How Do You Know if it’s Time to Retire?

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Editor’s note: Obviously if you’re my age (late 30s) this question may not be the first thing on your mind each day – although, as someone who is interested in financial independence and early retirement, I do personally find it helpful to begin thinking about these life-after-work concepts.   But for both my father and my […]

The Top Secrets of Successful Retirees

Secrets of Successful Retirees

What if you could take a glimpse into your retirement future? What would it look like? Would your retirement goals be obtained and would you be living the lifestyle you currently desire in the later years? While you can’t see your future self in the retirement years, you can learn from others who have traveled […]

Rebalance IRA: A Balanced Approach to Managing Your Retirement Portfolio

Rebalance IRA

I’m certainly not an investment guru, but I’m always interested in learning about investment services such as Rebalance IRA. Why? Let’s face it, picking and managing investments for an IRA, (or any retirement account) isn’t easy for the average Joe and it’s serious business. After all, these decisions impact you in your retirement years! Wouldn’t […]

Betterment Review 2014: We’re [Still] All Investors Now

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Update: This comprehensive review now includes the latest on the revolutionary personal investing service, Betterment. Here are the details. Fees – Back in the day, Betterment used to charge 0.3% to 0.9%, depending on your account balance. Now they are charging from 0.15% to 0.35% (this is on top of investment expenses). They categorize their […]

Why I Use OptionsHouse for Trading and Options

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I know many of you are interested in beginning a taxable investing account and so I’m back with a quick review of another online stock broker to help you do your cheap stock trading. OptionsHouse is an options-focused broker that also offers extremely cheap stock trades. As you may or may not know, options trading […]

Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2014

traditional roth ira contribution limits

The 2014 IRA contribution limits remained stagnant from last year to this year. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA These Individual Retirement Arrangements or Accounts (IRAs) were created to provide a tax incentive to save for your own retirement. They are both excellent tools to help you in your efforts to secure a comfortable retirement. I have […]

Signal Speculator Portfolio Update (-0.7%) ADEP Flatlines [Grow Your Dough Throwdown Part 2]

ADEP Part 2

Well, two months have come and gone and I haven’t made a dime in my attempt at stock speculation. Cue the sad piano. I’ve been participating in the Grow Your Dough Throwdown with some other bloggers. Read Part 1. This contest has us each investing in the assets of our choice (stocks, funds, gold, businesses, […]

$50 TradeKing Account Opening Bonus – EXTENDED

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Update: TradeKing is giving a $50 bonus to new account holders who open their accounts before February 12th, 2014 with at least $3,000. TradeKing, one of the best online discount brokers is offering up their yearly promotion of a free $50 when you open a new TradeKing account.  This year’s bonus is slightly more difficult […]

Why Investing Women Rock and You Can Too

Men vs Women Investing

This article comes from friend and blogger Maria Nedeva. A couple of days ago I was browsing a forum on an investment-focused site. It was smooth reading, until I read: “…Women can’t invest because their heads are full of shoes and handbags.” My disbelief rapidly matured into growing irritation. Hold on a minute! I like […]

Book Review: The 5 Years Before You Retire

5 Years Before You Retire

The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement planning when you need it the most, just hit bookshelves. As you would expect, it’s perfect for anyone around 5 years away from retirement. So if that’s you, or if you know someone in that category, then pay attention. I read the book so I could confidently pass […]

My Approach to Stock Speculation in 2014 [Grow Your Dough Throwdown Part 1]

Where to Invest

Today is the start of the Grow Your Dough Throwdown. I’m competing. This is my post sharing my investing strategy for the Throwdown. The Throwdown is a fun challenge my friend Jeff Rose from Good Financial Cents cooked up. It’s simple. Take $1,000 at the beginning of the year and invest it in whatever you […]

These 11 Money Experts Share the Secrets to Finding Reliable Financial Advice

Jim Cramer

Do you struggle with knowing where to find reliable financial advice? You are not alone, according to TIAA-CREF’s second annual Financial Advice Survey. In fact, 48% of Americans struggle with the same thing. A leader in the financial services industry, TIAA-CREF employed an independent firm to survey 1,000 random American adults about their attitudes, behaviors, […]