For Investors: Education Is Key to Protection

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Lend to Friends and Family—But Only if You Follow These 3 Tips ©iStockphoto.com/wutwhanfoto

Lend to Friends and Family—But Only if You Follow These 3 Tips

A "friendly" loan can be a good way to lose money—and tarnish a good relationship with the borrower. But it doesn't have to end that way. If you're considering lending money to a friend or a relative, here are three tips to make friend-and-family lending succeed.

#Adulting: 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Managing My Finances ©iStockphoto.com/aldomurillo

#Adulting: 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Managing My Finances

When you first enter the real world, it can be scary. For all you learned in high school or college, many of us are still left feeling unprepared for the responsibilities that come with setting out on your own—particularly when it comes to personal finance. Here are five steps you can take to feel like you are #Adulting your finances.

Prepare to Invest

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Set Your Financial Goals

Know what you want to accomplish with your investments before you invest.

Products and Professionals

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Key Investing Concepts

Learn about a range of investment products and the people who sell them.

Protect Your Money

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Avoid Fraud

Learn to spot and avoid investment fraud.

Resolve a Problem

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File a Complaint

Start here if you need help.