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25 Financial Terms Everyone Should Know

LearnVest | Posted 01.29.2015 | Money
LearnVest

Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, "Huh?" If you don't speak personal finance, don't worry -- we're here to help.

10 Best Apps for Timid First-Time Investors

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.28.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

As a first-time investor, even if you understand how the stock market works, you might not know how to play the market wisely. Luckily, there are apps designed specifically for novice investors, and the technology is simple to understand.

Here's Why Investors Are Now Facing Another 'Lost Decade' in The Stock Market

Jesse Felder | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

At best, equity returns over the coming decade will simply reflect earnings growth, assuming valuations can remain elevated. Historically, this has averaged about 3.8 percent over time.

A Tale of Two Washingtons

Bob Keefe | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Bob Keefe

While Washington state lawmakers' bold pragmatism promises to help their environment and their economy, the new Congress in Washington, D.C., seems hell-bent on pushing legislation that will strip away our environmental protections, continue to ignore the threats of climate change and keep us addicted to dirty fossil fuels.

Real Estate Crowdfunding Turns 75

Jorge Newbery | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

From 10 eighteen months ago, to 50 six months ago, to 75 today, real estate crowdfunding platforms are launching at a torrid pace. This frenzy is dest...

The Single Greatest Mistake Investors Make

Jesse Felder | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Jesse Felder

Rather than fixate on recent history and extrapolate it into the future, you must abandon this natural tendency. And as I said earlier you also need to analyze the conditions that allowed for those returns to see whether they are still relevant to today's market.

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.

Why Venture Capital Gives Humans a Biological Edge

Richard Koch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

Investing for the future -- for commercial and social gain -- is the biggest biological advantage that the human race has ever stumbled across. It is not much practiced yet. But it is growing exponentially. It will change the face of the earth, and perhaps much more besides.

Taking Stock

Michael Farr | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).

Memo to Investors: Join the Parade

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Money
Robert Rosenkranz

Should you abandon actively managed funds and invest instead through indexed mutual funds and ETFs? Indeed you should, and here's why.

Know What You Can Emotionally and Financially Afford to Lose

Kathleen Gurney | Posted 01.15.2015 | Money
Kathleen Gurney

Why is it that some investors make rational decisions, stick with their choices and strategies, while others act out their emotions and make bad investment decisions?

Bubble Watch: Home Prices Still 2% Undervalued And Slowing Toward Smooth Landing

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Relative to fundamentals, home prices nationally looked 2% undervalued in the fourth quarter of 2014. Home prices in 70 of the 100 largest metros are less than 10% over- or undervalued.

New Year, New Me Crap Again

David A. Dedman | Posted 01.15.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you do these four things you'll have a better chance of actually achieving your New Year's resolution about money. The bonus will be that you end the year more financially free than you started it. Plus, you won't feel that New Year, New Me Crap again.

When It Comes To Money, Investors Want The Human Touch

John Diehl | Posted 01.13.2015 | Money
John Diehl

There is no denying that robo-advisors have many benefits: they're convenient, effortless and economical. They operate with little or no human intervention, and they typically cost less than traditional advisory services. However, according to a survey conducted by Hartford Funds, investors aren't ready to rely solely on robo-advisors.

5 Easy-to-Achieve Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year

SALT | Posted 01.07.2015 | Money
SALT

To help you kick off 2015 on the right foot, we've come up with five small, practical changes that can make a big difference in your financial wellbeing. Give one or all of them a shot over the coming months and watch your nest egg grow.

5 Of The World's Best Places To Buy A Second Home In The Sun In 2015

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 01.08.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Which overseas property markets should have your attention this shiny new year? The world is alive right now with markets in crisis and markets benefiting from the strong dollar (and the weak euro). Specifically, here are five places where you could get a great deal on a second home in the sun.

Stocks Tumble Again In Worst Start To Year Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

Wall Street suffered more losses Tuesday as stocks fell for the fifth straight day, in the worst start to a year since 2008. Stocks fell with the p...

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.

3 Investing Lessons We Learned Last Year

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Let's take a look at this past year in terms of the markets, economy and overall financial atmosphere -- and see what lessons we can apply to the year ahead.

My Favorite Posts From 2014

David A. Dedman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

I wrote quite a few articles this past year. Today I wanted to provide a list of my favorite posts of 2014. All of these are from my blog, The Diligen...

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Surging stock prices will likely increase rather than decrease the costs of saving for retirement for most folks. Why? Because most people, including baby boomers who are inching closer to "retirement age", remain vastly underprepared for retirement.

Why Do You Care What the Market Did Today?

Ken Weber | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Ken Weber

Unless you're in the investment business, you don't need to know how the market is doing every business day. It's better to take a long-term view of all of your investments -- or enlist the services of a respected registered investment advisor to manage your money.

3 Weirdly Accurate Reasons to Stop Saving for Retirement in 2015

Garrett B. Gunderson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
Garrett B. Gunderson

If you're making contributions to retirement plans and you don't have these three things dealt with properly, then temporarily stopping those investments is an important part of getting your finances in order.

How Tony Robbins' "Money: Master The Game" Represents Exactly What Is Destroying America

Ira Israel | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.

Buckle Down Or Mess Around? You Decide

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 12.22.2014 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

There are goods and services many of us decide to pay for, because we value the help of someone who knows what they're doing -- especially when we don't. Financial services are no different.