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Stay on Top of Tech Trends: Conference Highlights Progress

Stay on Top of Tech Trends: Conference Highlights Progress

There’s an info tech race underway and the competition could be fierce in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Google ---owned by Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)---entered the fray last week as it unveiled upgraded AI technology along with other product evolution at its Google I/O annual developer conference.

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Shifting Targets: Why Managed Investments Might Suit Pre-Retirees
May 16, 2018

Shifting Targets: Why Managed Investments Might Suit Pre-Retirees

Young employees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they tend to have something in common: their financial situation. Most young people are just ...

Basics of Commodities Trading: Where, How Investors Can Start
May 10, 2018

Basics of Commodities Trading: Where, How Investors Can Start

Commodity markets may conjure a freewheeling world of high rollers living hard and taking outsized risks, and there’s some historical truth in that image. But in a ...

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Mother to Mother: Tips for Raising Money-Smart Kids
May 10, 2018

Mother to Mother: Tips for Raising Money-Smart Kids

As mothers, we teach our children about good manners, stranger danger, and the value of hard work. But there’s another skill: money management.

4 Takeaways from Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Meeting
May 9, 2018

4 Takeaways from Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Meeting

Every year at Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A, BRK.B) annual meeting, CEO and Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger spend hours answering...

Social Media Stocks: Investing in Disruptive Technologies
May 8, 2018

Social Media Stocks: Investing in Disruptive Technologies

As the social media space continues to pervade our lives, several companies jockey for a place among our device’s daily routines.

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Investment Portfolio Management: A Key to Staying on Track
May 7, 2018

Investment Portfolio Management: A Key to Staying on Track

To many people, investment management simply means tracking performance. But it’s that and so much more. It involves continually evaluating and adjusting...

Why Investors Care About the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
May 1, 2018

Why Investors Care About the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

There are the usual yearly shareholder meetings held by corporations; then there’s Warren Buffett and the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK) annual shareholders’ ...

April Earnings Deliver, But Roller Coaster Ride Continues
April 26, 2018

April Earnings Deliver, But Roller Coaster Ride Continues

Expectations were high that April might bring some relief to the markets as investors turned their attention to corporate earnings. And at first that seemed to be ...

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Market Insight: Your Guide to Navigating the Month Ahead
April 18, 2018

Market Insight: Your Guide to Navigating the Month Ahead

The volatility that surfaced during Q1 spread into the early days of Q2 as investors and analysts tried to absorb the barrage of information about geopolitical issues...

Is the Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks
April 12, 2018

Is the Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks

When stock market volatility picked up in February 2018, so did the relationship that gold has to the benchmark S&P 500 Index. That’s unusual by some standards ...

Exchange-Traded Funds: Tips to Help Narrow Down Your Choices
April 10, 2018

Exchange-Traded Funds: Tips to Help Narrow Down Your Choices

Looking for a more efficient way to diversify your portfolio? You may want to consider an exchange-traded fund (ETF). With an ETF, you have the opportunity ...

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Three Steps to Get Started with Financial Education
April 2, 2018

Three Steps to Get Started with Financial Education

Learning to navigate the landscape of financial concepts can seem daunting at first. But it can also be an exciting journey, one which, in the end, may prove to be ...

What’s for Dinner? Online Grocery Shopping and Grocerants
March 30, 2018

What’s for Dinner? Online Grocery Shopping and Grocerants

Convenience is king. That’s the new motto of the grocery store industry, which is transforming from traditional supermarkets that sell fresh and packaged goods for ...

March's Bumpy Ride: Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Tech Turbulence
March 28, 2018

March's Bumpy Ride: Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Tech Turbulence

March was another choppy month for the stock market, with volatility remaining elevated. The volatility appeared to stem in part from rising fears over global trade...

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Cyclical Stocks: Investing in What Goes Around and Comes Around
March 26, 2018

Cyclical Stocks: Investing in What Goes Around and Comes Around

A cycle is a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order. Think back to third grade, when you learned about the water cycle—evaporation ...

Homebuilders and Housing: Spring Selling Season Gets Underway
March 23, 2018

Homebuilders and Housing: Spring Selling Season Gets Underway

Between low unemployment rates and strong consumer confidence, combined with record low interest rates, tight supply and high prices, the housing sector has...

Fed Hikes Rates Ahead of Upcoming Big Bank Earnings
March 23, 2018

Fed Hikes Rates Ahead of Upcoming Big Bank Earnings

After the 2007-2008 financial crisis, central banks around the world took extraordinary measures with monetary policy to spur economic growth and provide stability...

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Energy Sector Earnings: What’s Going on Ahead of Q1 Reports
March 22, 2018

Energy Sector Earnings: What’s Going on Ahead of Q1 Reports

Amid the downturn in oil and natural gas prices over the past several years, many companies in the energy sector took steps to improve efficiencies and cut costs by...

Spot the Trend: Spotify Investor Day Reveals Demographic Shift
March 22, 2018

Spot the Trend: Spotify Investor Day Reveals Demographic Shift

Last week's Spotify investor day could help investors identify trends in how younger people might invest.

Financial Literacy Month: The Importance of Investor Education
March 22, 2018

Financial Literacy Month: The Importance of Investor Education

We all know it’s a good idea to regularly check in on our financial plans, making sure we’re on track to pursue our goals. Throughout that process, you may also identify ...

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A Look at the Tech Sector Ahead of Upcoming Earnings
March 21, 2018

A Look at the Tech Sector Ahead of Upcoming Earnings

After the tech sector’s high-flying performance in 2017, and several years of outperforming the S&P 500 (SPX), there were some mixed opinions at the start of the year...

Esports and Gaming Might Be Bigger Business Than You Think
March 21, 2018

Esports and Gaming Might Be Bigger Business Than You Think

There are a lot of mixed opinions on esports, competitive video game tournaments held in venues all over the world. For the skeptics, you might be surprised to learn...

New Fed Chair Powell Takes Over, Why Care About the Fed?
March 20, 2018

New Fed Chair Powell Takes Over, Why Care About the Fed?

The Federal Reserve, or the Fed, is a common topic when it comes to investing and the financial world. With the recent focus on Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the Fed’s...

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Investing in IPOs: Do They Live up to the Hype?
March 20, 2018

Investing in IPOs: Do They Live up to the Hype?

Our brains are wired to like new things, even when they aren’t necessarily better than the old. In the world of investing, nothing is newer or can generate more...

The Basics of IPOs: Some Things You Should Know Before Investing
March 20, 2018

The Basics of IPOs: Some Things You Should Know Before Investing

Stock markets at record highs can bring on initial public offerings (IPOs) and plenty of hype. Like most new things, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and...

The Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy and Your Investments
March 15, 2018

The Federal Reserve, Monetary Policy and Your Investments

As the markets waited for Jerome Powell to be sworn in to his role as Chair of the Federal Reserve, taking over from former Chair Janet Yellen on Feb. 5, 2018, many...

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Investment Strategies to Help Weather Rising Interest Rates
March 13, 2018

Investment Strategies to Help Weather Rising Interest Rates

As an investor, it's important to know whether interest rates are rising or falling. Why? Changes in interest rates impact the performance of stocks and bonds...

Market Insight: Your Guide to Navigating the Month Ahead
March 12, 2018

Market Insight: Your Guide to Navigating the Month Ahead

A calm-but-consistent stock market rally defined most of 2017, but the first three months of 2018 have been anything but quiet. Investors have experienced market...

Trade Wars Ahead? Markets Rattled After Trump Announces Tariffs
March 2, 2018

Trade Wars Ahead? Markets Rattled After Trump Announces Tariffs

Trade war talks have been rattling global markets since President Trump announced on Thursday, Mar. 1 that he will impose tariffs of 25% and 10% on imports of steel...

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Italian Election: Perhaps not Another Brexit, but Risks Remain
March 1, 2018

Italian Election: Perhaps not Another Brexit, but Risks Remain

Brexit redux? Perhaps not this weekend. There is, however, a political event Sunday—the Italian election, in which voters head to polls to elect a new government.

Spotify Set to Go Public as Big Tech Continues to Push into Media
February 28, 2018

Spotify Set to Go Public as Big Tech Continues to Push into Media

Spotify is expected to go public sometime in March or April. Since its founding in 2006, it has grown to become the largest dedicated music-streaming service...

What’s a Direct Listing? Spotify’s Unusual Route to Going Public
February 28, 2018

What’s a Direct Listing? Spotify’s Unusual Route to Going Public

Music-streaming company Spotify has filed to go public, sometime in March or April, only it’s choosing to do so in an unconventional way, via a direct listing...

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Crafting Your Portfolio? Consider Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
February 28, 2018

Crafting Your Portfolio? Consider Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

The great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, once said that every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. Michelangelo’s ...

Volatility in February: Markets Recover After Unexpected Sell-Off
February 27, 2018

Volatility in February: Markets Recover After Unexpected Sell-Off

After a strong start to 2018, stocks went on a roller-coaster ride at the beginning of February in what was one of the most volatile weeks in the history...

CDs, Savings & Interest Rates: Are the Good Old Days Returning?
February 23, 2018

CDs, Savings & Interest Rates: Are the Good Old Days Returning?

Whether you’re a millennial who’s tired of hearing older people reminisce about how they used to get 5% interest on their CDs, or an older investor who fondly ...

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What’s Going On? Market Q&A With Our Chief Market Strategist
February 21, 2018

What’s Going On? Market Q&A With Our Chief Market Strategist

After the recent bout of volatility and several major indices dipped into correction territory, investors might be getting a little fearful that this bull market can’t keep...

Three Big Problems Companies Are Trying to Solve With AI
February 16, 2018

Three Big Problems Companies Are Trying to Solve With AI

Among the many topics discussed at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, artificial intelligence (AI) was pervasive throughout the multi-day meeting of some...

Hey Millennials: Should Market Drops Be Something to Fear?
February 14, 2018

Hey Millennials: Should Market Drops Be Something to Fear?

Yes, Virginia (and Vincent), the stock markets go down too. Or as legendary banker J. Pierpont Morgan is credited to have said, “The market will go up and the ...

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Infrastructure Spending on the Rise? Sectors to Watch
February 14, 2018

Infrastructure Spending on the Rise? Sectors to Watch

Big government spending programs can inject billions or even trillions dollars into the economy, often giving industry a boost. This was true in the “go-go” years of ...

Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, Growth
February 13, 2018

Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, Growth

Whether you’re invested in bonds or considering a car loan, you should know what’s up with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The government puts this data ...

How Tax-Free Investments May Benefit You, Your Kids, Charities
February 12, 2018

How Tax-Free Investments May Benefit You, Your Kids, Charities

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, that hasn’t stopped scientists ...

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TD Economics: Another Government Shutdown?
February 8, 2018

TD Economics: Another Government Shutdown?

Another month, another looming government shutdown. If Washington does not act by midnight on February 8th, we could face yet...

Federal Reserve and Inflation: It’s Your Turn, Jerome Powell
February 7, 2018

Federal Reserve and Inflation: It’s Your Turn, Jerome Powell

Is the economy doing too well? A hike in wages—something the Federal Reserve has been awaiting for some time—appeared to help set off an inflationary ...

Tax Tips for Traders: Form 8949 & Section 1256 Contracts
February 5, 2018

Tax Tips for Traders: Form 8949 & Section 1256 Contracts

With the April 17, 2018, tax deadline looming, it’s time for investors and traders to embrace their special tax-time responsibilities. For starters, Uncle Sam demands we ...

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Fork it Over: As Food Inflation Ticks Higher, 4 Sectors to Watch
February 1, 2018

Fork it Over: As Food Inflation Ticks Higher, 4 Sectors to Watch

Everyone has to eat, and wherever you do it this year – at home, in your car, at your favorite restaurant – prepare to pay more. Retail food inflation is expected to ...

CES 2018: A Look at This Year’s Big Tech Trends
February 1, 2018

CES 2018: A Look at This Year’s Big Tech Trends

Tech companies from around the world descended upon Las Vegas earlier in January to showcase their latest and best products at CES, the annual...

What To Do With Extra Money: 5 Ways To Put It To Work For You
February 1, 2018

What To Do With Extra Money: 5 Ways To Put It To Work For You

Bonus. Pay raise. Tax refund. Inheritance. Whatever the source, it’s fun and exciting to have unexpected cash. Your imagination runs wild with what to do...

