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Debunking Five Stock Market Myths

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

There seems to be a believability about all of these stock market myths. That's where things could be dangerous to your financial health. Believing in any one of these could cause your to not reach your financial goals.

Meet the New Wolves of Wall Street

Jesse Felder | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Jesse Felder

Wall Street is in the midst of some pretty massive changes right now. And I'm talking about Wall Street as it relates to Main Street. I'm talking about how individual investors are being courted (hunted) and cared for (killed) by the new wolves of Wall Street.

What Wealth Isn't

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Perhaps one reason so many Americans find it difficult to build wealth these days is that they are aiming at the wrong target. They get lured by decoys -- things that might seem like wealth, but in the end do not have its true staying power. Here are some of those decoys.

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

Are You Afraid of Money? 6 Ways Math Fears Can Cost You

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Money
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

People who can navigate the more complicated math problems of the money world end up saving hundreds, if not thousands, in fees, interest and taxes. So the big question is: Is being afraid of money costing you?

Back to School? 10 Books for Successful Investors

Betterment.com | Posted 09.05.2014 | Money
Betterment.com

We believe investors are made, not born. And for even the most advanced financial whizzes, ongoing education remains a key part of managing money well. Whether you're just getting started with investing, or you're getting close to retiring, maybe it's time to go back to school -- or at least re-fill your Kindle.

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

How Financially Savvy Is Your Teenager?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.03.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

In an uncertain economic world, these kids are going to have to take care of themselves financially. Are they getting prepared?

The Real Financial Monster: Low Interest Rates

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

The conventional wisdom: low interest rates are good for both economic growth and the stock market. Unfortunately for the conventional, the "wisdom" of low-rates-stimulate-growth omits three features.

Rock Bands, Startups and Discovering the Next Big Idea

Jeff Pulver | Posted 08.29.2014 | Technology
Jeff Pulver

For the past few years, whenever I meet a new startup, I treat them like a rock band. Not only because I believe startups are rock stars, but because I have learned -- from my experience as the owner of an indie record label and as an early-stage investor -- that there are a lot of similarities between the two.

You're Out Of Debt, Have Savings, And Are On Track For Retirement. What's Next?

LearnVest | Posted 09.16.2014 | Money
LearnVest

Congratulations! You're one of the lucky, financially diligent few who have your basic financial security numbers -- that is, retirement, credit card debt and emergency savings -- under control, and you deserve a big pat on the back. But the big question remains: Now what?

In Retirement Planning, One Size Does Not Fit All

Catherine Golladay | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

Something as important as a 401(k) - a long-term savings vehicle that is for many people their largest or only source of retirement income - deserves the kind of care and professional management we employ in so many other areas of our lives.

Sudden Wealth From the Sale of Your Business?

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Sooner or later every business owner wants to retire or just sell his business. For a business owner this is a huge life event. Some are very sure of their decision, while others can be hesitant.

Gender Equality As an Investment Concept

Joe Keefe | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Joe Keefe

In my view, investing in women -- or investing in companies that are committed to gender equality and women's leadership -- is just such a strategy. Moreover, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it is a smart investment strategy:

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.

Sudden Wealth From a Divorce?

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Divorce may require you to deal with a lot of wealth and complex questions that you never had before. Make sure you have the right advisers in place.

"F" Words, Financial Services and You

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 08.20.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

It represents everything that is bad about the financial services industry. The other side is the RIAs (Registered Investment Advisers). They represent everything that is good about the financial services industry.

I'm Planning To Retire In My 30s. Here's How

LearnVest | Posted 08.20.2014 | Money
LearnVest

Later this year, at the age of 32, I plan to quit my full-time job as a software developer and don't intend to look for another one. By then, I expect my portfolio will be large enough to fund my essential expenses for at least the next 30 years, if not indefinitely, so that getting another 9-to-5 job becomes an option rather than a necessity.

Money Mumbo-Jumbo: What's The Difference Between Large and Small Cap Stocks?

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

If you're scratching your head wondering exactly what it means, you're not alone.

Is Your Banker Like Gordon Gekko ... or Darth Vader?

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.15.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

People don't tend to feel warm and fuzzy about their bankers, in part because bankers have a nasty habit of doing things to alienate their customers. At their worst, bankers can almost live up to the evil embodied in the most twisted characters in movie history.

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.

5 Benefits of Raising Capital Online Through Equity Crowdfunding

Sang Lee | Posted 08.12.2014 | Small Business
Sang Lee

Equity crowdfunding has become something of a legend in the startup industry. It is being hailed (and criticized) for being a brand new conduit for st...

How to Time the Market Like Warren Buffett

Jesse Felder | Posted 08.08.2014 | Money
Jesse Felder

Warren Buffett likes to counsel individual investors to buy-and-hold (specifically, buy an equity index fund and hold it forever). This is a perfect example of "do as I say, not as I do," as Buffett has successfully timed the market for decades.

Bored Investors Beware

John G. Taft | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
John G. Taft

You may want to try to knock one out of the park. But your best chance of doing that is to remain patient, stay disciplined, hit singles and doubles and wait for what Warren Buffett famously calls "the fat pitch" before swinging for the fences.

As America Turns Its Gaze Toward Africa, It Has The Chance To Promote A New Model Of Investment

Kadri Lomo | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Kadri Lomo

As the U.S. Fortune 500 and U.S. private equity are set to turn its corporate gaze toward Africa, it has the chance to learn from previous investment attempts and promote this new model of interaction on the African continent.