401k & Investing Tips

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

What Is a Price-Weighted Index?

IBM and Intel both dropped similarly after Tuesday's earnings reports, but they'll have wildly different effects on the Dow Jones. Here's why. Read Article

5 Ways to Invest $10,000 Now

Getting started isn't nearly as tough as you may think. And remember: Not all investments have to be in the capital markets. Read Article

Avoiding the Market Is Not a Sane Strategy

Baby boomers are shunning stocks at the wrong time. The longer they're out of the market, the harder it is to get back in. That's killing retirement savings. Read Article

Don’t Invest Where All the Love Is

The market loves buzz, but if you want growth, you should avoid the pack. Instead, you might have to target smaller stocks, or companies in niche sectors. Read Article

Making the Most of a Smaller Retirement Porfolio

You don't to be loaded already to make good money. It takes a little bit more work, but retirement is still workable with some smart decisions. Read Article

Retirement Lessons to Learn From Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme

The Bernie Madoff scandal provides some tips for investors about avoiding a catastrophic end to your hard-earned retirement money. Read Article

Social Media and Investing Fraud: What You Need to Know

Social media has many benefits, but there is plenty of danger lurking out there as well -- including investment fraud. Here's how to avoid it. Read Article