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How To Avoid Losing $100,000 in Retirement

Employees of smaller companies will have $100,000 less in retirement than workers at bigger companies. But it's not for the reason you think… A study done by BankRate.com found the average worker at a small company who invests in a 401(k) over a lifetime will lose $113,000 of that money. ...

Penny Stocks Are Ripe For Pump-And-Dump Scams

Pump and dump scams are back and they're even infiltrating some unlikely corners of the pop music landscape. A couple of years ago, The Plain Dealer  reported that rap artist 50 Cent tweeted out about an obscure company called H&H Imports, a distributor of headphones, poised to make big dough. ...

Should You Sell Or Stay Put In The Stock Market?

As the stock market keeps climbing into the stratosphere, I have some advice for panicky investors worried about a market that seems to know no mountain it cannot scale. The numbers are now in for the last quarter and the U.S. stock market had a fantastic first 6 months of ...

4 Retirement Planning Tips for Women

I have some disturbing news where women are definitely not living life equal to men. Women tend to live 5 years longer than men on average. Yet they save far more less money for retirement than men, and they tend to invest too conservatively. When you just save money, rather ...

Free Investment Advice for the Small Investor

For many years, the Big 3 discount investing houses -- Fidelity, Schwab and Vanguard -- operated on a simple full service vs. self service model. You could either pay them to handle your investments or you could do it yourself. But now most of those companies offer an in-between option ...

Margin trading: Sabotage to your stock portfolio

Margin trading: Sabotage to your stock portfolio

The stock market is way up over the last 5 years, but there's something many of you are doing that will sabotage your gains. Don't make this common mistake.

Is The Stock Market Rigged?

Reports are now emerging that the stock market is rigged against small investors. But while that may add to your cynicism, it shouldn't subtract from your desire to save and invest. At the heart of the latest scandals is what's called HFT (high frequency trading). This is where insiders cook ...

Don't put money in employer stock

Are you guilty of making what SmartMoney  magazine calls "the dumbest investment move" in your 401(k) at work? I have never been a fan of putting retirement money in employer stock. Let me be perfectly clear: I believe only employers who do not value their employees offer company stock in ...

Is a stock market crash coming?

The stock market is overvalued and a crater in values may be next. So what should you be doing right now? Most Americans contribute to the stock market through their 401(k) at work. Each paycheck has a set amount deducted from it (a process known as "dollar cost averaging") and ...

The real cost of that 401(k) loan

It might be tempting to borrow against your 401(k), but have you ever thought of the real cost of that loan? Some 1 in 5 Americans treat their retirement account like a savings account to draw on at will. Certain 401(k) plans even offer a debit card option for you ...

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