinvest your dividends for more of your favorite stocks DRIP stands for dividend reinvestment plan or sometimes direct investment plan. … [Read More...]

SureTrader Review: The Only Day Trading Software I Use

Day trading is risky but if you are going to do it, try the free demo account and follow this SureTrader review first I rarely talk about day trading software on the blog but I do get a lot of … [Read More...]

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Growth vs Value Investing for the Stock Market Win

Which means higher returns, growth stocks or value investing, for your portfolio? Anyone with money in the stock market for more than a couple of decades has heard of the value premium, the idea that value investing beats growth stocks. The history of returns for value versus growth investing is so strong, it’s almost a […]

Investor Update: Stocks May Be Less Risky than Bonds

For some investors, stocks may actually be less risky than bonds and other assets The conventional investing wisdom says that stocks are riskier than bonds. After all, stocks can tumble 40% over the course of a few months while a rough patch for bonds is a 5% slide. But is it necessarily true for all […]

11 Professional Investors Share their Stress-Free Investing Strategies

Put your money to work without losing sleep over the next stock market crash with these stress-free investing strategies Turn on CNBC or any other financial news channel and you’re likely to hear 60 investing strategies and stock picks in any given hour. That number doubles on investing websites. Portfolio managers, analysts and pundits spin […]

How to Protect Your Money from a Stock Market Crash

Learn how to protect your investments from a stock market crash with these tips from the experts One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in more than a decade as an investment analyst is that you can’t time the next stock market crash. You can follow the economic trends, adjusting a portion of your […]

How to Invest $1000 right NOW: My 3 Favorite Investments

Lower your risk of a stock crash with these three favorite ways to invest $1000 right now That last thing you want to do after saving up that first $1000 to invest is to lose it! Whether its $100, a $1000 or a million, you worked for it and now you want to see it […]

Holiday Stock Trading Strategies that Make Money

Use the holiday effect in stocks to make money and protect your portfolio around holiday stock trading Everyone needs a break now and then, even the stock market and investors.The New York Stock … [Read More...]

5 Market Anomalies to Beat the Market

Five stock market anomalies seem to be able to beat the market but are they good long-term investing strategies? We don’t talk much about trying to beat the market here on the blog because most … [Read More...]

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3 Investing Rules Every Young Investor Must Know

Young investors can take advantage of time and avoid making the most common mistakes by following these five rules George Bernard Shaw once said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” He probably wasn’t talking about investing…though maybe he should have been. When I was just starting out investing in my early 20s, I didn’t have […]

Why You Must Start Buying International Stocks Today

Beyond investment diversification, international stocks will protect you from an uncertain political environment here at home Investors are surrounded by the evidence of a global economy. Our phones are made in South Korea, televisions from Japan, wine from Argentina—even our coworkers may be located in far-off continents. But while our lives may have gone global, […]

15 Stocks to Boost Dividend Income Fast

Why settle for rock-bottom income returns when you can increase your dividend income fast with these stocks? These are bountiful times for Corporate America, but when it comes to dividend income, shareholders may feel left out of the profit party. Companies in the S&P 500 are on track to earn more than $1 trillion this […]

5 Catastrophic Risks in 401k Loans

401k loans may seem like a good idea but the facts prove they are traps waiting to happen When you’re in a pinch and need money, it can be tempting to consider taking a loan from your 401k plan. After all, the money is yours and when you pay it back, you’re paying yourself back. […]

How to Beat Financial Fraud Before It Beats You

Know the warning signs of financial fraud and how to protect your money Charles Ponzi made $20 million through his pyramid investment scam in 1920, a sum worth hundreds of millions in today’s dollars. That still is only a fraction of the $100 billion lost by victims of Bernie Ebbers in the WorldCom fraud or […]