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December 7, 2017

Bonds in a Bull Market? 7 Tips Before You Invest

It’s often during long bull markets that an asset mix gets out of sync and calls for rebalancing. When investments in stocks have been rising, rebalancing generally means considering shifting assets to bonds. Here are 7 tips to consider before you invest in bonds or bond funds.


December 5, 2017

6 Tips To Stay Safe Online This Holiday Season

Online shopping can be a great way to snag deals and comparison shop, saving you time and energy. But it is not without its perils. If you are one of the millions likely to shop online this holiday season, check out these six tips to stay safe as you shop.


November 30, 2017

Fund Shopping this Holiday Season? Research and Compare.

Comparison shopping for financial products such as mutual funds and ETFs is a sound practice. The Financial Industry Regulatory (FINRA) has introduced a new and improved Fund Analyzer tool, just in time for end-of-year fund shopping.


November 28, 2017

How to Avoid the Holiday Debt Trap

There's no escaping the aftermath of too much holiday cheer, whether it’s a few extra pounds or the dreaded hangover. And binging on gifts and entertaining can leave a lasting pain, too: credit card debt.


November 21, 2017

The Lifecycle of an Online Trade

Investors make millions of online stock trades each day. Once you click, tap or hit enter to buy or sell a stock—what happens next? Our infographic walks you through five key steps in the lifecycle of an online trade.


November 21, 2017

FINRA Introduces New Functionality and Design to Fund Analyzer

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has introduced a new and improved Fund Analyzer tool to help investors and financial professionals understand the impact of fees and potentially discounts on mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, exchange-traded notes and money market funds.


November 17, 2017

Smart Questions to Ask About Smart Beta Products: Part 2

Smart beta investment products, such as ETFs, are linked to and seek to track the performance of alternatively weighted indices. Here are six "smart" questions to ask before investing in a product linked to a smart beta index.


November 14, 2017

How to Stay Out of the Red on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Beyond

When it comes to taking control of holiday spending this year, a recent survey offers insight on where to start. If you want to stay in the black on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond, start by looking in the mirror.


November 9, 2017

This Veteran's Day, Let's Recognize How Vets Fare Financially

Each November 11, we recognize the many accomplishments and sacrifices made by our 22 million U.S. military veterans. We pay tribute to their bravery and service to our country, and hear many personal stories of what it means to be a veteran in America today. One story worth telling is how America's veterans fare financially.


November 7, 2017

Watch Out for These 5 Unexpected Costs of Raising a Child

Soon-to-be parents suspect what parents already know—kids are expensive. From diapers to childcare, the big and little expenses add up. But there are a number of other, unexpected expenses that can take new parents by surprise.


November 2, 2017

Get Smart About Smart Beta: Part 1

"Smart beta" has become an increasingly common Wall Street catch phrase, with a growing list of smart-beta products available to investors. Since these products are likely to stick around, now is a good time to get smart about smart beta products.


October 31, 2017

New FINRA Exam to Open Doors to Financial Industry

Looking to break into the financial services industry? The Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam is the new streamlined FINRA competency exam that will open up opportunities for individuals seeking to enter—or re-enter—the securities industry.


October 26, 2017

Know Before You Invest: Volatility-Linked Exchange-Traded Products

While exchange-traded products are more popular than ever, it’s important to remember that though they trade like stocks, their risks can be far more complex. Indeed, volatility-linked ETFs and ETNs are highly complex, and investors could risk major losses if they trade them without understanding how they work.


October 24, 2017

3 Creepy Investment Scams

There aren't many things creepier than an investment that starts out sounding safe and full of opportunity, but ends up leaving the investor in a state of financial shock. Sadly, that's what happens all too often in these three dark and potentially devastating investment scams.


October 19, 2017

Saving for Retirement—How's That Working Out for You?

There is no better time than National Save for Retirement Week (October 16-21) to start saving in earnest or make positive adjustments to your existing retirement savings game plan. Here are 5 solid tips to make retirement savings work out for you.


October 18, 2017

6 Financial To-Dos After Saying "I Do"

Disagreement over money is one of the chief sources of tension for couples, numerous studies have shown. Get your marriage off to a strong start with these six smart financial to-dos now that you’ve said "I do."


October 12, 2017

Avoid Bad Financial Luck This Friday the 13th With These 4 Tips

This Friday the 13th, you might be taking some extra precautions to ward off bad luck, perhaps carrying around your rabbit’s foot or other good luck charm. But how about taking some extra precautions when it comes to your financial situation?