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3 Things to Consider when Choosing an Online Stock Broker

So you are interested in handling your own investments? This has become extremely common in today’s day and age. Simply put, a lot of people do not trust others to invest and manage their money. If this sounds familiar, you need to put time and effort into choosing the online brokerage that is best for [...]

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New Barometer Entertaining, Smart Investing Advice

The New Barometer is Painfully Funny, Unfortunately True Richard Browning’s new article, The New Barometer of High Street Misery is an absolutely entertaining and thought provoking piece that I had to read this week when I happened upon it. Browning is as sarcastic as they come, but don’t tell him that. His message is all [...]

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Do You Need a Financial Planner? What You Should Know

When it comes to personal finances, most of us take things very seriously. Financial planning is probably something that just about every working individual has thought about at one time or another, whether they sat down to devise a plan or they simply mulled over a decision at the dinner table. Hiring a financial planner [...]

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From Finance to Fantasy Football

The NFL season kicks off tonight, and I’m in the mood to write about football… But this is a personal-finance blog… So how can I combine the two? How about this: You can apply fantasy-football logic to your investments, and you can apply economic principles to your fantasy football league — and both your portfolio, [...]

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How to Read a Forex Currency Quote

One of the most difficult things for most people to understand about foreign currency exchange (aka “forex“) is how to read the quotes. We know that when we see a stock trading for $11.25 a share, it means we can use $11.25 of our U.S. dollars to buy one share. But what the heck does [...]

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The Federal Reserve and the Stock Market

The stock market went on a real roller-coaster ride today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hovering around +/- 0 for the day up until about 2:14 PM. Then, out of nowhere, wham!, a 120 point drop! By 2:36, the Dow had dropped another forty-eight points — 168 points in just twenty-eight minutes! But then, [...]

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Want to Increase Your Profits and Lower Your Risk at the Same Time? Think Precious Metals

Historically, gold has been a store of value and the ultimate hedge against economic calamity. As the old Wall Street adage goes, “Put 10% of your assets in gold and hope it doesn’t work.” A recent study by Ibbotson Associates indicates that even in the absence of economic catastrophe, allocating a chunk of your portfolio [...]

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What Every Investor Should Know About the Forex (Foreign Currency Exchange) Market

In the late 1990s and early part of 2000, it seemed like everybody was making a killing in the stock market. While it was great that lots of people were investing, many were doing so with little or no knowledge of the companies they were buying, or even how the stock market worked! Today it [...]

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As the Stock Market Reaches New Highs – What About Gold and Silver as Investments?

The stock market reached an all-time high on Thursday, and then came back on Friday and went even higher. Whenever the market reaches new highs, there are always people who become wary of a potential “correction” — which is essentially a euphemism for a crash! But even if the sky isn’t falling on these Chicken [...]

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Investing on a Budget: How to Get Started in the Stock Market without a lot of Money

In the not-so-distant past, stock trades cost $50 or more. Then Charles Schwab introduced the concept of “discount brokerage,” which forced the big brokers on Wall Street to lower their prices. Finally, the Internet made trading much easier and less expensive, and online brokers like E-Trade and Ameritrade competed to deliver even lower prices. But [...]

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