Personal Finance & Credit / Investing & Retirement

  • Robin Hood offers free stock trades from your smartphone!

      

    Over the years, there have been many attempts to offer free stock trading. Robin Hood is the latest to try zero-commission stock trading. And now this app is available for both iPhones and...

  • Millennials: How to overcome the financial hurdles of your generation

      

    Here are some the money issues MIllennials face, and how they can overcome them.

  • Do you know what you're paying in investment fees?

      

    If you've listened to me for any length of time, you know I'm obsessed with people living below their means and living on less than they make. When you put money aside long-term, you put...

  • Top 5 reasons not to borrow from your 401(k)

      

    According to a new study from Fidelity Investments, nearly 1 in 4 people have a loan against their 401(k) right now. There are a lot of reasons why people may choose to borrow against their...

  • What is an index fund exactly?

      

    In order to understand index funds, it’s a good idea to understand what an index is. A market index is simply a single number which represents a market and tracks its ups and downs. The...

  • Cheap retirement plan options for small businesses

      

    Saving money for retirement is easy if you work for giant corporation. They have 401(k) plans that are generally pretty easy to enroll in and may be with low-cost providers. They'll often have...

  • Investing FAQs: How to start saving for retirement right now

      

    At Clark's Consumer Action Center, we get a lot of calls about investing, saving for retirement and how to get started. Below are the answers to your most frequently asked...

  • 8 dos and don’ts for young workers planning an early retirement

      

    Retiring before you're 65 seems unlikely, but not impossible. Lawrence Pon's client got lucky and retired early and comfortably after the value of her employer's stock suddenly...

  • Clark's golden rule for investing in gold

      

    Gold has fallen from its peak a few years ago down to $1,100 an ounce. Some analysts even think it could drop down to $800 an ounce. So what's going on? It's all about basic market...

  • 4 financial mistakes our parents make - and how to avoid them

      

    It might - or might not - surprise you, but your parents aren't perfect. And when it comes to finances? Your parents might have struggled with their finances while you were growing up. But...

  • Over 40 with no retirement savings? Take these 6 steps

      

    When Leslie Tayne turned 40, her retirement savings, like those of many Americans, were nonexistent. Tayne, founder of New York City-based law firm Tayne Law Group, says that when she was...

  • Damage control: 5 fixes for common investment mistakes

      

    Investing is a game of large numbers. Damage control is one of the ways you can make those numbers work in your favor. In a diversified portfolio, and over a long time horizon, you are going to...

  • 8 crucial investment lessons from the Women's World Cup

      

    The U.S. Women's National Team won the 2015 FIFA World Cup with a dazzling offensive explosion. Their run to the Cup brought popular attention to a sport that has often left Americans more...

  • The recession really is over

      

    While I know that I might hear a collective groan from the readers of this article, I have to say that the U.S. economy is actually doing well.  It’s a topic I consistently discuss and...

  • 5 Brilliant Ways to Invest an Extra $500

      

    When an extra $500 comes your way, what do you do with it? Do you put it toward debt? Head out for a good old-fashioned shopping spree? Or does it disappear into the black hole of spending that...