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Investor Psychology: Behavioral Biases That Can Lead to Costly Mistakes

The field of behavioral finance focuses on the emotional and cognitive aspects of investing. In recent decades, well-known economists have advanced the theory that investors' decisions can be

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Socially Responsible Investing: 6 Things You Should Know

Investing with an eye toward promoting social, political, or environmental concerns (or at least not supporting activities you feel are harmful) doesn't mean you have to forgo pursuing a return on

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Getting Out of the Market Was Easy, Getting Back in May Be Harder

For many, it was an easy decision to get out of the market and into cash when recent news of the global pandemic rocked the world economy. Once you sold, your sleep improved, your blood pressure

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7 Ways to Handle Market Volatility

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there's no

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Investment Planning: The Basics

Why do so many people never obtain the financial independence that they desire? Often it's because they just don't take that first step — getting started. Besides procrastination, other excuses

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Balancing a Retirement Portfolio with Asset Allocation

The combination of investments you choose is as important as the individual investments themselves. In fact, many experts argue that it's even more important, since the mix of various types of

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Retirement Plan Considerations at Different Stages of Life

Throughout your career, retirement planning will likely be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan. Whether you have just graduated and taken your first job, are

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Investing for Major Financial Goals

Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don't take any money out until you're ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little

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Understanding Risk

Few terms in personal finance are as important, or used as frequently, as "risk." Nevertheless, few terms are as imprecisely defined. Generally, when financial advisors or the media talk about

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Roth IRAs vs Roth Employer Plans

The option to use Roth versions of employer 401(k), 403(b), and 457 retirement plans are becoming more prevalent in recent years from both public and private employers. While these Roth employer

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