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The best stock trading and investment apps in 2021 are free and offer the opportunity to invest in many different asset classes.
6 Best Stock Trading & Investment Apps in 2021 Investing & Retirement January 20, 2021
The best stock trading apps allow you to buy and sell a variety of investments for free right from your…
"What is an HSA" and "what are the HSA contribution limits in 2021" are common health insurance questions.
What Is an HSA Account and How Does It Work? Health Insurance January 19, 2021
If you’re enrolled in a high-deductible health plan at work, you may have been offered the option of an HSA.…
The best robo-advisors offer low fees for managing your investment along with good customer service and a good app or website.
8 Best Robo-Advisors in 2021 Investing & Retirement January 8, 2021
The best robo-advisors are popular because of their inexpensive, hands-off, low-risk approach to investing. As more robo-advisors (and investment options…
Ask money expert Clark Howard your money questions
Ask Clark: Is the 4% Retirement Rule Still Accurate? Investing & Retirement December 14, 2020
Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions by money expert Clark Howard. Is the 4%…
Webull is a free investment app for swing traders who understand technical analysis.
Webull Review: Free Stock, Charts Galore Investing & Retirement December 10, 2020
Webull provides investors with a free, mobile-first trading app. In this article, I'll review Webull to help you understand what…
Acorns vs. Robinhood is a common debate among new investors looking for a mobile fintech company.
Acorns vs. Robinhood: Which Investing App Is the Best? Investing & Retirement December 9, 2020
In this comparison of Acorns vs. Robinhood, I hope to show you why this is a wonderful era for investment…
Webull vs. Robinhood is a modern debate between free, self-directed investment apps.
Webull vs. Robinhood: Which Investing App Is the Best? Investing & Retirement December 9, 2020
Webull vs. Robinhood: the subject of a great modern debate between people who love self-directed mobile investing platforms. When Robinhood…
Clark.com's Acorns review will explain how the micro-investment platform works and examine its fees.
Acorns Review: How It Works, Pros & Cons Investing & Retirement December 9, 2020
If you're looking for companies to help you invest your money, one big player is the Acorns platform. In this…
Charles Schwab investment banking
Report: #1 Investment Company for Customer Satisfaction Investing & Retirement November 30, 2020
2020 has been a wild ride for most investors, and a new study indicates the relationship between investment companies and…
Retirement money
How Long Will $920,400 Last in Retirement? Investing & Retirement November 10, 2020
If you've got close to a million dollars socked away for retirement, you're in pretty good shape, right? Well, it…
The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020 is a bipartisan bill that would help the American public with its retirement needs.
Helpful Changes May Be Coming to Your Retirement Accounts Investing & Retirement November 2, 2020
A new bipartisan retirement bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week could provide help to seniors, lower-income…
2021 Retirement Contribution Limits: 401(k), Roth IRA, Traditional IRA and More
2021 Retirement Contribution Limits: 401(k), Roth IRA, Traditional IRA and More Investing & Retirement October 30, 2020
Ready to save money for retirement? It’s helpful to be aware of current retirement contribution limits so you know how…
Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2021 Is 1.3%
Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2021 Is 1.3% Investing & Retirement October 13, 2020
The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced a slight year-over-year rise in monthly benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security…
Robinhood reviews are nuanced because of the many layers involved with judging the company that has further democratized investing.
Robinhood Review: Pros, Cons & Who Should Use It Investing & Retirement October 7, 2020
Robinhood has democratized investing, making it affordable for people of any age and income. It offers free stock trading and…
Fort Lauderdale, Florida is one of the best places to retire
Report: 10 Best Retirement Cities in America Investing & Retirement October 5, 2020
If you’ve started researching when — and where — to retire, we don’t have to tell you that living in…
Social Security card and money
The Age Most Americans Are Claiming Social Security Benefits Investing & Retirement September 16, 2020
Do you know the best age to claim you federal retirement benefits? A recent report says most older Americans don’t…
Financial advisor looking at stock market prices on his phone
Here’s What Retirees Are Asking Their Financial Advisors Investing & Retirement August 24, 2020
If you are retired or thinking about retiring soon, the recent economic volatility might have you concerned about your financial…
Target Date Funds vs Index Funds
Target Date Funds vs. Index Funds: Which Is Better for You? Investing & Retirement July 10, 2020
Target date funds and index funds are two of the options available when you're investing, but is one better than…
Fractional Shares
4 Things to Know Before You Buy Fractional Shares Investing & Retirement July 7, 2020
Buying fractional shares of stock is a way to invest in companies you want to own a part of without…
index funds investing concept on $100 bills
What Is an Index Fund and Why Should I Invest in One? Investing & Retirement July 1, 2020
If you're new to investing, you may have heard about index funds but maybe you're not exactly sure what they…
401 K plan in tablet with money on a table
Ask Clark: Should I Take Money From My 401(k) Right Now? Investing & Retirement April 20, 2020
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is staggering. Millions of Americans have joined the ranks of the unemployed. As…
unemployment benefits written on pad surrounded by money and calculator
Ask Clark: Does Collecting Unemployment Affect Social Security in the Long Run? Investing & Retirement April 17, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions onto the unemployment rolls almost overnight. Naturally, many of those people are wondering what…
Retirees holding sign showing retirement budget and expense categories
7 Major Expenses in Retirement (and How to Reduce Them!) Investing & Retirement April 16, 2020
Many people spend their working years trying to save enough for retirement. But how can you predict what your spending…
Savings bonds of the Series EE and Series I variety
Ask Clark: Should I Be Buying Savings Bonds Right Now? Investing & Retirement April 13, 2020
At a time when there's a lot of instability in the stock market, people are looking for a safe haven.…
Some employers are cutting 401(k) matching contributions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ask Clark: What Should I Do if My Company Stops Matching 401(k) Contributions? Investing & Retirement April 6, 2020
Even in the midst of record job losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are fortunate to…
Roth IRA and traditional IRA
Is a Roth IRA Better Than a Traditional IRA? Investing & Retirement April 3, 2020
Whether your employer offers a 401(k) option or not, an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) makes it easy for you to…
Roth IRA conversion
Ask Clark: Should I Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? Investing & Retirement April 1, 2020
We all know there's not a lot of good news economically coming out of the coronavirus pandemic right now. But…
Social Security benefits
Ask Clark: Should I File for Social Security Now? Investing & Retirement March 26, 2020
A lot of Americans are finding themselves laid off or with hours cut back at work. If you're in your…
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Ask Clark: What Do I Do With My 401(k) if I Am Laid Off? Investing & Retirement March 24, 2020
When times get tough and you're out of work, you may be tempted to tap your 401(k) for living expenses.…
Young man thinking about investing in the stock market
Ask Clark: Should I Buy Stocks Right Now? Investing & Retirement March 23, 2020
If you're a younger investor, you may be wondering if you should use money you've saved for another purpose to…