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At 2018 Outset: Cyclicals, Transports and Showdown Politics
January 30, 2018

At 2018 Outset: Cyclicals, Transports and Showdown Politics

Despite some political fireworks, markets stayed on a roll in January with emerging markets leading the way. Cyclical stocks, transports, and small-caps also lit up...

6 Global Economic Themes for 2018
January 29, 2018

6 Global Economic Themes for 2018

Global economies are constantly in flux and, regardless of whether these changes are positive or negative, overseas developments can have a large impact here in the U.S...

Capital Gains and How Tax Reform Affects Long-Term Investments
January 24, 2018

Capital Gains and How Tax Reform Affects Long-Term Investments

As most alert taxpayers know, a sweeping tax reform bill was put into law in January that affects most tax brackets, a pack of exemptions—both personal and ...

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Speed Bump Ahead for Autos? Factors for Investors to Consider
January 24, 2018

Speed Bump Ahead for Autos? Factors for Investors to Consider

U.S. automakers have come a long way since the depths of the 2007-09 Great Recession. The industry has been solidly profitable, and the past two years brought ...

Emerging Risk Trends: Potential Market Drivers for 2018
January 23, 2018

Emerging Risk Trends: Potential Market Drivers for 2018

Despite a positive start to 2018, there are many Emerging Risk Trends which have the potential to sway global financial markets. Today, we are highlighting the top ...

Government Shutdowns… a Story We’ve Heard Before
January 19, 2018

Government Shutdowns… a Story We’ve Heard Before

The potential for a government shutdown has been making headlines the past few months, but are they really that big of a deal? Admittedly, the term sounds...

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Cost Basis: Noncovered & Covered Securities Tax Implications
January 18, 2018

Cost Basis: Noncovered & Covered Securities Tax Implications

Getting ready for tax season? It's time to take a look at cost basis and make sure you're covered when it comes to correct reporting. Back in 2001, the U.S. GAO ...

Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait?
January 17, 2018

Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait?

We’re familiar with the saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” At least nothing is lost, either, right? But in some cases, the “nothing ventured” choice may come at a ...

Financial Planning in the New Year: Consider Getting Personal
January 15, 2018

Financial Planning in the New Year: Consider Getting Personal

Ah, the new year! It's a chance to hit the "reset" button; to make a fresh run at those things we'd like to do better. And for many of us, financial planning is at or near the ...

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Tech Sector Earnings: What’s Been Happening Ahead of Q4 Results?
January 12, 2018

Tech Sector Earnings: What’s Been Happening Ahead of Q4 Results?

The tech sector was the best performer in 2017 and has started 2018 off on a strong note. After breaking through the 7000 level for the first time ever at the beginning...

The Financial Sector: Checking in Ahead of Q4 Earnings Reports
January 3, 2018

The Financial Sector: Checking in Ahead of Q4 Earnings Reports

After struggling for much of 2017 to build on its post-election rally in 2016, financial stocks moved sharply higher over the past three months as investors’...

U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018
January 3, 2018

U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018

2017 ended up being a banner year for many housing-related stocks including homebuilders and home improvement retailers. There were several different...

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Investors Bundle Up and Make Way for Old Man Winter
January 1, 2018

Investors Bundle Up and Make Way for Old Man Winter

Wherever you reside in the U.S., with the exception of places where palm trees grow year-round, the costs to heat your home this winter probably will take a bigger ...

Tax-Loss Harvesting: Reaping What You Sow With Tax Efficiency
December 26, 2017

Tax-Loss Harvesting: Reaping What You Sow With Tax Efficiency

Looking to pursue an optimal, tax-efficient portfolio balance? Consider tax-loss harvesting. It’s a process designed to take advantage of an IRS rule allowing ...

5 Financial Steps to Take When You're Flying Solo
December 21, 2017

5 Financial Steps to Take When You're Flying Solo

Singles tend to have more friends than married people, are more likely to volunteer their time and are as healthy or healthier as their married peers, research shows...

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding the Basics
December 20, 2017

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding the Basics

The rapid rise in the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has attracted the attention of investors, financial companies, regulators and the media alike...

Tax Reform Bill Details: Here’s How It Might Affect Your Taxes
December 19, 2017

Tax Reform Bill Details: Here’s How It Might Affect Your Taxes

The details of the proposed tax reform bill, the biggest in 30 years, were made public last week as the Senate and House reconciled the differences between their versions.

Sector Outlook: Seasonal Factors, Monetary Policy, Interest Rates
December 18, 2017

Sector Outlook: Seasonal Factors, Monetary Policy, Interest Rates

Last week's Fed rate hike, traditional late-year trading tendencies, and the potential passage of U.S. tax reform could help determine stock sector performance ...

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Consider Investing Toward College for a Loved One with a 529 Plan
December 15, 2017

Consider Investing Toward College for a Loved One with a 529 Plan

When you think of investment accounts, a higher education savings plan may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if you want to help your child or ...

It's Shopping Season. Care to Try On  Some ETFs for Size?
December 12, 2017

It's Shopping Season. Care to Try On Some ETFs for Size?

Doing a little shopping for your portfolio this season? Perhaps you should consider exchange-traded funds as a lower-cost route to pursuing your investing objectives.

How to Save Money: Six Tips to Help Stash Your Cash
December 11, 2017

How to Save Money: Six Tips to Help Stash Your Cash

Who doesn’t want to save money? Almost no one, but sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that “saving” is the same as spending, only in smaller increments. ...

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Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise?
December 7, 2017

Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise?

What might the fear index be telling investors about the stock market? Last week, the fear index that Wall Street monitors for volatility, was on fire, jumping nearly 30% ...

Pursuing Portfolio Balance? A Look at Exchange-Traded Funds
December 4, 2017

Pursuing Portfolio Balance? A Look at Exchange-Traded Funds

Looking to strike a balance between stocks and funds in your portfolio? Since their emergence in the early 1990s, ETFs (exchange-traded funds) have become prominent ...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Do They Really Matter for Retailers?
November 30, 2017

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Do They Really Matter for Retailers?

The origin of the term Black Friday has been somewhat obscured over time. It was originally used to mark the gold crash that happened on September 29 in 1869 ...

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U.S. Savings Bonds May Still Be Relevant for Investors
November 29, 2017

U.S. Savings Bonds May Still Be Relevant for Investors

U.S. savings bonds were born in the Great Depression, helped win World War II, and underwrote college degrees for countless people. Yet, in the investing world ...

How Proposed Tax Reform Could Impact Your Tax Reporting
November 29, 2017

How Proposed Tax Reform Could Impact Your Tax Reporting

The U.S. Senate recently introduced the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which includes one provision that, as it is currently written, could have a large impact on...

Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk?
November 27, 2017

Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk?

Most people don’t spend a lot of time in junkyards, right? They’re strange places, usually off the beaten path, full of low-quality, often dangerous items that no longer fit ...

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Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook
November 20, 2017

Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook

Ebenezer who? Consumers have been on a buying binge and appear to be ready to swing open their wallets wide by the time the jolly old fellow wedges his way down ...

Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?
November 15, 2017

Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?

Industrials make, transports take – it’s one of the foundational components to the technical analysis system known as Dow Theory, and to our economy in general.

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup
November 8, 2017

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup

As of the market close last Friday, November 3, we’ve now seen earnings releases from companies that make up 85% of the tech sectors’ market cap in the S&P 500.

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Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments
November 7, 2017

Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments

Socially responsible investments are trending among individual investors and businesses looking to promote environmental, social, and governance efforts (ESG).

What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing
November 2, 2017

What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing

Cookies and milk. Hansel and Gretel. Stocks and bonds. Some things just seem to go together. But as familiar as the phrase “stocks and bonds” might be, the truth is ...

Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season
October 30, 2017

Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season

However carefully you plan your investing strategy, there will always be times of uncertainty that can catch you off guard. But quarterly earnings seasons don’t have to be ...

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Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local
October 25, 2017

Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local

Many investors might be familiar with the “go global” mantra in which they’re encouraged to look outside the U.S. for opportunities and diversify their portfolios.

Yes, It’s Time to Think about Income Taxes: 10 Tax Planning Tips
October 23, 2017

Yes, It’s Time to Think about Income Taxes: 10 Tax Planning Tips

If you still find yourself asking, “where did the summer go?” this might be jarring: It’s time to start thinking about your taxes. Tax filing season officially begins Monday ...

Dividend Debate: Reinvest to Compound Returns vs. Other Uses
October 17, 2017

Dividend Debate: Reinvest to Compound Returns vs. Other Uses

To reinvest or not to reinvest—that is the dividend question. As a young investor going through the financial tug-of-war between current wants and needs, and ...

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Are We Still Eating Out? Why Did Restaurants Lead Job Losses?
October 11, 2017

Are We Still Eating Out? Why Did Restaurants Lead Job Losses?

Is the restaurant industry losing some of its spice? The economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s the first pullback ...

Millennials Borrowing and Lending from the Bank of Mom and Dad
October 9, 2017

Millennials Borrowing and Lending from the Bank of Mom and Dad

Plenty of parents are helping their adult children financially, but there seems to be a generational disconnect about the extent of that help. In the UK ...

Information Pending: A Fresh Look at the Housing Sector
October 4, 2017

Information Pending: A Fresh Look at the Housing Sector

The stock market is humming along, but the housing market hasn't been as exuberant of late.

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Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market
September 25, 2017

Coupon Clipping for the Investor Set: Your Guide to the Bond Market

Some investment professionals encourage investors to diversify and balance their portfolios with bonds. But what are bonds, and what role can they play in your ...

Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?
September 20, 2017

Is Hurricanes’ Impact Beginning to Ripple Through to Economic Data?

Massive natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma take relatively little time to devastate entire cities; recovering and rebuilding of course takes a very long ...

REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord
September 18, 2017

REITs: Real Estate for Those Who Don’t Fancy Being a Landlord

So you’ve inherited some property and don't particularly like the vision you’re having of your future self as a curmudgeonly landlord bent over a leaky toilet your ...

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Growth Investing among Large-Cap Stocks: Back in Vogue?
September 13, 2017

Growth Investing among Large-Cap Stocks: Back in Vogue?

Is investing in growth stocks, and particularly those with large market capitalization, back in vogue? If the performance of the Russell 1000 Growth Index (RLG) ...

Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment
September 11, 2017

Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment

Many yield-seeking investors look to stocks that have historically paid high dividends as a potential means of ...

Does Where You Live Influence Your Portfolio? A New Quiz Reveals Results
September 4, 2017

Does Where You Live Influence Your Portfolio? A New Quiz Reveals Results

Have you ever stopped to wonder if the state your investment portfolio calls home is the same state you...

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Hurricane Harvey's Reminder: What Investors Can and Can’t Control
August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey's Reminder: What Investors Can and Can’t Control

Weather is the ultimate risk factor – it affects everyone, but none of us have any control over it. Mother Nature does what she does. That’s important for investors to keep in mind as the Houston region grapples with ...

Life Happens: Have You Tweaked Your Portfolio Along the Way?
August 28, 2017

Life Happens: Have You Tweaked Your Portfolio Along the Way?

Life happens. One day, you’re a carefree 24-year-old touring craft breweries and rocking at live concerts. Before you know it, you’re sniffling and waving goodbye...

A Well-Drafted Portfolio Should be No Fantasy – Key “Positions” to Fill
August 23, 2017

A Well-Drafted Portfolio Should be No Fantasy – Key “Positions” to Fill

Investing and business news is rife with football-related analogies, from basic “blocking and tackling,” to “crossing the goal line” to “Hail Marys.” It only makes ...

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Know the Ropes of Long-Term Investing? Take This Quiz
August 21, 2017

Know the Ropes of Long-Term Investing? Take This Quiz

So you think you know the long-term investment strategy game, do you? But how long is long term? A year? Ten years? Twenty-five years? A lifetime? And how do you ...

Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing
August 17, 2017

Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing

As a young investor, you will likely favor a stock-focused portfolio to take advantage of higher growth potential, despite the added risk. With many more years ahead ...

