Retirement

Are You Missing Out on Free Money?

Take advantage of the money you have at your disposal, and make sure you’re getting the most out of it. Read Article

Best Actively Managed Funds With Low Expenses

We highlight 3 of the best actively managed funds that have the winning combination of above-average performance and below average expenses. Read Article

1 Guaranteed Way to Boost Social Security Benefits By 76%

Social Security benefits are more important now than ever. If you're looking for retirement planning tips, they don't get much better than this. Read Article

Emerging Markets for Retirement: 1 Stock, 1 ETF, 1 Mutual Fund

Retirement investors sometimes avoid stocks and funds focused on emerging markets. Here's why you should invest in EM, and three ways to get started. Read Article

3 Steps to Achieve an Early Retirement You Won’t Read Anywhere Else

Looking for an early retirement? Aren't we all. Well, here are three quirky ways to get there that many people might not think to do. Read Article

Put Target-Date ETFs on the Chopping Block

Target-date funds failed in the ETF marketplace because they were just too restrictive and boring for retail investors or advisors to adopt. Read Article

5 Best Index Funds for Investors Under 40

Some of the best index funds to buy if you're in the earlier stages of your life are those that use time to your advantage. Here are 5 such funds. Read Article

SYLD: An ETF You Can Buy and Hold Forever

Buy and hold still has a place in most portfolios, and the SYLD ETF is one of the best candidates out there. Because you're not buying holdings -- you're buying a strategy. Read Article

Is Pfizer (PFE) on the Retirement Buy List?

Pfizer (PFE) typically is touted as a great buy-and-hold investment, but there are plenty of reasons long-term investors should avoid PFE stock altogether. Read Article

Retirees Should NOT Buy International Stocks

By shifting a large sum of your portfolio to international stocks, it opens us the real possibility that you may underperform U.S. stocks in a meaningful way sometime in the future. Read Article

3 Best Vanguard Funds for Conservative Retirees

Vanguard funds are among the best for conservative retirees because they have a rare combination of low costs and high returns relative to risk. We'll look at the three best for conservative investors. Read Article

The 10 Best States to Retire In 2015: Where Does Your State Rank?

The 10 best states to retire in 2015 might surprise you. The 10 worst might come as a shock, too. Where does your state rank? Read Article

Why Preferred Stocks Are a Retiree’s Best Friend (PFF)

Preferred stocks offer little additional risk than bonds with bigger dividends. Here are three tips for choosing the best preferred stocks for your portfolio. Read Article

3 Stocks to Buy for Retirement Investors

Retirement investors should worry, as real inflation is over 10%, and that requires moving into different stocks. Here are three stocks to consider. Read Article

3 Top Funds for Investing in Micro-Cap Stocks

If you don't mind the added market risk, you can beat the broad market averages with these three top funds for investing in micro-cap stocks. Read Article

Mutual Funds: Active Management Outed as a Failure AGAIN

Everyone knows that actively managed mutual funds deliver inferior results, but the latest SPIVA Scorecard removes all doubt that active management is a fool's game. Read Article

The 10 Best Fidelity Funds for Your 401k

Control your own retirement destiny by putting the best Fidelity funds on the market into your 401k and other accounts. It's not hard to do, and it's not expensive. Read Article

Consumer Discretionary Stocks for Retirement Investors

Don't forget consumer discretionary stocks when building your retirement portfolio. Here, we look at three ways to get your consumer fix -- a stock, an ETF and a mutual fund. Read Article

The 3 Best Tax-Efficient Vanguard Funds

If you want the best tax-efficient funds for your taxable account, you'll want to check out these Vanguard funds. Read Article

Why Obama is Right About Brokers — This Time

President Obama is absolutely right in proposing that investors be made aware of how their broker or adviser is compensated and by forcing a higher fiduciary standard on brokers. Read Article