401k & Investing Tips

How to Manage Your Retirement Accounts

Find out how to run your retirement account. We'll tell you how much to put in and when, what kinds of investments to consider and how to cash out. Read Article

3 Stock Investing Strategies to Maximize Returns

Is it best to save up and buy a bunch of shares at once? Or buy a little each month? We dig into the numbers here. Read Article

T. Rowe Price Taking a Chainsaw to an Ingrown Toenail

In a puzzling move, T. Rowe Price has banned trading for American Airlines employees who subscribe to the EZTracker newsletter. Read Article

Where Should You Put Your Extra Cash: Stocks or Student Loans?

The experts might be pointing you down one road, but it’s also impossible to ignore the emotions that will inevitably sneak into your financial decisions. Read Article

More Young Investors Turn to Online Wealth Management Firms — Should You?

Many millennials are enjoying financial success via online wealth management firms. It's a good option, but you still need to know what you're getting into. Read Article

AUDIO: Target-Date Funds for (and of) the Next Generation

Alyssa Oursler chats with Tim McCabe of Stadion Money Management about new, flexible target-date funds ... and why young investors should care. Read Article

A Beginner’s Guide to Picking 401k Funds

The problem with 401ks is that every employer has its own plan, with its own list of mutual funds to pick from. Here’s a simple primer on five major flavors of funds you’ll have to pick from. Read Article

Young Investors: Ignore ‘Sell in May’ Mania

If you're a young investor with very little money to work with, trying to play the "Sell in May" game is more likely to rob you than enrich you. Read Article

What’s the Right Asset Mix for My Portfolio?

It may seem tricky to figure out what types of investments to choose, but a little homework goes a long way. Here's a start. Read Article

For Funds, Pay Attention to the Fine Print

Even in target-date funds where you're letting a fund manager do most of the work for you, if you don't do your homework, you could end up with an investment you didn't bargain for. Read Article

Intimidated By Your New 401k? Try a Target-Date Fund

Signing up for a 401k is cake, but deciding how to allocate your funds isn't so easy. Target-date mutual funds can shoulder that burden. Read Article

3 Simple Steps to Start Investing

Considering a dive into the market, but you just need a little push? Well, here's a gentle push -- and a couple tips to help you once you're in the water. Read Article

Buying a Stock: Simple Concept … But a Complex Process

Remember: If you go seeking out portfolio advice, you'll find no shortage of opinions. But in the end, the one that matters most is yours. Read Article

You Can’t Make Money With Your Head in the Sand

Despite years of charging markets, American investors still appear to be fearful and living in the past. That won't change until they get their heads out of the sand and into the now. Read Article

Under-Preached Advice for Young Investors

Lost in a world of "X number of tips" for investing and conserving money are some bigger-picture ideas that can help you preserve your sanity. Read Article

5 Unsung Trading Rules to Live By

There are many more ways to fail at trading than there are to succeed, but avoiding these five common mistakes will give you a leg up. Read Article

Merger Arbitrage: Avoid It Like the Plague

The speculation over the final price of Sprint's purchase of Clearwire demonstrates to individual investors why it doesn't pay to be greedy. Read Article

Protect Yourself From a Lopsided 401(k)

Funds with different flavors often have a lot of overlapping stocks, which can leave you paying double for less diversity than you were hoping for. Read Article

Work Till You Drop: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Media gives working into your 80s a bad rap. But, in fact, it's our whole concept of 'retirement' that needs rethinking. Read Article

Retirement Investing Lessons from Apple

Apple's drop from $700 to $600 is a point of remorse for many investors -- but also the basis of an important lesson for people actively taking control of their retirement. Read Article