N. Korea Tensions Offer Investors Chance to Assess Risk Tolerance
August 16, 2017

N. Korea Tensions Offer Investors Chance to Assess Risk Tolerance

Risk is everywhere. A big part of an investor’s job is recognizing and accounting for that reality in your strategy and decisions. The recent escalation in U.S. ...

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Mutual Funds: How to Find the Fund that Best Matches Your Goals
August 14, 2017

Mutual Funds: How to Find the Fund that Best Matches Your Goals

Many financial advisors view mutual funds as one path for new investors to jump into the markets and a way to accomplish portfolio diversification. But how do you ...

July Jobs Report Mini-Mystery: What’s Up With Wages?
August 9, 2017

July Jobs Report Mini-Mystery: What’s Up With Wages?

There’s a bit of a mystery afoot. It’s not a whodunit being investigated by your favorite TV sleuth or a missing person case for those-prime time lawyers to solve in ...

Black Swans: Part of the Wall Street Menagerie of Bulls and Bears
July 31, 2017

Black Swans: Part of the Wall Street Menagerie of Bulls and Bears

In a Wall Street arena often characterized as a battle between bulls and bears, there’s another, very different kind of “animal” that can spook even the most ...

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Is the Fed Turning Dovish? Recent Remarks May Temper Rate Hikes
July 26, 2017

Is the Fed Turning Dovish? Recent Remarks May Temper Rate Hikes

Is the Federal Reserve moving toward a more dovish stance in monetary policy? After much cautionary discourse about the need to raise rates to keep ...

At This Moment: A Look at U.S. Manufacturing
July 21, 2017

At This Moment: A Look at U.S. Manufacturing

The first “Made in America week” is coming to an end. The week kicked off with a product showcase at the White House, where American-made products...

Seeding Your Dividend Garden? Patience and Maintenance Needed
July 20, 2017

Seeding Your Dividend Garden? Patience and Maintenance Needed

In general, long-term dividend investors and gardeners seem to have a lot in common.

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Prime Numbers: Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Down but Far From Out?
July 19, 2017

Prime Numbers: Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Down but Far From Out?

By many objective measures, Amazon (AMZN) seems to be disrupting a number of established markets across the retail spectrum. Plus, the company announced a major ...

Group Chat: The Ins and Outs of Corporate Earnings Calls
July 17, 2017

Group Chat: The Ins and Outs of Corporate Earnings Calls

It’s often said that, the more informed you are as an investor, the more effective you can be in meeting your objectives. And one of the ways to stay on top of all ...

Gold, Oil, and Beyond: A Primer on Investing in Commodity ETFs
July 12, 2017

Gold, Oil, and Beyond: A Primer on Investing in Commodity ETFs

Bullish on gold? Bearish on oil? Think lean hog prices are going to rally in 2017? The average investor usually isn’t too focused on the outlook for lean hogs, but that isn’t...

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Secrets of Millennial Millionaires: Pointers to Build Wealth Early, Often
July 10, 2017

Secrets of Millennial Millionaires: Pointers to Build Wealth Early, Often

Every generation must lug around its own figurative baggage. For millennials, the stereotypes include an addiction to selfies and an inability to escape from ...

Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup
July 5, 2017

Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup

Trying to forecast what markets might face in the next six months brings to mind Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about ...

Behaviors of the Wealthy: 6 Powerful Habits of the Rich
July 3, 2017

Behaviors of the Wealthy: 6 Powerful Habits of the Rich

Financial success, and what it means to be wealthy, is in the eye of the beholder—what’s probably not in dispute is many of us want to learn the habits of the wealthy to ...

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Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs?
June 29, 2017

Buy What You Know: Does it Apply to Investing in IPOs?

“Buy what you know” is a common refrain you hear from some of the world’s most well-known investors. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is...

Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life
June 26, 2017

Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life

If you bought a home in the 1990s, take a look at your mortgage rate from back then and be prepared to do a double-take. Your rate might have been 7% or more. ...

Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite
June 23, 2017

Bridging the Aisles: Amazon and Whole Foods Unite

Last Friday, in a move that few on Wall Street saw coming, Amazon (AMZN) stunned the street by announcing the acquisition of upscale grocer ...

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Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments
June 19, 2017

Socially Conscious? Ideas On How to Scout Possible Investments

A few years ago, several large U.S. and European medical companies found themselves embroiled in controversy. An international furor had erupted after ...

Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?
June 15, 2017

Mid-Year Tune-Up: Reassess, Realign, Rebalance?

Every year has its ups and downs. But many would say the first half of 2017 has had more than its share, from global turmoil to political controversy. A lot has ...

Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t
June 14, 2017

Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t

Technology has delivered many amazing advancements for humankind, but, alas, a time machine isn’t one.

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(Re)constitutional Conventions: Stock Indexes and Rebalancing
June 12, 2017

(Re)constitutional Conventions: Stock Indexes and Rebalancing

Change is a part of life that you either fear or embrace, but you can’t deny it. In the stock market, micro change happens daily to individual stocks with every new tick. ...

Differing Views: When Partners Disagree on Retirement Investing
June 8, 2017

Differing Views: When Partners Disagree on Retirement Investing

It’s said that couples sometimes start to resemble each other as their relationship progresses. But when it comes to investing, that may not always be the case. We’re ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2017: Tech Buying Continues
June 5, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2017: Tech Buying Continues

The old market adage “sell in May and go away” didn’t seem to be holding true with TD Ameritrade clients last month as retail traders increased their equity exposure...

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Tucking It Away: How Much Cash Should Investors Allocate?
June 5, 2017

Tucking It Away: How Much Cash Should Investors Allocate?

Warren Buffett is sitting on a ton of it. Apple has more of it than the U.S. and Canada combined. We’re talking, of course, about cash. And even though some ...

Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go up in Smoke
May 26, 2017

Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go up in Smoke

I don’t think I’ve ever written an article that had so many opportunities for pun placement, but I held back because risky investments are no laughing matter...

Housing Angles and Moving Parts: Location Matters; Zoom In
May 24, 2017

Housing Angles and Moving Parts: Location Matters; Zoom In

Location, location, location. Those are the three most important things in real estate, as the saying goes. This applies to home buyers and sellers geographically ...

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Has the Market Thrown You a Curveball? Tips to Get Back on Track
May 22, 2017

Has the Market Thrown You a Curveball? Tips to Get Back on Track

When a reporter asked baseball great Yogi Berra if his struggles at the plate signaled a slump, Berra replied, “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.” Some ...

Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds
May 17, 2017

Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds

Like it or not, there are risks that can have substantial effects on your investments and inflation is one that can sometimes be overlooked. That’s why it’s important...

Did April’s Uptick in Retail Sales Provide Grist for Fed Hike?
May 17, 2017

Did April’s Uptick in Retail Sales Provide Grist for Fed Hike?

April’s retail sales data might have underscored the Fed's suggestion that weak Q1 growth was an anomaly and that consumer spending appears to be reenergized.

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10 Industries That Could Be Impacted by Driverless Cars
May 16, 2017

10 Industries That Could Be Impacted by Driverless Cars

For most daily drivers, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospects of driverless cars. How could you not be? No more sitting in traffic, having to share the road with...

Blockchain: Is the Financial Sector Ripe for Technology Disruption?
May 16, 2017

Blockchain: Is the Financial Sector Ripe for Technology Disruption?

First came rental cars, and then Uber rode into town. Biologic medicines seemed revolutionary, but now face a challenge from cheaper “biosimilars.” The “big three” ...

Start Setting Financial Goals and Make a Plan to Get There
May 15, 2017

Start Setting Financial Goals and Make a Plan to Get There

When it comes to taboo topics, money ranks up there with the best of them. This can make it difficult to comfortably have an open and productive conversation...

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Here Comes the Guide: How to Have the Marriage and Money Talk
May 15, 2017

Here Comes the Guide: How to Have the Marriage and Money Talk

These days, engagements come with many different timelines and expectations, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for couples to plan their financial...

Caution Ahead? Five Warning Signs a Stock Might Not Be a Good Buy
May 11, 2017

Caution Ahead? Five Warning Signs a Stock Might Not Be a Good Buy

When a highway ramp leads into oncoming traffic, warning signs keep drivers from going the wrong way. That usually gets the job done. But when a particular ...

Slow News Day? Don’t Overthink, Investors
May 10, 2017

Slow News Day? Don’t Overthink, Investors

Any sports fan who's listened to post-game media interviews with coaches or players over the years is likely familiar with a certain phrase: “It is what it is.”

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2017
May 8, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2017

The Investor Movement Index®, or IMXSM, retreated to 6.06 for April, down from March’s all-time high of 6.22. Despite reducing their overall exposure to equities...

Caring for Your Finances When You’re Suddenly Single
May 8, 2017

Caring for Your Finances When You’re Suddenly Single

The transition period after a death or divorce is a time when weighty financial decisions about the rest of your life, and possibly your children’s lives, will have to be ...

Here’s What It Costs to Raise a Child and How You Might Cover It
May 1, 2017

Here’s What It Costs to Raise a Child and How You Might Cover It

Do you happen to have an extra $14,000-plus that you can squeeze into your annual budget to cover the expenses involved in raising a child? If not, you may ...

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Earnings: Is Plastic Fantastic, and Who’s Solving the Retail Riddle?
April 26, 2017

Earnings: Is Plastic Fantastic, and Who’s Solving the Retail Riddle?

Keeping the lights on in the American economy requires an array of power sources – “plastic” being one. Based on the initial few weeks of the latest U.S. earnings ...

Who’s Footing the College Bill? Millennial Parents and Grandparents
April 24, 2017

Who’s Footing the College Bill? Millennial Parents and Grandparents

Still smarting from the pain of their own college education costs, a majority of millennial parents say saving for their own children’s college educations is their No. 1 ...

Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection
April 20, 2017

Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection

When you hear the phrase “asset protection,” do you think about defensive stocks, fixed income allocation, or maybe even put options? And when you say you want ...

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Strong-Dollar Policy and Rate Hikes—a New Conundrum?
April 20, 2017

Strong-Dollar Policy and Rate Hikes—a New Conundrum?

For the chieftains of some behemoth U.S. multinational corporations, President Trump’s declaration to the Wall Street Journal last week that “our dollar is getting too ...

Consumer Discretionary Spending: Rolling On; Brake Lights Ahead?
April 17, 2017

Consumer Discretionary Spending: Rolling On; Brake Lights Ahead?

Consumers drive the economy—a lot of it, anyway—personal consumption expenditures make up about 70% of GDP. And when the good times roll, the ...

Beyond Benchmarks: A Fresh Survey of Stock Sectors
April 17, 2017

Beyond Benchmarks: A Fresh Survey of Stock Sectors

As the old saying goes–there is always a bull market somewhere. Many investors consider the "market" to be the major benchmark indexes like the Dow Jones ...

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The Role of Market Cycles in Sector Investing
April 14, 2017

The Role of Market Cycles in Sector Investing

Sector investing may be a tool for investors with a higher risk profile that are looking for a different approach that attempts to produce income and protect capital ...

Three Market Factors to Watch as Springtime Earnings Commences
April 13, 2017

Three Market Factors to Watch as Springtime Earnings Commences

When T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the “cruelest month” nearly a century ago, he wasn’t, we think, talking about the American stock market. ...

Strategies and Seasonality in Sector Investing
April 12, 2017

Strategies and Seasonality in Sector Investing

Sector investing may sound like it’s for the pros. But even if you're an average investor just starting out in the market or steadily working toward goals like retirement ...

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After the Wedding Bells: Exploring the Financial Benefits of Marriage
April 12, 2017

After the Wedding Bells: Exploring the Financial Benefits of Marriage

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and love is in the air, which means spring—and prime wedding season—is upon us. Couples are not only ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2017
April 10, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2017

Even with markets close to all-time highs, the bulls keep beating back the bears as retail investors continued buying equities.

Fine-Print Focus: A Deeper Earnings Dive for Long-Term Investors
April 3, 2017

Fine-Print Focus: A Deeper Earnings Dive for Long-Term Investors

If you’re a long-term investor, it’s tempting to stay above the earnings fray. Quarterly reports from individual companies can sometimes confuse, and investors who ...

