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How to Invest in an Economic Downturn

An economic downturn can be the best time to pick up bargains in the stock market, but the process is terrifying. When you bet against the crowd, you’ll feel doubly foolish if you’re wrong. So how can you select companies that will leave you with the last laugh? Always ask: What will happen if I’m wrong? You may feel sure...

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5 Big Investing Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

In the past workers could count on a lifetime of income through a traditional defined benefit pension program. If those workers were loyal to the companies they worked for, they could receive a check for life when they finally retired. Those days are long gone, and today’s workers need to look out for their own...

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Market Crash Primer

Every now and then, the stock market goes insane. Sometimes Mr. Market acts like a drunken sailor on a four-day binge and bids up everything in sight. Companies with no earnings sell for astronomical prices. You can play Blind man’s Bluff with the stock tables, and anything you pick will be a winner. Other times, the market...

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Why Bonds are a Bad Bet

Bonds are safe and a better alternative than those risky stocks, right? Don’t bet your future on it. For the last 20 years, bonds have outperformed stocks. That seldom-seen scenario has individual investors abandoning the stock market and pouring into bonds at an unprecedented rate. Like sheep to the slaughter, they haven’t...

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Is Buy-and-Hold Investing Dead?

During the market meltdown of 2008, nearly every financial website contained an article or two on the death of buy-and-hold investing. After all, if you bought and held right before the crash, you probably saw 40% of your money disappear for quite some time. But those making the funeral plans might want to hold off a bit. It seems...

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The Unbeatable Advantages of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF)

Nearly everyone has heard of a relatively new investment product called exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but there is much confusion about what they are and how they differ from mutual funds. This article will outline the many advantages of exchange-traded funds over mutual funds. A mutual fund is an aggregation of stocks, passively or...

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How To Increase Your Dividend Income

In a low interest rate environment, bank accounts are paying very little in interest. Government bonds, too, offer interest yields well below the rate of inflation, so your money not only won’t pay you a decent income, but will gradually lose its purchasing power. If you live on the interest from your savings, you could be...

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7 Awesome Perks Offered by Discount Stock Brokers

When choosing a discount stock broker, you probably compare commission fees and opt for a broker who offers low-cost trades. But commission fees aren’t all there is to choosing a discount stock broker. In addition to low-cost trades, it’s worthwhile to compare the perks offered by various discount brokers. If all else is...

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