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Legislation Increasing Support to SBA Investment Program a Step Forward for Entrepreneurs Looking for Capital

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

House legislation seeks to provide greater access to capital for entrepreneurs by expanding the amount available to small business investments through the SBA's Small Business Investment Company program

How to Start Investing With Less Than $500

GOBankingRates | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

There is a common belief that the best investment options require a lot of money to get started, but the reality is there are investments that allow you to start with as little as a $10 per month contribution, or a one-time deposit of $25.

Market Microstructure, the New Frontier for Long-term Portfolio Optimization

Irene Aldridge | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Why has market microstructure been left orphaned by portfolio managers until now? First, the data required for market microstructure analysis used to be scarce.

5 Reasons Not to Invest With Financial Advisers at a Brand Name Firm

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 03.12.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Too many investors select financial advisers from brand firms because they believe it is a safer decision. But, are they really safer based on misleading TV commercials? The number of investors who believe they are safer is dropping.

5 Things You Need To Know Now About Private Investments

Blaine McLaughlin | Posted 03.12.2015 | Money
Blaine McLaughlin

Investing in private companies and funds is becoming more accessible, with smaller investment amounts, helpful regulatory changes and the availability of streamlined processing. Of course, private investments are not for everyone. But before you decide they're not for you, you need to understand the watershed changes taking place in the private securities sector.

'Chicken Money' Safety vs. Interest

Terry Savage | Posted 02.19.2015 | Money
Terry Savage

Low rates are a great way to help the government finance its growing deficits. But they sure make it tough for savers and retirees who wanted to live on the interest from their savings. Here are five things you should know about "chicken money."

Reduce Your Spending and Save More. Now.

Ken Weber | Posted 02.13.2015 | Money
Ken Weber

Once you decide on an amount for saving, stick to it. If possible, use the old technique of paying yourself first. When you sit down to pay your bills, write the first check to your nest egg.

Good Looks, Bad Advice

Dan Solin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Dan Solin

Why would 78 percent of individual investors continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that investing in a portfolio of all index funds is the best way to meet your retirement goals?

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

The Landlord Philanthropist

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

The idea of a philanthropic landlord is a mind-bending oxymoron. But the man who turned commercial real estate into a tool for philanthropy says the basic concept is simple.

5 Ways to Leverage Your Way to Next-Level Growth in Your Business

Garrett B. Gunderson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Garrett B. Gunderson

In the beginning, time is the most abundant resource that you have and you will give it freely. But as your business and income grows, so do your responsibilities. Time now becomes precious because you have very little of it.

Time to Stress Test Your Investments

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

When I think of a stress test, I imagine a patient in a doctor's office, running on a treadmill, with tons of sensor patches connected all over the ch...

10 Best Apps for Timid First-Time Investors

GOBankingRates | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

How to Retire in 5 Years or Less, At Any Age

Garrett B. Gunderson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Money
Garrett B. Gunderson

What if maxing out your retirement accounts and waiting 30 years for the market to do its magic was actually a myth? And that the "mountain of cash" you plan to retire on won't be nearly as large as their charts showed?

Why Do You Care What the Market Did Today?

Ken Weber | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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.

Dow 18,000 Spooking You?

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

A market high does not indicate a looming correction, nor a market that will continue up like a rocket going into orbit. So there's the confusion as to what investors should do when we hit these new levels.

Smart People: Bad Financial Decisions

Steven Abernathy and Brian Luster | Posted 02.10.2015 | Money
Steven Abernathy and Brian Luster

Why do smart people make poor decisions? More importantly, why do they keep making poor decisions? Perhaps they study stocks, market fluctuations, or market indicators. But only a fractional percentage of investors manage to "beat" the market.

CRISPR Opportunities ... For What? And for Whom?

Pete Shanks | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

Money and deals are flowing into companies that promise to edit genes. Human, animal, plant, all kinds of DNA may be on the cutting board. And once the replacements are pasted in, the results could dramatically change our lives -- for better or for worse.

Here's One Holiday Sale You Don't Want to Miss

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

There's a different kind of sale you might want to check out before year end. It's one of the best kind of holiday sales. One where you can trim your tax bill before April 15!

5 Things High Net Worth Individuals Need To Know About Medical Marijuana

April Rudin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
April Rudin

This is a development to watch - and one with many upside opportunities. But right now it feels like a green rush, so be careful you don't get caught up in the weeds.

Changed Jobs? Rollover Questions Answered

David A. Dedman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you recently switched jobs, there may be a waiting period of up to a year before you can participate in your new employers 401(k) plan. That bites.

5 Reasons to Meet With a Financial Planner

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 01.14.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Financial planners help their clients build a financial portfolio and determine the best way to allocate your investments. However, there are plenty of other major life events that would merit a trip to the financial planner.

5 Investments Strategies to Avoid Like the Plague

David A. Dedman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

Keep a balance in all things, especially your investments. Diversification will save the day.

These 5 FinTech Companies Are Changing the Way We Invest

Kevin Yu | Posted 12.29.2014 | Money
Kevin Yu

These five companies are positioned to really change the way consumers think about investing. By empowering individuals to have easy and affordable access, it simplifies the complex world of investing.