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What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?
March 30, 2017

What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise?

As an investor, it’s important to have an understanding of the relationship between bonds and interest rates. After all, the bond market is by far the largest securities...

What You Need To Know as We Race Toward Q1 Earnings Season
March 29, 2017

What You Need To Know as We Race Toward Q1 Earnings Season

Fasten your seat belt; first-quarter 2017 earnings season unofficially starts during the week of April 10. The stock market has been on somewhat of a tear in recent ...

No Free Lunch with Municipal Bonds, But Here’s a Coupon for You
March 27, 2017

No Free Lunch with Municipal Bonds, But Here’s a Coupon for You

“There’s no free lunch on Wall Street,” or so the saying goes. Perhaps a more accurate, though less concise version of that saying might be, “there’s no free lunch ..."

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Aerospace, Defense Sectors: Gathering Steam From Trump Budget?
March 22, 2017

Aerospace, Defense Sectors: Gathering Steam From Trump Budget?

With every new White House, there are new policies and priorities. President Trump laid out his ...

Clocking In and Out: Trying to Time the Market? There May Be Ways
March 16, 2017

Clocking In and Out: Trying to Time the Market? There May Be Ways

Who says you can’t time the market? Actually, a lot of people, including experienced financial advisors. “Timing the market is very difficult. Everyone can get lucky ...

International Consumer Staples: Local, Global and Points In-Between
March 15, 2017

International Consumer Staples: Local, Global and Points In-Between

How might the global political landscape affect the consumer staples sector and ETFs that concentrate on the sector? For a sector with which most of us ...

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Make the Most of Your Tax Refund with These 5 Tips
March 13, 2017

Make the Most of Your Tax Refund with These 5 Tips

Are you expecting to get a tax refund this year? According to a March 2017 Investor Pulse Survey conducted on behalf of TD Ameritrade, 58% of ...

Robo Advisors: The Future of Finance
March 13, 2017

Robo Advisors: The Future of Finance

With technology increasingly seeping into every aspect of our day-to-day lives, it should come as no surprise that it is also playing an increasingly greater ...

IRA Oops Moment: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable
March 13, 2017

IRA Oops Moment: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable

If you find yourself needing to remove part or all of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution to avoid a tax penalty, there is a way. As we learned in ...

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Big Purchase on the Horizon? Think Short-Term
March 9, 2017

Big Purchase on the Horizon? Think Short-Term

Whether you’re a young investor starting out, or a more seasoned investor saving for the kids' college or your own retirement, it’s important to understand how ...

Just Add Water? Investing in Growth Funds for Risk and Reward
March 8, 2017

Just Add Water? Investing in Growth Funds for Risk and Reward

A well-balanced investment portfolio is diversified across various asset classes, and many investment consultants recommend placing a considerable chunk of that ...

Caution to the Wind…and Solar, Hydro and Geothermal?
March 8, 2017

Caution to the Wind…and Solar, Hydro and Geothermal?

If you’re like many investors, you’re on the lookout for that “next big thing.” And if you’re also concerned about the environment and have an interest in responsible ...

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How Rising Interest Rates Could Impact Markets
March 8, 2017

How Rising Interest Rates Could Impact Markets

If there’s one thing the markets have taught us over the years it’s to expect the unexpected. That’s certainly been the case lately with the potential market impacts...

Portfolio Planning Ideas to Achieve Your Goals as Interest Rates Rise
March 8, 2017

Portfolio Planning Ideas to Achieve Your Goals as Interest Rates Rise

It has certainly been an unpredictable year and the markets have been no exception. After almost a decade of record low interest rates, it looks like rates could...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for February 2017
March 6, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for February 2017

The rally train rolled throughout February and retail traders stayed on board for the ride, increasing their equities exposure to a new all-time high.

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Searching for Growth Investment Stocks? Try Looking Large!
March 2, 2017

Searching for Growth Investment Stocks? Try Looking Large!

When we think of growth stocks, we often think small-caps—early-stage companies that are small, nimble, and cutting edge. But many large-cap stocks and sectors ...

5 Key Takeaways from Warren Buffett's Annual Letter
March 1, 2017

5 Key Takeaways from Warren Buffett's Annual Letter

News flash: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) CEO Warren Buffett is considered by many to be the ultimate long-term investor. But that doesn't mean he'll...

IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix
February 28, 2017

IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix

Congratulations! You’re a conscientious saver with an eye on a comfortable retirement, and you regularly maximize your annual Individual Retirement Account...

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How Parents of Elite Athletes Can Help Fund Their Child’s Dreams
February 27, 2017

How Parents of Elite Athletes Can Help Fund Their Child’s Dreams

It’s no secret that parenting today is much different than it was a generation ago. Today’s youth are always on the go. While parents may have ...

The Fed: Consider The Forest, Not Just the Trees
February 23, 2017

The Fed: Consider The Forest, Not Just the Trees

Legendary 1930s technical analyst Edson Gould developed the "Three Steps and a Stumble" rule which suggested when the Fed hikes rates three times...

Smart Spoiling: Why You Should Invest in Your Grandchildren
February 21, 2017

Smart Spoiling: Why You Should Invest in Your Grandchildren

A grandchild’s sole purpose in life is to be spoiled—at least that’s the adage many grandparents live by. If you’re one of them, lavishing these kids ...

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Looking for a New Home? Things to Consider in a Seller’s Market
February 21, 2017

Looking for a New Home? Things to Consider in a Seller’s Market

Recently, a Portland, Oregon, couple visited an open house at a reasonably priced home in a good school district. Afterward, they went out for a bite to eat, but ...

How to Make Investing and Saving for College Easier
February 13, 2017

How to Make Investing and Saving for College Easier

From choosing the right sunscreen to making sure they eat enough vegetables, the day-to-day task of raising kids is a lot of work. Add in big ...

Might the January Barometer Ring Positive For Stocks in 2017?
February 8, 2017

Might the January Barometer Ring Positive For Stocks in 2017?

The positive reading for the S&P 500 at the end of January may be a bullish signal for the year, according to the market history books. The so-called January ...

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Rowing Your Own Boat: Is a Solo 401(k) Plan Right for You?
February 8, 2017

Rowing Your Own Boat: Is a Solo 401(k) Plan Right for You?

Are you self-employed, or a small business owner, and you like to think outside the box when it comes to retirement investing? If so, you might want to consider ...

Which Advertiser Is The TD Ameritrade Ad Challenge Champion?
February 6, 2017

Which Advertiser Is The TD Ameritrade Ad Challenge Champion?

Last night’s incredible comeback in the second half gave the winning team their 5th big game win, and ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for January 2017
February 6, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for January 2017

Optimism marked the start of the year, with retail investors once again embracing equities after backing off from bullish bets during the holiday season.

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Starting Out Young: The Value of Investing in Yourself
February 2, 2017

Starting Out Young: The Value of Investing in Yourself

Thinking about long-term investments may conjure up rather dry, gray images of stocks and bonds, advisors and 401(k) plans. But young people starting their ...

A Pause in the Dollar Rally? Or Might the Winds Be Shifting?
February 1, 2017

A Pause in the Dollar Rally? Or Might the Winds Be Shifting?

The first month of 2017 hasn't been kind to U.S. dollar bulls. After a scorching run higher late last year, the mighty greenback trended lower throughout ...

Essential Portfolios: Automated Low-Cost Investing Solution
January 30, 2017

Essential Portfolios: Automated Low-Cost Investing Solution

It’s hard to play the game if you don’t know the score. That’s as true with investing as on the gridiron.

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Your Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Diversification?
January 26, 2017

Your Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Diversification?

The technology sector has been on fire of late, in part due to growth in the cloud computing space. With the recent push to new all-time highs in the major stock ...

The 2017 Housing Market: Three Reasons To Cheer
January 11, 2017

The 2017 Housing Market: Three Reasons To Cheer

After years of sluggish activity in the housing market, many of the wounds from the Great Recession are healing and the scars are barely visible. Millennials ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for December 2016
January 9, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for December 2016

Sometimes what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. Take the December Investor Movement Index®.

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Financial Planning 101: Rising Rates and Long-Term Investors
January 6, 2017

Financial Planning 101: Rising Rates and Long-Term Investors

Former President George H.W. Bush famously said, “Stay the course.” Long-term investors, now facing higher interest rates, might want ...

The Mighty Greenback: Key Rising Dollar Drivers In 2017
January 5, 2017

The Mighty Greenback: Key Rising Dollar Drivers In 2017

The Republican sweep of the White House and Congress in November unleashed a wave of U.S. dollar bullish sentiment as expectations of infrastructure ...

Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2017
January 4, 2017

Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2017

New Year’s resolutions—a much-debated tradition that draws equal numbers of fans (great time for a fresh ...

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Find Money in Your Paycheck: Are You Saving and Investing Enough?
December 29, 2016

Find Money in Your Paycheck: Are You Saving and Investing Enough?

If you’re looking forward to retiring someday, you’ll likely try to invest a little money every single paycheck. Although there are several ways to ...

It’s That SIMPLE: Setting Up IRAs for Small Businesses
December 29, 2016

It’s That SIMPLE: Setting Up IRAs for Small Businesses

If you’re among the 28 million small business owners in the U.S., or one of the 15 million self-employed workers in the U.S., then January may be an important month ...

TD Ameritrade Expert Panel Explains the Impact of Rising Rates on Your Portfolio
December 22, 2016

TD Ameritrade Expert Panel Explains the Impact of Rising Rates on Your Portfolio

Investors, start your engines. The economy looks to have entered a "New Age" in the weeks after the U.S. ...

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Commodity Corner: Dollar Action Can Influence Gold, Crude Oil
December 21, 2016

Commodity Corner: Dollar Action Can Influence Gold, Crude Oil

The financial markets have seen significant adjustments since the U.S. presidential election. A sea-change in attitude has emerged with many analysts pricing in ...

Financial Planning 101: How to Deal With Debt As a Young Investor
December 21, 2016

Financial Planning 101: How to Deal With Debt As a Young Investor

Nations do it. So do companies. There’s nothing inherently wrong with taking on some debt.

Rising Interest Rates: How a Hike Cycle Might Affect Your Finances
December 19, 2016

Rising Interest Rates: How a Hike Cycle Might Affect Your Finances

The long wait may finally be over; interest rates appear to be on the rise. Many millennials who are getting started in the workforce have never encountered an ...

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Gold: One of the Most Interesting & Complicated Stories of 2016
December 15, 2016

Gold: One of the Most Interesting & Complicated Stories of 2016

Gold, and the companies that mine, process, and distribute the precious metal, have had an interesting 2016. After beginning the year at the lowest levels of ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for November 2016
December 5, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for November 2016

Declining to play follow-the-leader in a rallying market, retail traders pulled back their exposure to stocks last month for the first time since July.

A Client’s Best Interest: What to Know About the New Department of Labor Rule
December 2, 2016

A Client’s Best Interest: What to Know About the New Department of Labor Rule

Starting next April, it should become official: When providing investment advice for a fee or other ...

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Real Estate: The New Twist on Portfolio Diversification
November 22, 2016

Real Estate: The New Twist on Portfolio Diversification

Move on over, stocks and bonds: there’s a new kid on the block and its name is real estate. In a historic move this fall, the folks at S&P Dow Jones Indices ...

President-Elect Trump and Your Portfolio
November 21, 2016

President-Elect Trump and Your Portfolio

In a constantly changing world filled with uncertainty, it’s a good idea to examine your portfolio on a regular basis – especially after a significant event like the...

Auto Sales and Loans at Record Highs: Is a Bubble Looming?
November 16, 2016

Auto Sales and Loans at Record Highs: Is a Bubble Looming?

The auto industry has been propelled into record sales territory thanks to slow but solid economic growth, the post-recovery pent-up demand for new cars, and new ...

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Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested
November 16, 2016

Keep to the Course: The Risks of Not Staying Invested

Today's real-time relay of stock price information is positive, but it can be negative too. For long-term stock investors, it can cause some unnecessary ...

Profiles in Uncertainty: Election Night Lesson in Market Dynamics
November 10, 2016

Profiles in Uncertainty: Election Night Lesson in Market Dynamics

Capital markets are, for the most part, resilient. But one thing they cannot stand is uncertainty. As election night unfolded, uncertainty reigned, and markets reeled. ...

