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Getting Started With Investing
For help determining how much you may need for your retirement, figuring out your optimal asset allocation, adopting the best process for choosing investments, and choosing among your IRA and 401(K) options, read The Essentials of Investing. For college funding, read How to Help Your Kids Pay for College.

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Four “Blind Spots” To Watch Out For When Investing

Ignorance definitely isn’t bliss when it comes to your investments, and yet we all seem to be hard-wired with blind spots, or as psychologists call them, behavioral biases. Here are some of the more common ways we tend to make irrational and unprofitable investment decisions. 1. Assigning too much value to the most recent news Try […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Easiest Investment Decision Now, The Morality of Shopping, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. When dollar cost averaging matters the most (A Wealth of Common Sense). If you’ve been making monthly contributions to a retirement account, the best decision you can make right now — and the easiest — is to keep making those contributions. […]

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Profitable Ideas: When Investing Gets Uncomfortable, The One Guarantee in the Stock Market, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Everybody’s talking about it (The Irrelevant Investor). To invest, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable sometimes. Here’s what happens when you panic and sell your 401(k) investments (USA Today). In short, nothing good. Why you probably don’t want to […]

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Profitable Ideas: This is Your Brain on Market Volatility, Blessed Are The Recyclers, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Don’t lose it (Humble Dollar). What happens to your brain when the markets go crazy. Blessed are the cobblers, recyclers, and thrift-store shoppers (Christianity Today). How should our faith guide us in a throw-away culture. You can afford that item you […]

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Investor Live Fire Testing

I remember reading an article by a long-haul cargo plane pilot who described his job as hour upon hour of boredom interspersed with moments of sheer terror. That’s a pretty good description of the stock market. There are long periods when not much happens. And then there are times like right now. Huge declines last […]

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