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“Investing can seem so complicated that you might shut down and do nothing about it — or feel you need to hire someone to guide you. However, it doesn’t need to be complex. You probably already have the opportunity to get started right where you work.”

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The biggest mistake you can make with your 401(k)
The biggest mistake you can make with your 401(k) Money & Credit January 5, 2018
Are you guilty of making what SmartMoney magazine once called 'The Dumbest Investment Move' in your 401(k) at work? I…
Investing 101 | How to get started with $1,000 or less
Investing 101 | How to get started with $1,000 or less Commoncents December 14, 2017
Disclosure: Team Clark is adamant that we will never write content influenced by or paid for by an advertiser. To…
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The #1 Social Security mistake people make is so easy to avoid! Investing & Retirement December 13, 2017
It's the great debate that just about everyone has an opinion on...when should you claim Social Security? If you claim…
Stock Market
Is now a bad time to invest? Money & Credit November 30, 2017
The stock market is on a tear. As the Dow has soared through 20,000 and 22,000 and now past 24,000,…
5 key steps to retiring early
5 key steps to retiring early Money & Credit November 28, 2017
Have you ever wondered, “Would it really be possible for me to retire early?” The answer to that question in…
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Vanguard: 70% chance of imminent stock market decline — here’s why you shouldn’t care Investing & Retirement November 28, 2017
If you're a fan of money expert Clark Howard's style of investing, you're probably familiar with Vanguard, the $5 trillion…
Here’s a new way to fund your Acorns account
Here’s a new way to fund your Acorns account Money & Credit November 21, 2017
If you're familiar with Acorns, you probably know it's an app that lets you invest spare change and hopefully turn…
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Will catch-up contributions to your 401(k) be taxed in the future? Investing & Retirement November 14, 2017
Savers breathed a collective sigh of relief when House Republicans left their retirement alone in the Tax Cuts and Jobs…
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Here’s why Clark is no longer recommending TIAA Investing & Retirement November 13, 2017
TIAA has long had a stellar reputation in the investment world as a careful steward of money belonging to clients…
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DIY divorce? Don’t over look this important step when splitting a 401(k) or pension Investing & Retirement November 8, 2017
If you're having an amicable divorce, you might be tempted to think you can just split all your assets and…
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Your 401(k) and the tax bill: Contribution limits would remain untouched, but other changes may be coming Investing & Retirement November 7, 2017
When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was unveiled by House Republicans last week, a lot of attention was dedicated…
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Does your Vanguard portfolio include a company that contributes to genocide? Investing & Retirement October 30, 2017
For many years, money expert Clark Howard has recommended the Vanguard STAR Fund to parents and grandparents who wanted to…
The best robo-advisors of 2017: A cheaper and easier way to invest
The best robo-advisors of 2017: A cheaper and easier way to invest Money & Credit October 28, 2017
It used to be that if finance befuddled you, you probably would have shied away from investing. But with the…
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Know the right questions to ask of a fee-only financial advisor Investing & Retirement October 24, 2017
Money expert Clark Howard puts a lot of emphasis on you taking control of your financial future by investing. When…
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Invest better: 15 new ETFs with expenses so tiny you need a microscope to see them! Investing & Retirement October 17, 2017
Another financial services firm is ready to give the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard a run for their money in…
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Financial advisor designations: This free tool sorts through the alphabet soup Investing & Retirement October 12, 2017
Getting investing advice sometimes involves a lot of wading through alphabet soup — IRAs, 401(k)s, CFPs, CFAs... All the acronyms can…
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Time to invest? Bitcoin tops the $5,000 mark Investing & Retirement October 12, 2017
It's been called a "fraud" and a "folly" by the financial establishment and prestigious economists alike. Those who trade in…
Don’t make these 7 common retirement mistakes
Don’t make these 7 common retirement mistakes Money & Credit October 5, 2017
Financial planning and investing isn't rocket science. It's first and foremost about discipline. You set some goals, determine what needs…
Sharing a bank account with an elderly parent can be risky
Sharing a bank account with an elderly parent can be risky Money & Credit September 7, 2017
Sharing a joint bank account with an elderly parent seems like the obvious choice when you're tasked with managing his…
How Americans are wasting $1.7 trillion in retirement savings
How Americans are wasting $1.7 trillion in retirement savings Money & Credit August 7, 2017
It's no secret that many Americans have a bad habit of wasteful spending. While some people don't realize just how…
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Squirrel away money for the future with Acorns — one purchase at a time Investing & Retirement July 21, 2017
It's a new day for investors thanks to a fresh crop of financial technology companies that let you start investing…
Retire sooner using the ‘Fill The Gap’ strategy
Retire sooner using the ‘Fill The Gap’ strategy Investing & Retirement July 7, 2017
How much money do you need to retire? To hear Wall Street tell it, you need to amass between $1…
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10 cheap places to retire that offer great quality of life Money & Credit June 28, 2017
When it comes to retirement, you want to live in a place where you'll enjoy a great quality of life…
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Clark’s Take: These Investment Companies Offer You the Best Bang for Your Buck Investing & Retirement June 12, 2017
Investing is one of things that can get so complicated that it makes some people just want to run away…
The great debate between active and passive investing
The great debate between active and passive investing Investing & Retirement May 31, 2017
“Any philosophy that can fit in a nutshell belongs there.” That bit of wisdom goes double for investment philosophy. For…
Beware of pump and dump stock scams that will leave you broke
Beware of pump and dump stock scams that will leave you broke Scams & Rip-Offs May 11, 2017
More scams to watch out for: The simplest, most effective way to prevent debit fraud Top 10 financial scams targeting…
6 reasons I own dividend-paying stocks
6 reasons I own dividend-paying stocks Investing & Retirement May 1, 2017
It's no secret that I'm a big believer in income investing. Folks who know my philosophy know that dividend-paying stocks…
5 ways to buy stocks for free or very cheap
5 ways to buy stocks for free or very cheap Money & Credit April 14, 2017
Coming in May 2017: Motif Investing will charge a $10 semi-annual platform fee on low-balance accounts with little trading activity.…
The 10 best and worst states to retire in 2017
The 10 best and worst states to retire in 2017 Investing & Retirement March 30, 2017
If you're thinking about moving to a new state for retirement, Florida may be the first place that comes to…
This one simple tip can help you earn more than 90% of investors
This one simple tip can help you earn more than 90% of investors Money & Credit March 24, 2017
If you want to know how Clark has been successful at investing and how he's taught others to do the…