Opportunity and Risk: Your Post-Election Trading/Investing Guide
November 8, 2016

Opportunity and Risk: Your Post-Election Trading/Investing Guide

By Wednesday November 9, Americans will likely have selected a new president. As the votes are tallied, investors and traders can use the time to be proactive ...

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for October 2016
November 7, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for October 2016

For the third-straight month and sixth in the last seven, retail traders were net buyers of stocks in October, according to the Investor Movement Index®.

Elections: Can the President Influence the Fed, Interest Rates?
November 7, 2016

Elections: Can the President Influence the Fed, Interest Rates?

A presidential candidate criticizes the Federal Reserve, saying its conservative interest rate policies hurt his election chances and favor his opponent. No...

Do Markets Care Who Controls the White House, Congress?
October 31, 2016

Do Markets Care Who Controls the White House, Congress?

It’s a familiar question, asked just about every election year: Does the stock market perform better under Democratic or Republican control of Washington?

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Finding Trade Candidates on the 52-Week-High List
October 27, 2016

Finding Trade Candidates on the 52-Week-High List

The lifeblood of a successful trader is a strong, steady stream of trade ideas, and the better your source, the easier it is find good candidates. So what’s the best ...

Down to Essentials: Professional Investment Management at a Lower Cost
October 27, 2016

Down to Essentials: Professional Investment Management at a Lower Cost

Long-term investors looking for a lower-cost digital-first platform may want to try automated investing...

Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator?
October 25, 2016

Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator?

Many stock investors search high and low for the holy grail of economic enlightenment – a guiding light that can deliver a full economic snapshot in a single number.

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Let Your Money Work For You, Avoid Tuition Sticker Shock Later
October 19, 2016

Let Your Money Work For You, Avoid Tuition Sticker Shock Later

It's no secret the cost of a four-year diploma keeps climbing. You might think about carving out some time to set up a 529 college savings plan.

Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas
October 17, 2016

Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas

Looking for that perfect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton mask to scare friends with this Halloween? Stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters? So are a lot of people, it ...

Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers?
October 12, 2016

Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers?

Contrary to popular belief, there will be no death marches for the traditional shopping center of yore. But there will be small and notable burials here and there ...

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for September 2016
October 10, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for September 2016

Major stock indices approached or achieved all-time peaks last month and retail traders didn’t miss out, raising their stock exposure to two-year highs.

Brace Yourselves, Traders and Investors: October Is Crash Month
October 10, 2016

Brace Yourselves, Traders and Investors: October Is Crash Month

Don't look now, but it's October. You've undoubtedly been hearing the talking heads on financial news shows recapping the market horrors and ghosts of Octobers ...

Clinton Vs. Trump: Which Stock Sectors Potentially Gain or Lose?
October 5, 2016

Clinton Vs. Trump: Which Stock Sectors Potentially Gain or Lose?

Can stock sectors be red or blue? It sometimes seems that way. The energy sector, for instance, thrived under President George W. Bush but wilted under President ...

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6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets
October 4, 2016

6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets

There’s no shortage of books available on investing, trading, and the financial markets. Are you finding it tough to separate the signal from the noise? Here are ...

Confirmation Bias: When Good Results Lead to Bad Trades
September 28, 2016

Confirmation Bias: When Good Results Lead to Bad Trades

Let’s take a look at a psychology mistake many of us fall into in the stock market and in our personal lives—something we should seek to minimize or even ...

Elections: How Might a Change in Congress Affect the Markets?
September 27, 2016

Elections: How Might a Change in Congress Affect the Markets?

About a decade ago, a study found an interesting trend: When Congress stayed home, the stock market did better. Through that time, about 90% of the capital ...

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Trade Time Out? Candidates' Foreign Policy and the Market
September 22, 2016

Trade Time Out? Candidates' Foreign Policy and the Market

It’s safe to say that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t agree on much. But when it comes to foreign trade, they’re talking similar language.

Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months
September 19, 2016

Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months

Just as summer fades into fall and winter takes over, the stock market has its "seasons," too. The start of the U.S. stock market's so-called "best six months" is right ...

Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan
September 14, 2016

Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan

Feeling overwhelmed by the constant outpour of Economic Reports? Simplify your top-down analysis.

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Economic Reports Primer, Pt 10: Forward-Looking Durable Goods
September 13, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 10: Forward-Looking Durable Goods

The durable goods report released each month by the Census Bureau is often dismissed as a second-tier report that’s not nearly as market-moving or attention ...

Election & Stock Sectors: Possible Influence of Domestic Policies?
September 12, 2016

Election & Stock Sectors: Possible Influence of Domestic Policies?

“The buck stops here,” said President Harry S. Truman. He was talking about presidential responsibility when things go wrong, but he could also have been referring ...

Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range
September 9, 2016

Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range

After closing higher for five straight months, the S&P 500 finished August with one of its quietest months ever. This is not typical for the last month of the...

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Apple’s Big Reveal Was a Bust, Say Analysts. Will Updated iPhones and Watches Spark Sales?
September 8, 2016

Apple’s Big Reveal Was a Bust, Say Analysts. Will Updated iPhones and Watches Spark Sales?

Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Tim Cook failed to knock the socks off investors Wednesday when he introduced the newest rounds of bells and whistles on the iPhone, the latest dubbed the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch, according to analysts.

Trading the Range: A Potential Strategy for Active Investors
September 7, 2016

Trading the Range: A Potential Strategy for Active Investors

The jobs report released last week was okay, but not enough to supercharge expectations that the Fed would hike interest rates during its September 21 meeting.

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for August 2016
September 6, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for August 2016

Talk about a turn-around! After retail traders stepped back slightly from the stock market in July, they raised their exposure in a big way during August.

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U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance
August 30, 2016

U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance

Next January 20, a new U.S. president will take the oath of office. Are there implications for the stock market? The presidential election cycle theory claims that the ...

3 Questions Investors Can Ask as Stocks Reach Record Highs
August 23, 2016

3 Questions Investors Can Ask as Stocks Reach Record Highs

Through August 15, the S&P 500 recorded ten new all-time highs since July 11. Not too shabby. This bull market in U.S. stocks has surmounted a wall of worry...

Economic Reports Primer: Industrial Production & Capacity
August 22, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Industrial Production & Capacity

If you’re looking for an indicator to measure the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector, look no further. Each month the Federal Reserve compiles and releases data ...

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Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In?
August 16, 2016

Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In?

The technology industry is frequently evolving. Let’s look into five relatively new segments that have piqued investor interest.

Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking
August 16, 2016

Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking

Oftentimes economic reports can move markets. Here are three major ones and why they matter.

Cohabitating and Your Investments: Lay the Groundwork First
August 16, 2016

Cohabitating and Your Investments: Lay the Groundwork First

Should you invest or share finances with your significant other before getting married? Here's what to consider.

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Earnings Report: What Metrics Should You Be Checking?
August 16, 2016

Earnings Report: What Metrics Should You Be Checking?

Feeling flustered as earnings data hit the screen day after day? Though the numbers can appear overwhelming, there are simple ways to interpret them.

Can You Protect Your Portfolio from Seasonal Trends?
August 16, 2016

Can You Protect Your Portfolio from Seasonal Trends?

Many investors have heard of the “Santa Claus Rally” and “Sell in May and Go Away.” And there seems to be some evidence behind these seasonal patterns.

Is The Consumer Out To Lunch? Or Just Shopping Online?
August 16, 2016

Is The Consumer Out To Lunch? Or Just Shopping Online?

Retail sales disappointed in July. Blame it on the hot weather. Maybe everyone just wanted to stay at home in the air conditioning. Whatever the case was in July...

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Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending
August 16, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending

Why does the Fed watch personal income and spending? Well, consumer spending drives roughly 70% of total U.S. gross domestic product each year. So it ...

Move Over S&P 500: Silver Is Performing Well This Year
August 9, 2016

Move Over S&P 500: Silver Is Performing Well This Year

"The trend is your friend” goes an old market adage and in commodity markets this year, the precious metals have been a very good friend. Since the start of 2016...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for July 2016
August 8, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for July 2016

For the first time in months, retail traders stepped back slightly from the stock market in July, apparently taking profits on some of the most high-flying stocks.

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Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment
August 8, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment

Ring. Ring. Did you let that unknown caller go to voicemail? You may have just missed the folks at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan! ...

Consumer Spending is Strong but Can it Show in Retail Results?
August 5, 2016

Consumer Spending is Strong but Can it Show in Retail Results?

All hail the consumer who accounts for 2/3 of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) by spending on apparel, food and beverage, home improvement, and...

What You Need to Know about Money Market Reform
August 5, 2016

What You Need to Know about Money Market Reform

Starting in October of 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission is implementing amendments to the rules that govern money market mutual funds.

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Crude Oil Tumbles, Stock Traders Shrug it Off So Far
August 2, 2016

Crude Oil Tumbles, Stock Traders Shrug it Off So Far

While the S&P 500 pushes to new all-time highs, the crude oil market is sagging under the weight of a continuing global supply glut. For now, stock...

Economic Reports Primer: New and Existing Home Sales
August 1, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: New and Existing Home Sales

Your home is your castle, or so they say. But in the wake of the financial crisis, home ownership in the U.S. has been declining since 2008. The current home ...

Taking the Long View with Your Investments: DCA and DRIP
July 26, 2016

Taking the Long View with Your Investments: DCA and DRIP

Long-term investors typically don’t try to time the market because it’s risky and can be expensive. Attempting to time the market can mean missing ...

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IMF Rings Warning Bell, But U.S. Still Best House On The Block
July 26, 2016

IMF Rings Warning Bell, But U.S. Still Best House On The Block

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week issued an "urgent" call to the world's largest economies to implement more economic-growth boosting policies.

From Pamplona to Wall Street: The Bulls are Running
July 19, 2016

From Pamplona to Wall Street: The Bulls are Running

In case you missed the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, last week, you might turn your gaze to Wall Street. The bulls are back! The stock market staged...

Long-Term Investing: Portfolio Management, Compound Interest
July 18, 2016

Long-Term Investing: Portfolio Management, Compound Interest

Portfolio management is simply the ongoing maintenance of your long-term investment portfolio. It means reviewing your asset allocations, adding new ...

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Social Media Signals Ahead of Second Quarter Earnings
July 15, 2016

Social Media Signals Ahead of Second Quarter Earnings

There’s a little something for every trader in the social media sector ahead of Q2 earnings. Let me explain by focusing on three of the biggest companies...

Think Small: A New Strategy For Financial Goal Setting
July 14, 2016

Think Small: A New Strategy For Financial Goal Setting

Small is huge these days. From tiny houses to minimalist wardrobes, micro is having a moment. The trend has crept into many aspects of Americans’ lives, but ...

Surveying Stock Sectors: Moves Mainstream Markets May Miss
July 14, 2016

Surveying Stock Sectors: Moves Mainstream Markets May Miss

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel heading into the second half of the year. The small gain in the broader stock market so far this year hides more dramatic ...

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DIY Long-Term Investing: Asset Allocation, Stocks, and Bonds
July 13, 2016

DIY Long-Term Investing: Asset Allocation, Stocks, and Bonds

Asset allocation is the process of dividing dollars in a long-term investment portfolio into different assets. The purpose: it’s an attempt to reduce risk without ...

U.S. Dollar Bulls Are Back: What It Might Mean For Stocks
July 12, 2016

U.S. Dollar Bulls Are Back: What It Might Mean For Stocks

The U.S. dollar index (/DX) is strong. Since early May, the /DX has climbed 5.30%. Potential catalysts for this rally include Brexit and the ensuing global...

Rent a Room: How to Turn a Spare Bedroom into Cash Flow
July 11, 2016

Rent a Room: How to Turn a Spare Bedroom into Cash Flow

The sharing economy is exploding. It's also known as collaborative consumption, or the peer economy, but no matter what you call it, disruptors like Airbnb are here ...

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Getting SMART about Personal and Financial Long-Term Goals
July 6, 2016

Getting SMART about Personal and Financial Long-Term Goals

Building a long-term investment portfolio starts with setting a specific goal. For many investors, that goal is saving for retirement, which is clearly important. The ...

Are the Dog Days of July And August Going to Slow Markets?
July 6, 2016

Are the Dog Days of July And August Going to Slow Markets?

Are the summer doldrums ever going to set in this year? From frequently changing views on interest rates and the Fed to Brexit inspired stock market volatility...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for June 2016
July 5, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for June 2016

Though uncertainty over Brexit brought caution in late June, retail traders remained net buyers for the third month in a row...

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From New Year to Brexit: Bonds and Gold Lead in First Half of 2016
July 5, 2016

From New Year to Brexit: Bonds and Gold Lead in First Half of 2016

At the halfway mark through 2016, it can be valuable for investors to assess key themes across a variety of markets. As the old saying goes: You can't know ...

Can Real Estate Rentals Add to Retirement Income?
June 29, 2016

Can Real Estate Rentals Add to Retirement Income?

Savvy investors preparing for retirement often look to build up multiple income streams. Examples might include Social Security, annuity payments, retirement ...

Kinahan and Laffman: Brexit Creates Cloud Of Uncertainty
June 29, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Brexit Creates Cloud Of Uncertainty

Global financial market volatility remains high in the new post-Brexit world and investors continue to rotate into more “conservative” positions, including Treasuries...

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Brexit: Key Questions and Answers for Investors
June 20, 2016

Brexit: Key Questions and Answers for Investors

What is Brexit, why does it matter, and how are markets reacting on this news? Get all the answers you need about Brexit and more.

Let the Money Flow: A Look at Active Vs. Passive Managed Funds
June 13, 2016

Let the Money Flow: A Look at Active Vs. Passive Managed Funds

For many long-term investors, passively managed mutual funds hold a deep allure. With a passive fund, there’s no need to pay someone to actively manage an ...

Wanna Invest in the Environment, Society, and Great Governance?
June 9, 2016

Wanna Invest in the Environment, Society, and Great Governance?

Some investors these days want to align investments with beliefs. Whether you care about clean energy, diversity and equality in corporate leadership, the ...

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Don't Look Now But Commodities have been Outperforming Stocks
June 7, 2016

Don't Look Now But Commodities have been Outperforming Stocks

The stock market has whipped back and forth this year driven in part by concerns about the Chinese economy and global economic health in general.

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2016
June 6, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for May 2016

Sell in May? Apparently not if you’re a retail trader this year. Retail traders tracked by TD Ameritrade jumped back into equities in a big way last month, making ...

Bond Market Look: High-Yield and Investment-Grade Bonds
June 2, 2016

Bond Market Look: High-Yield and Investment-Grade Bonds

Investors looking to add fixed income to their portfolios face a trade-off of sorts: The safest government bonds currently pay very low yields, while higher-yielding ...

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Crude Oil At $50: 5 Things Investors Need To Know
May 31, 2016

Crude Oil At $50: 5 Things Investors Need To Know

Call crude oil the comeback kid. WTI crude oil futures posted a stunning rally from a decade low below $30 earlier this year to touch the $50 per barrel...

Fed Rate Hike Considerations: Are Inflation Pressures Building?
May 24, 2016

Fed Rate Hike Considerations: Are Inflation Pressures Building?

As expectations build for a Fed rate hike this summer, inflation remains a key consideration for the Fed. The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) posted...

Trading the Brexit: Will U.S. Markets Feel An Impact?
May 23, 2016

Trading the Brexit: Will U.S. Markets Feel An Impact?

British voters face a big decision on June 23: Whether to remain in the European Union. Investors also face a big decision: Whether to factor Britain’s vote into their ...

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2016
May 10, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2016

After three consecutive months of pulling back from equities, retail traders tracked by TD Ameritrade dipped their toes into a rallying stock market in April ...

Beyond P/E Ratio: Tools that Can Help Measure the Value of a Stock
May 9, 2016

Beyond P/E Ratio: Tools that Can Help Measure the Value of a Stock

Every day, huge institutional investors make buy and sell decisions based on stocks’ fundamental value. The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), or the ratio ...

Negative Interest Rates? Unlikely. Still, Investors Can Prepare
May 2, 2016

Negative Interest Rates? Unlikely. Still, Investors Can Prepare

For decades, central banks have cut interest rates to spark economic growth in troubled times. But more recently, when even extremely low or zero rates ...

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How to Change Your Relationship With Money for Good
April 29, 2016

How to Change Your Relationship With Money for Good

A key problem when it comes to personal finance and saving for retirement is that people don't necessarily associate money with happiness. Sure, they might ...

Invest in Values (and Value)? Social Responsibility is Trending
April 27, 2016

Invest in Values (and Value)? Social Responsibility is Trending

When people think about socially responsible investing, the first thing that often comes to mind is the environment. Has a company cut back on its solid ...

Giving the Gift of Stock for Your High School or College Graduate
April 25, 2016

Giving the Gift of Stock for Your High School or College Graduate

It’s cap-and-gown season, and your child or grandchild may be getting ready to receive a high school or college diploma. Wondering what to give as a present? ...

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Better Money Habits: Lessons Learned from Super Savers
April 21, 2016

Better Money Habits: Lessons Learned from Super Savers

It’s easy enough to find evidence that Americans aren’t saving adequately, and while these sorts of reports certainly sound the alarm, they don’t do much to help...

Thinking of Refinancing Before the Fed Resumes Hiking Rates?
April 20, 2016

Thinking of Refinancing Before the Fed Resumes Hiking Rates?

When the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked interest rates in December for the first time since 2006, it seemed that mortgage rates would likely rise over the coming ...

Take that Paycheck and Stash It: How to Save a Raise
April 11, 2016

Take that Paycheck and Stash It: How to Save a Raise

Your salary might not be jumping right now at the rate you’d like, but if long-held economic theory wins out, as the job market tightens, wages will rise. What will you ...

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2016
April 4, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for March 2016

Retail traders tracked by TD Ameritrade remained cautious in March, cutting back on their equity market exposure for the third month in a row, according to...

Slow Inflation: What’s the Wage Growth Tipping Point for the Fed?
April 4, 2016

Slow Inflation: What’s the Wage Growth Tipping Point for the Fed?

The Federal Reserve is performing a delicate balancing act as it steadies the course of the U.S. economy. As inflation shows signs of what the Fed calls “stirrings” ...

The Fed Up Close: The Changing Face Of Monetary Policy
March 31, 2016

The Fed Up Close: The Changing Face Of Monetary Policy

Job title: Federal Reserve Chair. Job description: In charge of the nation's monetary policy, must testify before Congress on a semiannual basis, meet with ...

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Are Wages Really Stagnating? The Federal Reserve’s Puzzle
March 28, 2016

Are Wages Really Stagnating? The Federal Reserve’s Puzzle

The conundrum at the Federal Reserve has been wage growth, or rather wage stagnation. When an economy is on the upswing, as the U.S. economy clearly is, wages ...

Sector Spotlight: Energy Refiners Shine as Crude Oil Sinks
March 21, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Energy Refiners Shine as Crude Oil Sinks

Go ahead and blame all the market's ills on oil. Although it may be an exaggeration, the correlation between crude oil and U.S. equities has spiked over the last few ...

Crude Oil & Equities Correlation: What’s It Mean for Your Strategy?
March 14, 2016

Crude Oil & Equities Correlation: What’s It Mean for Your Strategy?

Some equities market investors might never have intended to follow crude oil and may not know the Permian Basin from the Bakken Formation. But with ...

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Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done?
March 9, 2016

Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done?

That’s right. ETFs have matured, but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their...

The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs
March 8, 2016

The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs

Commodities flutter and real estate stocks react, sometimes in unexpected locales. That means intermarket analysis and broad ETFs can be...

Small World with ETFs: Access Emerging and Frontier Markets
March 7, 2016

Small World with ETFs: Access Emerging and Frontier Markets

Exchange-traded funds give little guys a shot in the big world of emerging and frontier markets. Travel advisories may apply.

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Put Stocks to the Test: First-Date Interviews for Candidates
March 7, 2016

Put Stocks to the Test: First-Date Interviews for Candidates

Stock picking is a little like dating. Plenty of fish. Big sea. And, yes, changing tide. And just like the dozens of dating sites that slap a formula on matchmaking ...

Confused By IRA Rollovers? No Time? We Can Help
February 29, 2016

Confused By IRA Rollovers? No Time? We Can Help

A job change can be an exciting opportunity and yet one of life’s high-stress interrupters. When packing up to move on, it’s not easy to remember to scoop up ...

Biotech Stocks: Search for an Immunotherapy Cancer Cure
February 22, 2016

Biotech Stocks: Search for an Immunotherapy Cancer Cure

Like the idea of growth stocks that could reshape the medical frontier? Growth-oriented investors with an eye for the long term and an appetite for risk often explore ...

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Goal Planning: Too Obsessed With Stock Benchmarks?
February 18, 2016

Goal Planning: Too Obsessed With Stock Benchmarks?

Report cards. Leader boards. Exit polls. We all tend to be a little “score” obsessed. And on Wall Street that often means an obsession with stock benchmarks.

High-Yield Low-Beta Treasure Hunt
February 12, 2016

High-Yield Low-Beta Treasure Hunt

This market is pretty confusing, right? Even the most seasoned traders are struggling to find confidence in which direction we are headed. One thing I noticed...

Sector Spotlight: Technology as a Growth Engine in 2016?
February 8, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Technology as a Growth Engine in 2016?

From driverless cars to robotic dogs to smart bracelets, technology is driving innovation, and many consumers are along for the ride. On a larger scale, businesses ...

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Sector Spotlight: When Do Materials Make Sense?
February 2, 2016

Sector Spotlight: When Do Materials Make Sense?

Unless they were shorting stocks, most investors sprinted away from commodity-related investments in 2015. And for good reason: the S&P GSCI Total Return ...

Sector Spotlight: Health Care Deserves a Close Exam for 2016
February 1, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Health Care Deserves a Close Exam for 2016

Last year the health care sector pumped out fit vital signs as one of the best-performing sectors of the 10 in the S&P 500 (SPX). Can this traditionally defensive ...

Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength?
January 28, 2016

Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength?

If it’s true that investing is preparing for what comes after the paycheck stops, dividend investing could offer a way to capitalize on time and return on investment ...

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Sector Spotlight: Are Utilities Still Good Defense?
January 26, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Are Utilities Still Good Defense?

Often called "widows and orphans" stocks, the utilities sector has long been regarded as a defensive play that allows income-seeking investors to park their cash in ...

Sector Spotlight: Consumer Discretionary Spending & Outlook
January 25, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Consumer Discretionary Spending & Outlook

Consumers wined, dined, and bought lots of new cars last year, fueling the consumer discretionary stock sector to double-digit gains in a not-so-glamorous run ...

Is the Stock Market’s ‘January Barometer’ a Reliable Indicator?
January 5, 2016

Is the Stock Market’s ‘January Barometer’ a Reliable Indicator?

As volatility rips through global markets to start the new year, some traders may look to forecast the 2016 market climate—that’s right, the whole year—by week's end ...

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Need Inspiration? New Year’s Resolutions—Money Edition
January 4, 2016

Need Inspiration? New Year’s Resolutions—Money Edition

New Year’s resolutions—a much-debated tradition that draws equal numbers of fans (great time for a fresh start, goal-setting can pay off) and critics ...

A Stock-Pickers' Market for 2016? Learn to Hone Your Selection Skill
December 29, 2015

A Stock-Pickers' Market for 2016? Learn to Hone Your Selection Skill

As the S&P 500 (SPX) looks ready to close 2015 barely changed from where it started the year, its churning begs the question: Could 2016 be a year for stock ...

Buybacks and Dividends Surge: Will the Trend Continue?
December 28, 2015

Buybacks and Dividends Surge: Will the Trend Continue?

U.S. corporations have been stockpiling cash at rapid rates since the depths of the recession, and some shareholders are reaping the rewards because of ...

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Year-End Checklist: 10 Simple Income Tax Tips
December 23, 2015

Year-End Checklist: 10 Simple Income Tax Tips

Earlier this year, NerdWallet surveyed Americans and found that the average adult gets a 50 percent, a failing grade, on personal finance questions related to ...

Investing Review and Outlook: The Year of the Dollar
December 17, 2015

Investing Review and Outlook: The Year of the Dollar

Investing can be different from one year to the next. Asset classes and stock sectors that were market leaders can turn out to be the biggest losers the ...

There's Still Time: 5 Tax and Investing Moves Before Year End
December 10, 2015

There's Still Time: 5 Tax and Investing Moves Before Year End

The looming calendar flip means different things to different investors, depending on age, portfolio makeup, long-run goals, and more. It’s always best to check ...

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Will the OPEC Decision Ripple Through the Stock Market?
December 9, 2015

Will the OPEC Decision Ripple Through the Stock Market?

The beaten-down energy stock sector drew little relief after a decision last week from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain ...

Worried About the Economy? Auto Sales May Say Otherwise
November 17, 2015

Worried About the Economy? Auto Sales May Say Otherwise

Concerns about how a Chinese slowdown or a Federal Reserve interest rate hike could impact economic growth continue to swirl in financial markets. But ...

Election Pt 3: What a White House Republican Could Mean for Stocks
November 16, 2015

Election Pt 3: What a White House Republican Could Mean for Stocks

As the race for the top job in the U.S. heats up and politicking and polling become more intense, the next presidential election opens the door for a potential ...

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Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks
November 12, 2015

Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks

Popularity is a social magnet for people, products, and yes, even stocks. But it turns out, according to two investment theory researchers, that stocks with status ...

Gradually Higher Rates May Not Be Roadblock for Housing Sector
November 10, 2015

Gradually Higher Rates May Not Be Roadblock for Housing Sector

Low interest rates and an improving labor market have fueled steady improvement in the U.S. housing sector throughout 2015, government data shows. Could ...

Election Pt 2: What a White House Democrat Could Mean for Stocks
November 9, 2015

Election Pt 2: What a White House Democrat Could Mean for Stocks

Quick quiz: Are donkeys or elephants better for the stock market? It may surprise some investors to learn that the broader stock market’s historical performance ...

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Starting Behind the Curve: Millennials and Money
November 4, 2015

Starting Behind the Curve: Millennials and Money

A recent New York Times story posed the question: Is life too hard for millennials? Millennials are the most educated generation, yet they’re earning less ...

You Asked, We Answered: How Could Rising Rates Hit Markets?
November 3, 2015

You Asked, We Answered: How Could Rising Rates Hit Markets?

Craig Laffman, TD Ameritrade’s director for fixed income and syndicate, joined JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade’s chief strategist, for ...

Election Part 1:  The Presidential Cycle’s Stock Market Impact
November 2, 2015

Election Part 1: The Presidential Cycle’s Stock Market Impact

The crowded race for the 2016 presidential nominations will soon start to thin out. The election buzz? Well, that will only grow. While political banter heats up and ...

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Stock Market Psychology: Avoid Endowment Effect's Mental Trap
October 26, 2015

Stock Market Psychology: Avoid Endowment Effect's Mental Trap

Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? If you think you’re going to find it the stock market every day, all the time, give up that notion now.

Meat and Potatoes Portfolio: Aim for Income from Dividends?
October 22, 2015

Meat and Potatoes Portfolio: Aim for Income from Dividends?

Dividend investing can be a relatively straightforward investing concept and many investors fancy this approach for its potential income-producing means.

Will the Fed Spoil the Stock Market's Best Six Months?
October 20, 2015

Will the Fed Spoil the Stock Market's Best Six Months?

It’s that time of year—the stock market’s typical best six months. It’s the start of a well-chronicled seasonal and historical market tendency for stocks to outperform ...

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Could Retail Sales Data Sway the Earnings Tone and Fed Decision?
October 14, 2015

Could Retail Sales Data Sway the Earnings Tone and Fed Decision?

Wednesday’s release of the monthly retail sales number—typically a highly watched economic report—could be even more meaningful than usual. This well-timed ...

Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off?
October 12, 2015

Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off?

“There is no sin except stupidity,” Oscar Wilde wrote in “The Critic as Artist.” Proponents of expanding broad-based portfolio research to include alcohol ...

History Repeating? Debt Ceiling May Call for a Portfolio Check
October 9, 2015

History Repeating? Debt Ceiling May Call for a Portfolio Check

With its budget patch, the federal government keeps the lights on to start the new fiscal year.

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Baby Boomers Buy What? 6 Surprising Spending Habits
October 5, 2015

Baby Boomers Buy What? 6 Surprising Spending Habits

Every day for the next 15 years, roughly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. This well-documented generation represents nearly 26% of the total U.S. population ...

Are Some Stocks Stuck in the Economy's Secular Stagnation?
October 1, 2015

Are Some Stocks Stuck in the Economy's Secular Stagnation?

Worries and debate about so-called “secular stagnation” have rippled through the economic community in recent years as the U.S. growth rate has ...

Q3 Earnings Watch: Does the Fed Know Something You Don't?
September 22, 2015

Q3 Earnings Watch: Does the Fed Know Something You Don't?

As the dust settles from last week's Federal Reserve interest rate meeting, some investors may be wondering if the central bank knows something everyone else...

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Weathering an Investing Storm: What's Coming With El Niño?
September 21, 2015

Weathering an Investing Storm: What's Coming With El Niño?

They call it a Godzilla El Niño. But before you start making popcorn for a night in front of a chilling horror flick, savvy investors may first want to explore the ...

Could Fed Action Actually Be a Bullish Signal?
September 15, 2015

Could Fed Action Actually Be a Bullish Signal?

As the Federal Reserve gathers for a hotly debated policy meeting this week, stock market jitters accompany concerns that the Fed could take away the ...

Rising Interest Rates: The Impact on Fixed Income
September 11, 2015

Rising Interest Rates: The Impact on Fixed Income

Investors, traders, savers, and home-buyers are fixated on Federal Reserve decision-making, especially in the...

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Stock Sector Focus: Consumers Love that New-Car Smell
September 9, 2015

Stock Sector Focus: Consumers Love that New-Car Smell

If you’ve got your eye—or your nose—on a new car, you’re not alone. Soaring new car sales reflect consumers’ confidence in their fiscal condition. Car ...

Remember CDs? Interest Rate Hikes Could Unlock Demand
August 31, 2015

Remember CDs? Interest Rate Hikes Could Unlock Demand

After nearly a decade of rock-bottom interest rates, the certificate of deposit (CD) is suffering from reduced demand. You remember CDs—those plain-vanilla ...

Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines?
August 24, 2015

Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines?

The stock market moves in cycles. There are up phases and down phases. And at the risk of painting broad generalizations, retail investors have a tendency to ...

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Dr. Copper Is In: Gauging Global Economy and Growth Trends
August 17, 2015

Dr. Copper Is In: Gauging Global Economy and Growth Trends

Hunting for clues to the health of the global economy? It might be time to see the doctor. Market participants have tagged the moniker "Dr. Copper" onto this ...

Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks?
August 10, 2015

Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks?

The Federal Reserve, by most accounts, is poised this year to increase its key short-term lending rate for the first time since 2006. That leaves many investors ...

No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis
August 3, 2015

No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis

Traders often anxiously await an "aha" moment—that instant of clarity about a trading idea or a market’s next leg up or down. Well, as a Chinese proverb tells us ...

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Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate
July 20, 2015

Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate

The explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and automated, or “robo,” strategies using ETFs has cranked up the volume in the debate that pits passive investing ...

Greece Makes A Deal: Now Let’s Focus On U.S. Earnings
July 14, 2015

Greece Makes A Deal: Now Let’s Focus On U.S. Earnings

Will Greek headlines finally fade into the rearview mirror and let U.S. investors get back to the business of earnings? Maybe yes.

Mid-Year Stock Playbook: Greece, China, Fed … What’s Next?
July 9, 2015

Mid-Year Stock Playbook: Greece, China, Fed … What’s Next?

So far 2015 has been a year loaded with volatile headlines generated around the globe and around the board table—from Greece to China to Puerto Rico ...

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Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer
July 6, 2015

Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer

Market timing—that is, pegging exits and entries at their most fortuitous—eludes most investors. But that doesn’t stop the pursuit. Here’s a way to use sentiment ...

Theme Investing: Should You Think Like the Millennials?
June 29, 2015

Theme Investing: Should You Think Like the Millennials?

The mighty millennial generation, who at 92 million strong are sometimes considered a go-to source for purchasing power and techno-savvy, are now a hot ...

Economic X-Ray: Unskilled or Skilled Labor Shortage? Try Both
June 22, 2015

Economic X-Ray: Unskilled or Skilled Labor Shortage? Try Both

It’s a tale of two economies: a nation of skilled labor and unskilled. At root is the notion that the U.S.—whose workforce-age population is shrinking—has become a ...

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Economic X-Ray: Examining Transportation Infrastructure
June 15, 2015

Economic X-Ray: Examining Transportation Infrastructure

Market watchers scrutinize the major economic indicators for opportunities. While the usual metrics—jobs, housing—remain important, let’s not forget ...

Alternative Investing: Down on the Farm with Farmland REITs
June 11, 2015

Alternative Investing: Down on the Farm with Farmland REITs

The new kid on the block for real estate investment trusts (REITs) is farmland, whose rising values offer risk-tolerant investors a chance to play land baron ...

Interest Rate Watch: Fed May Snub IMF's Call for Hike Delay
June 9, 2015

Interest Rate Watch: Fed May Snub IMF's Call for Hike Delay

The stock market’s interest rate watch intensified in recent trading sessions after influential lender the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week called ...

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Cash Is King: Follow the Money Flow to Begin Your Stock Analysis
June 4, 2015

Cash Is King: Follow the Money Flow to Begin Your Stock Analysis

Cash flow is the foundation of a company’s financial health and is a critical tool for deciding whether a stock might be worth your time. Some analysts say that ...

Transportation Stocks Diverge: A Dow Theory Red Flag?
June 2, 2015

Transportation Stocks Diverge: A Dow Theory Red Flag?

This spring, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) climbed to new all-time highs, the Dow Jones Transportation Average—a mix of airline, railroad, and ...

Health Care Sector Surges: Not Just for Playing Defense?
May 27, 2015

Health Care Sector Surges: Not Just for Playing Defense?

The health care sector is no longer just a corner of the stock market for investors to play defense. This category has chalked up the best performance in the S&P 500 ...

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Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector
May 11, 2015

Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector

The rapid acceleration of crowdfunding—the latest among potential systemic shocks to the financial services industry—is leaving traditional banks ...

Spoiler Alert: Investing in Your Grandkids is Smart
May 11, 2015

Spoiler Alert: Investing in Your Grandkids is Smart

Being a grandparent gives you new opportunities to invest. Learn how investing for grandchildren may help you spoil them long into the future.

Weak Q1 GDP May Flash Warning for Earnings, Stocks
May 5, 2015

Weak Q1 GDP May Flash Warning for Earnings, Stocks

A much weaker than expected Q1 gross domestic product (GDP) reading could be a red flag for corporate earnings. That means stock investors may need to ...

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Stocks Hit All-Time Highs (Again): Time to Review and Rebalance?
April 28, 2015

Stocks Hit All-Time Highs (Again): Time to Review and Rebalance?

Break out the champagne—that is, if you have any left after the year that Wall Street has had. With Federal Reserve interest rate hikes looming, and at the ...

Greek Debt Steals Stock Spotlight: Focus on Position Size
April 21, 2015

Greek Debt Steals Stock Spotlight: Focus on Position Size

Concerns about Greek debt are dominating financial headlines again. That means U.S. investor jitters are heating up as the cash-strapped nation’s ...

Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention
April 16, 2015

Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention

On a construction site, you’ll hear the phrase “measure twice, cut once.” When constructing an investment portfolio, you may need to measure, re-measure, and ...

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It's Stock-Picking Time: Finding Sector Bright Spots
April 8, 2015

It's Stock-Picking Time: Finding Sector Bright Spots

It's time for individual investors to take a cue from the pros by looking not only at the broader equity market, but drilling down to individual sector analysis.

IRA Oops Moment, Pt. 2: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable
March 30, 2015

IRA Oops Moment, Pt. 2: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable

If you find yourself needing to remove part or all of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution to avoid a tax penalty, there is a way. As we learned in ...

Why Rising Interest Rates Could Be Good for Stocks
March 26, 2015

Why Rising Interest Rates Could Be Good for Stocks

Many stock investors wonder: if the Federal Reserve takes away the punch bowl—as some observers think could happen as soon as mid-year—will it be the end ...

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Sentiment Hits Two-Year Low, but Stocks Climb Wall of Worry
March 24, 2015

Sentiment Hits Two-Year Low, but Stocks Climb Wall of Worry

Are stocks still climbing a wall of worry? At least some measures of investor sentiment show market participants are questioning the soundness ...

Listen Up: How Language about the Future Affects Our Savings
March 23, 2015

Listen Up: How Language about the Future Affects Our Savings

Did you know that the way you talk about the future may impact how much money you save? It’s all in your language. Speakers of languages that require...

  Plunging Crude Oil Could Leave the Economy Low On Gas
March 18, 2015

Plunging Crude Oil Could Leave the Economy Low On Gas

Getting more comfortable filling up your SUV lately? Although those extra dollars give you more spending power away from the pump, the benefits of cheaper ...

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IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix
March 16, 2015

IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix

Congratulations! You’re a conscientious saver with an eye on a comfortable retirement, and you regularly maximize your annual Individual Retirement Account...

With Dollar at 12-Year High, Be Choosy with Stock Selection
March 10, 2015

With Dollar at 12-Year High, Be Choosy with Stock Selection

The U.S. dollar has kicked up a broader-market firestorm, climbing to fresh 12-year highs on Monday (figure 1). Global investors continue to pour funds ...

Hedge Fund Truth: What Investors Should Know
March 9, 2015

Hedge Fund Truth: What Investors Should Know

Hedge funds offer a potential haven from wild market swings—that is, if it all works out. If it doesn't ...

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Investors & Traders, It’s Tax Time. Your To-Do List
March 5, 2015

Investors & Traders, It’s Tax Time. Your To-Do List

It's important to be aware of these extra responsibilities when completing a Schedule D for the IRS.

The S&P Bull Turns Six. What Does This Mean for Investors?
March 3, 2015

The S&P Bull Turns Six. What Does This Mean for Investors?

By historical standards, the Bull is old. But "abnormal" market conditions make this one a little different.

Will Active Mutual Fund Managers Go With the Dinosaurs?
March 2, 2015

Will Active Mutual Fund Managers Go With the Dinosaurs?

To index, or not to index? Investors want to know if it's worth the extra cost of actively managed funds.

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Boomer Divorce and Remarriage: Money Mistakes to Avoid
February 26, 2015

Boomer Divorce and Remarriage: Money Mistakes to Avoid

For people in or near retirement, more assets can complicate things for separating couples.

On the Hunt for U.S. Consumer Spending? Shop Around
February 18, 2015

On the Hunt for U.S. Consumer Spending? Shop Around

Soft consumer spending readings seem to contradict strong U.S. job growth. Investors might consider drilling down to the storefront level for a clearer picture.

Getting Your Head Wrapped Around Portfolio Rebalancing
February 12, 2015

Getting Your Head Wrapped Around Portfolio Rebalancing

A yogi may tell you that aligning your “chakras” regularly will keep you healthy and happy. The same advice holds true when it's time to rebalance...

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A “rational” stock market? More like a “drunken psycho”
February 2, 2015

A “rational” stock market? More like a “drunken psycho”

Under efficient market theory, stocks incorporate all pertinent information and trade at fair value. However, no less than Warren Buffett says that’s a bunch of hooey.

End Zone Dance for Investors? Super Bowl May Hold Clues
January 26, 2015

End Zone Dance for Investors? Super Bowl May Hold Clues

The Super Bowl Indicator actually has had a pretty high "QB rating" for foretelling the U.S. market performance.

Are Dividend Yields Stuck on the Small-Portion Menu?
January 15, 2015

Are Dividend Yields Stuck on the Small-Portion Menu?

While many investors may view the U.S. market's record rally as a bountiful feast, dividend yields remained bite-sized, grinding along near historic lows.

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Are Small-Cap Soldiers Ready to Lead the New Year’s Charge?
January 12, 2015

Are Small-Cap Soldiers Ready to Lead the New Year’s Charge?

Anyone gifted with “Stratego” during the holidays? The old board game with echoes of the Napoleon-era battlefields of Europe offers an analogy for investors.

Deflation: Why the Fed—and Investors—Fear It
January 6, 2015

Deflation: Why the Fed—and Investors—Fear It

At first glance, the whole idea sounds pretty enticing—falling prices for almost everything you need and want ...

Four Investor To-Dos Before the Ball Drops on 2015
December 30, 2014

Four Investor To-Dos Before the Ball Drops on 2015

The end of the year is always a good time for a personal reality check, not to mention a portfolio check. It’s been an eventful year, as usual. The American economy...

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Feel Lucky? A Little Bit Helps, but You Need More Than That
December 30, 2014

Feel Lucky? A Little Bit Helps, but You Need More Than That

Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning Princeton University psychologist who is widely credited with creating the field of behavioral economics, has some...

Margin Momentum ... Or Mayhem
November 25, 2014

Margin Momentum ... Or Mayhem

When investors grow increasingly bullish, they often turn to other people’s money— aka margin—to load up even more. Perfectly legal, yes, but also dangerous if...

Deconstructing the Dow
September 1, 2014

Deconstructing the Dow

The dear, old Dow— love it or hate it (and many market professionals fall into the latter category), one thing is for certain: You can’t ignore it, even if you try. Here’s...

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On the Contrary ...
September 1, 2014

On the Contrary ...

Contrarian investing isn’t just doing the opposite of what the headlines say or going against the crowd. It’s more complicated than that. Sentiment analysis tools...

Altitude Adjustment for Bond Market?
August 1, 2014

Altitude Adjustment for Bond Market?

Interest rates will rise and bond prices will decline. When, exactly, and by how much? No one knows for sure. All the more reason for fixed income investors...

Why Wait for Financial Aid?
August 1, 2014

Why Wait for Financial Aid?

Go ahead, throw yourself on the mercy of State U’s aid office and crank out the scholarship essays. But you may also want to consider a tax-advantaged 529 College...

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How to Blow (Off) Bubbles
August 1, 2014

How to Blow (Off) Bubbles

From tulip bulbs to dot-coms, history is littered with the wreckage of market bubbles. Current conditions aren’t raising red flags among most market experts...

Beef Up, Go Green
July 1, 2014

Beef Up, Go Green

Inflation is right under your nose. On the dinner table. At the doctor’s office. But so too are potential opportunities. Learn how you might harness inflation...

Staying in the Game
July 1, 2014

Staying in the Game

Risk management can take many forms— it’s what prevents you from torpedoing your kid’s college fund, for starters. But before you can do it, you have to define it...

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Flipping Inflation the Bird
June 1, 2014

Flipping Inflation the Bird

Inflation hawks have been voices in the wilderness for some time. But guess what? If ever they’re 100% right, damage to economic growth, and unprotected...

How to Avoid Brain Freeze
June 1, 2014

How to Avoid Brain Freeze

Fear isn’t something you can mitigate by tinkering with watch lists or chart indicators. Even market veterans aren’t immune to the mental paralysis that can hit...

The Price is Right ... Right?
May 1, 2014

The Price is Right ... Right?

Arguably the granddaddy of all the market metrics to determine expensive versus cheap, the price-to-earnings ratio has been (and probably always will be) a subject...

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Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation
May 1, 2014

Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation

When’s the best time to think about inflation? Right now—when it’s not chewing your portfolio to shreds. Few economists predict a repeat of 1970s-style inflation...

Tune In: Corporate Conference Calls after Quarterly Earnings
April 13, 2014

Tune In: Corporate Conference Calls after Quarterly Earnings

The conference calls held after the release of quarterly financial results, a routine practice for most U.S. corporations, can be a rich source of insight and ideas...

Cost Basis: Covered Securities and Tax Implications Explained
January 13, 2014

Cost Basis: Covered Securities and Tax Implications Explained

It’s time to run down the changes we will see this tax filing season and what to expect in 2014 and beyond. In 2001, the U.S. Government Accountability Office...

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Your Next Global Move? Follow the Flow of Emerging Markets
October 13, 2013

Your Next Global Move? Follow the Flow of Emerging Markets

Trade winds may be swirling in favor of emerging market countries sitting on a surplus, not riding on stimulus. Feeling a change in the air? Autumn is the time when...

Don’t Skip this Class: Tax-Advantaged 529s versus Retirement
August 13, 2013

Don’t Skip this Class: Tax-Advantaged 529s versus Retirement

College-planning math can bring on a serious brain cramp. Financial Advisor Ric Edelman urges focus on this number instead—tax-advantaged 529s.

Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options
July 12, 2013

Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options

Options aren’t always for speculation. Just as we insure our homes and cars, options can be used to offer some protection for a limited period.

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Move Like Jagger and Buy Like Buffett: Stock Screener
July 12, 2013

Move Like Jagger and Buy Like Buffett: Stock Screener

Investors looking for attractively priced, quality stocks might borrow a page from Warren Buffett and ‘Value Daddy’ Benjamin Graham, but only with the help of...

Go Ahead, Grill Your Financial Advisor: Getting the Low-Down
June 5, 2013

Go Ahead, Grill Your Financial Advisor: Getting the Low-Down

Before you hand over your future, put your financial advisors in the hot seat. They can take it. It’s one of the most important relationships in your life. So don’t shy...

50 Shades of Green: Environmental Trends with Benefits
April 5, 2013

50 Shades of Green: Environmental Trends with Benefits

Climate-conscientious stock-picking has evolved past volatile solar and wind. Here’s how you might tint your portfolio without sacrificing due diligence.

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Sniff Out Inflation: Gauge Sentiment with Gold, CRB, and CPI
March 5, 2013

Sniff Out Inflation: Gauge Sentiment with Gold, CRB, and CPI

The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and sometimes tough to recognize. Are the old measures still reliable?

Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know
February 5, 2013

Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know

Bond duration is one of those terms most investors think they understand. That is, until they actually have to define it. We’ll help. It’s not inaccurate to talk about...

Whale Hunting: Using an SEC Form to Shadow Big Investors
January 3, 2013

Whale Hunting: Using an SEC Form to Shadow Big Investors

Sometimes managing risk and finding investment opportunities is simply about following the money. The secret might be tracing institutional activities through...

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Trash to Cash? Waste-to-Energy Means Investment Opportunities
November 24, 2012

Trash to Cash? Waste-to-Energy Means Investment Opportunities

It’s a dirty world, but cleaning it up may be rewarding. In Yorkshire, England there’s an old expression: “Where there’s muck, there’s brass.” Meaning if you’re willing...

Birds and Bees, Tuition and Fees: Raising Financially Savvy Kids
September 20, 2012

Birds and Bees, Tuition and Fees: Raising Financially Savvy Kids

How to talk to Gen Z about finances: Try more show than tell. Remember that sizzling egg commercial: this is your brain; this is your brain on drugs? Here’s another...

To My Younger Self: Financial Tips You’ll Wish You Had Known
July 11, 2012

To My Younger Self: Financial Tips You’ll Wish You Had Known

Financial veterans and an inspirational Olympian play advisor—to themselves. If you knew then what you know now, would you have done anything differently?...

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Four Big Mistakes That Will Devastate Your Finances
June 15, 2012

Four Big Mistakes That Will Devastate Your Finances

Four big mistakes that will devastate your finances. Coming up with the perfect investing strategy can take a lifetime of effort and discipline. Unfortunately, all that...

Where is Your Next Investing Idea? Look to the Y Generation
April 15, 2012

Where is Your Next Investing Idea? Look to the Y Generation

Gen Y. They’re mostly under 35 and tech savvy. We can all take a few notes. Do young hipsters (20s and 30s) use their mighty tech brains to post pictures on...

Sniffing Out a Stock Market Crash: Charting Tips for Bears
February 15, 2012

Sniffing Out a Stock Market Crash: Charting Tips for Bears

You can’t predict a market collapse, but there are tools you can use to help you see if there might be rough roads ahead. It’s a random, high-impact event that...

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